Magazine article Forced Migration Review

Liechtenstein Languages Project

Magazine article Forced Migration Review

Liechtenstein Languages Project

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www.liela.li

In February 2016 Liechtenstein introduced the LiechtensteinLanguages project (LieLa) to help asylum seekers and refugees integrate more quickly in their new country. Based on the New Learning Method developed in Liechtenstein in the 1990s, this language teaching method focuses on speaking skills - so that participants learn how to make themselves understood in German as quickly as possible - and on reducing barriers to learning.

The focus is on making learning fun, varied and active. LieLa trainers include games and movement in the sessions, and the teaching materials are designed to enable as many learners as possible to be active at the same time. Initial experiences have been positive, and suggest that the method is effective in engaging participants from very early on, regardless of age, gender or circumstances. Sessions focus on topics of immediate relevance to the asylum seekers' situations, such as dealing with public authorities, health care, getting about in town, and other aspects of everyday life. …

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