[Translation (French - English) : EPALE France]
The integration of migrants involves employment, and employment requires learning the language of the host country. Pistes-Solidaires has been a partner in the WORK-VR project since September 2018. The project was launched by the Danish organisation VIFIN, and focuses on the use of virtual reality for language learning and integration. The aim is to create an e-learning platform for learning work-related language and cultural skills. Three sectors will be involved: work as a nursing assistant in a nursing home, the food service industry and the construction sector.
This platform is associated with an immersive virtual reality environment. Work-VR will also use automatic speech recognition, which will allow the learner to practice and acquire spoken language.
The European partnership working on this two-year project is made up of several countries: Denmark, France, Italy, Cyprus and Germany. WORK-VR is currently in its final phase of preparation, before the new tools are tested.
The partners have embarked on the twofold objective of the project: on the one hand, putting in place the content of the virtual environments, which Vifin is working very hard on, while the translations and cultural adaptations specific to each country are being developed by all the members of the partnership. Simultaneously, the partners are also developing the content of the e-learning platform, which will be available in all partner languages, for each of the three sectors, with the support of professionals in foreign language teaching and adult education in these sectors.
Following this development, a training course will be held in May 2020 in Vejle, Denmark, with 5 representatives from each country who will then be in charge of experimenting different tools with a group of 40 people.
A first test of the environments and nursing home construction took place in early December in Cyprus at a transnational meeting. All participants were highly impressed, and are even more motivated to continue with the project and help newcomers discover these tools!