TOCL: TRANSLATION OF CULTURAL LANGUAGE FOR THE INCLUSION OF MIGRANTS
TRANSLATION OF CULTURAL LANGUAGE FOR THE INCLUSION OF MIGRANTS
01/11/2021 - 01/11/2023
Type of project
KA2 COOPERATION PARTNERSHIP
NATIONAL ERASMUS+ AGENCY (SPAIN)
For several years the migrant crisis and the need for migrant social inclusion have become a priority across the EU. It is recognised that, besides first emergencies care, livelihood care, labour support and language education, cultural education plays a paramount role in the fight of marginalisation of migrants and in the effective social inclusion of this target. In fact, culture education has assumed a starring role in EU policies. In the last report about Immigration in Spain (2019), the Spanish Economic and Social Council cultural integration was also counted as a basic goal for the national migrant integration strategy. Based on this awareness, there is a need to educate migrant communities on cultural elements specific to the hosting countries and regions while addressing their language knowledge. This is especially relevant in Spain, as the coordinating organization is settled in Catalonia, a multilingual territory in which language promotion is a basic objective of national and local culture. The need is to support cultural integration while implementing language training through the use of the appropriate translation of relevant cultural texts. Therefore, the need to support professionals/volunteers (language trainers, cultural and linguistic mediators, social workers, educators, NGO operators) in teaching culture via an innovative ‘Translating Culture’ methodology is evident. ‘TOCL – Translation Of Cultural Language for the inclusion of migrants’ suggests that a solution lies in making host countries’ culture accessible to migrants in order to facilitate their inclusion and participation in the local community and delve into the hosting culture. Therefore, TOCL supports professionals with training paths and practical educational tools so as to make cultural education feasible and effective.