The Vic City Council Lifelong Learning Centre of Languages (hereinafter called the Centre) is a local public education centre part of the Vic City Council. Vic is a medium seized city covering 30,6 km with 46.214 inhabitants, and a 27,58% of immigrant population. The largest sources of employment in Vic are the industrial sector, in particular agri-food sector, as well as services and construction. This context creates an important need to offer language training opportunitties in order, not only to facilitate the access to public services, but also to learn the local language, to participate in the city life, and to improve foreign languages to develop in multilingual contexts.
The Centre offers flexible and adaptative support to study Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Italian. The Centre is also a space to learn from diversity and multilingualism in the city. Our methodology is based on solid and practical experience on the ground, combining personalized advice (273 students), different seized working groups (50 students), as well as rotation and cooperation with a remarkable role of the teachers as observers. By focusing on strengths and weaknesses, giving confidence and diminishing comparisons, we detect the optimal activities for each student in the different moments of the learning process, adapting to the various levels and rhythms of study. In 2019 the Centre received 323 local and foreign students from 16 yr. and above.