A lack of language skills presents many international students with problems in their studies and hinders their access to the German job market. At the same time, foreign language skills are one of the most important key qualifications for all students who want to secure their professional opportunities at home and abroad. For the employees of Trier University of Applied Sciences, too, language skills and competencies in the field of intercultural communication are important success factors for working with international target groups. The aim of the project is therefore to establish a Center for Language and Intercultural Communication (ZSI) as a cross-location and cross-departmental institution at Trier University. The goal of the ZSI is to enable students, researchers and employees of the HS Trier to present topics from their respective fields in scientific, technical and professional contexts in both German and English and to discuss them in an interculturally competent manner. They should also be able to acquire competencies in at least one other foreign language. In the context of this, the following language portfolio is built up:
In addition to language courses in e-learning format, the offer for employees will also include a translation and proofreading service, which will contribute to the expansion of English-language teaching and better support for international students. This will be accompanied by intercultural competence workshops, especially for administrative staff, and proactive promotion of job shadowing or training opportunities abroad. A language tandem program and a monthly language evening are aimed at all university members and round off the language offerings.
In addition to the development of this portfolio, the institutionalization of the language center is to be made professional and sustainable through the adoption of a corresponding language policy. For this purpose, a round table of language policy with representatives of all departments and the administration is to be initiated within the framework of the project.
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