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New project for illiterate people, refugees and migrants
How do you convey the German language as tasty as possible? Best with the topic of eating and drinking. Because it is precisely what concerns everyone every day that offers many opportunities to stimulate dialogue between cultural or social strangers.
A new IN FORM project by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, carried out by aid infodienst, aims to develop practice-oriented materials for German and literacy courses and to make them known nationwide through further training. It uses the tried-and-tested aid manual “Food Literacy” for adult education and regional approaches from Schleswig-Holstein. Of course, young people should also be addressed in the project. For this purpose, a game box will be presented at the didacta education fair in Cologne in mid-February 2016 with the title “Aufgetischt! Learn German with ease with the topic of eating and drinking ”. The reading, writing and discussion events on the everyday topics of eating and drinking help schoolchildren to expand and consolidate their vocabulary and to get to know new foods.
The box was developed in cooperation with the Europa-Universität Flensburg and will be available for ordering from the aid media shop from mid-April.
And it is high time to take care of it. Because in Germany there are 7.5 million functional illiterates between the ages of 18 and 64, according to the Level One study by the University of Hamburg. This means that 14.5 percent of the German-speaking, working population can only read and write to such a limited extent that they are often dependent on support. Knowledge of German is also the basic prerequisite for successful integration for refugees and newcomers who receive a residence permit or the right to remain in Germany. After all, learning and using the German language, both spoken and written, means a social participation for everyone. And a high relevance to everyday life and culture, like eating, is an absolute success factor for learning language and other aspects of basic education. (aid)