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Active language learning and vocational practice

Sprache Beruf und Kultur


The project

The learning and command of a foreign language, intercultural competence, work and practical experience abroad are qualities of growing importance. Above all in view of the dynamic changes in the demands placed upon qualified employees and junior staff members at work in SME, administrative and political institutions. To meet such demands and supplemental to solid theoretical instruction, the Kolping Foreign Language School Heilbronn offers its students practical experience abroad. This offer is made possible through the support of the Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility project: 32 students, who participate in the two year training to become either a “European secretary” or a “Business correspondent”, took part in a three week study trip in spring 2009 in France, Spain and Great Britain.

In the target countries the students participated in language lessons of the partner organisation. In addition to foreign language instruction, they visited SME and companies in the region. In this way, the students got an idea of the economical makeup of the country and had the possibility of making international ties. A notable feature of this project was that its organisation was a responsibility of the students. The project took place in the form of a “project within a project”. The travel and programme dates were co-ordinated in the framework of office-management classes. During the courses in business and foreign language the realisation of travel plans took place. The project within a project has been expanded in an aspect relative to business management: the students started research in Germany which they completed abroad.

Leisure events and cultural events completed the programme. Some students lived in host families and experienced family life with its many facets.

The students profited from the study visit in many ways, they strengthened their foreign language skills through the use thereof in real-world situations. They also developed important knowledge regarding the mannerism and the language of their international business partner or customer. Additionally their personal development was enhanced through their stay abroad.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project execution
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association,
Kolping Training Centre Heilbronn, Foreign Language School, Germany

Project partners
Institucio Cultural del CIC, Barcelona, Spain
Paris Langues, Paris, France
European College of Business and Management, London, Great Britain

Contact person
Helena Struemann, Head of Foreign Language School, Heilbronn

EU-Funding Programme
Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility Projects

Sum of Funding
45,180 €

Period of Funding
01.06.2008 - 31.05.2009

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.