Project title: Key Competencies for Fostering Better International Understanding and Employability
Am I What You (believe) to See?
Communication competence involves situational adaptability and fluency in verbal and non-verbal means of communication and is a key to almost all other competencies (reading, speaking, writing, and counting). Our goal is to improve this competence by the use of body language for international understanding or CIC (Clear International Communication) and efficiency of education.
We offer international experience which might be understood as a kind of exercise or test of the trained competencies and give students/teachers a background for intercultural communication and how to compete the challenges to be faced in intercultural environment.
Communication can be assured in different situations with different competencies and methods like cross conversation, mirroring, translation circuits, etc. Especially the non-verbal sector of communication (body language, mimics, pantomime, video clips, picture-series, graphics, symbols, signs and arts, music and dance, tactile hints in acrobatics and other forms of expression) can support safer understanding, social inclusion and economic success for the whole society.
Incongruence between the goal of the sender and reception of the partners in communication can be detected in family, kindergarten, school, on the street in a workplace internationally. We conclude that we need non-verbal, verbal, emotional, artistic and foreign language competencies in different situations and surroundings. Therefore, the participating teachers and students interact in vocational activities, educational workshops for training of body language, voice, developing the ability of the target language, eliminating fears of public speaking, discussion in small groups, asking questions in groups, meetings and talking with strangers, being persistent, being watched while eating, writing, etc., using phone, communication with „important“ people, job interviews, indirect evaluation.
These competencies support:
– task-orientated non-violent cooperation in and outside school;
– reliable partnership and agreements;
– career guidance and employment;
– workplace stability;
– flexibility in case of losing the job;
– international employability;
– world-wide peace;
– successful peace conferences
This project is running from September 2015 – September 2018. Students from Greece, Lithuania, Poland and Germany are working during lessons and in their free time around their common topic “communication”. Word, text, song, picture, draft, symbol, letter, lecture, sales promotion, sketch, dance etc. up to nonverbal communication as “body language” are important fields of work.
The national teams exchange their results, achievements by IT-Media.
During international meetings the teams invent and exercise new activities and modules. The three-year project is also dedicated to international student vocational exchange.