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CHAGAL is a GRUNDTVIG 1-project to develop European
Curriculum guidelines for Access programmes into Higher education for
underrepresented Adult Learners.
This GRUNDTVIG 1-project
CHAGAL (SOCRATES Programme, European Commission/DG for Education and
Culture, 2002-2004) is the background and the context out of which CHAGAL-Set
Up has been designed in order to work on further dissemination and implementation
of the Curriculum Guidelines.
In the field of access courses into higher education
for underrepresented and disadvantaged adult learners there is a growing
need for cooperation, transparency and improvement. Various institutions
within the European Union are offering different and rather diverse types
of integration measures, orientation and preparatory courses/programmes
facilitating access to higher education for the target group, i.e. members
of ethnic minorities, migrants, university applicants from European accession
candidate countries and from developing countries (international students),
refugees, asylum seekers, school drop-outs. There is the need to coordinate
and improve the effectiveness of the programmes by developing common Curriculum
Guidelines. They focus on student-centred innovative teaching and assessment
methodologies to meet the needs of this target group in acquiring the
competences essential for higher education studies in a multilingual and
The basic and determining pedagogical approach is a
learner-centred, holistic and integrative approach. It is action oriented
with focus on learning strategies / developing the ability to learn. It
aims at integrating the hitherto isolated guidance and counselling measures
as a vital element into existing teaching/learning programmes.
CHAGAL-Set Up aims at implementation and dissemination
- development of an implementation concept for the Curriculum guidelines
at national and at European level within the framework of the Bologna
- dissemination of the Curriculum Guidelines.
CHAGAL-Set Up wants to enhance innovative curriculum design and innovative
teaching methodology for institutions offering preparation courses (access
courses into higher education).
AND OBJECTIVES _____________________________
The overall aims of CHAGAL-Set Up are:
- to make the Curriculum guidelines available for the
member states of the ECML.
- to initiate an implementation process of the Curriculum
guidelines at national and at European level.
- to enhance the Bologna Process by providing examples
of good practice for orientation and integration activities in order
to facilitate access to higher education (and retention) for the CHAGAL
student target group.
- to promote the learner-centred approach for course
design and for language teaching methodology.
- to support networking of decision makers and
of instructors/lecturers at preparation/access courses.
steps to achieve the general aims are to
the Curriculum Guidelines, bringing together
- experts of higher education and
- practitioners/instructors of preparatory/access courses
from different European countries; increase the number of countries
already involved in CHAGAL (other than the 9 CHAGAL GRUNDTVIG 1- project
partner countries: AT, BG, DE, ES, LT, NL, RO, SK, UK),
the innovative impact of the Curriculum guidelines with respect to the
curriculum design as well as to guidance and counselling measures,
and define the benefits of a student centred approach for the CHAGAL
student target group,
appropriate implementation measures for the Curriculum guidelines with
experts: decision makers in the field of higher education, university
multipliers and curriculum designers,
implementation measures to key multipliers in member states of ECML,
discuss and collect examples of good practice of innovative course design
for preparation courses and of learner-centred, innovative language
(examples compiled in the Curriculum guidelines and examples contributed
by workshop participants),
good practice to instructors at institutions offering preparation/access
courses in member states of ECML,
networking of decision makers and of instructors/lecturers by inviting
them to use the CHAGAL website for further communication and dissemination.
- Recommendations for the implementation of
the CHAGAL Curriculum guidelines at national and at European level,
including a proposal to be submitted to decision makers of the Bologna
process. Publication on the website.
- Summary of the recommendations: paper version (flyer)
for dissemination purposes.
Outcomes 1 and 2 are to be used by decision makers in the field of higher
- Teaching the language of study as a foreign language:
the student-centred curriculum approach. Collection/portfolio of good
practice (course designs, teaching material and so on).
Publication on the website and publication in
paper including a CD-R.
Outcome 3 is designed to be used by instructors/lecturers of preparatory/access
January to April
CHAGAL-Set Up team analyses status quo / makes a needs analysis: What
is the situation concerning provision of preparation/integration measures
for the CHAGAL student target group in different countries?
was developed by the CHAGAL-Set Up team and distributed with support of
University networks EAN, WUS and UNICA as well as ECML.
Click here to see an example.
Apart from AT, DE, NL, which have already been investigated by CHAGAL,
the CHAGAL GRUNDTVIG 1-project partner countries BG, ES, LT, RO, SK, UK
plus 5 additional countries out of the member countries of the Council
of Europe will be analysed.
2 - 3 April
Expert meeting of the CHAGAL-Set Up team in order to
on previous preparatory work,
evidence of the questionnaire und make further inquiries, if necessary,
the subsequent phases and the Expert Meeting in July 2004.
April to July
CHAGAL-Set Up team
- summarises evidence of the questionnaire,
- publishes summary on the website,
- develops a prototype of "Curriculum guidelines Implementation
Measures" for one of the CHAGAL partner countries - the prototype
will serve as a model for the Expert Meeting in July,
- provides the finetuning of the programme of the expert meeting in
An expert meeting is held to
- develop an implementation concept for the Curriculum
guidelines on the European scale (within the framework of the Bologna
- develop and formulate strategies for decision makers,
- evaluate the innovative impact of the Curriculum
guidelines with respect to curriculum design as well as to guidance
and counselling measures,
- Set Up networking: make use of the CHAGAL website
facilities to increase the number of persons to be informed about the
Curriculum guidelines implementation concept, initiate further communication
between decision makers/participants of the EXPERT MEETING and others.
project team (plus approximately 5 CHAGAL-partners at the expense of CHAGAL-GRUNDVIG
1- project) plus 5 further experts selected in consultation with the ECML.
- Professional background: key multipliers in higher
education: curriculum designers, educationalists, administrators.
- Participants have knowledge about and interest in
university accession regulations in their countries and they are familiar
with the Bologna process.
- During the period preceding the EXPERT MEETING participants
are prepared to deal with the questionnaire as mentioned above.
- Participants take over responsibility for
- disseminating the Curriculum Guidelines,
- initiating an implementation process at their
institutions or countries respectively.
- Participants stay in contact with the CHAGAL-Set
Up team and the other participants for further networking and they give
a short report about the progress of implementation after one year by
- Participants take up contacts with the ECML national
nominating authority to suggest participants for the workshop in April/May
July to December
CHAGAL-Set Up team prepares printing and publishing of results (outcomes
1 and 2):
1. Recommendations for the implementation of the
CHAGAL Curriculum guidelines at national and at European level, including
a proposal to be submitted to decision makers of the Bologna process.
Publication in paper and on the website.
2. Summary of the recommendations: paper version (flyer) for dissemination
28-29 January 2005
Preparatory meeting of the CHAGAL-Set Up project team to prepare
the CENTRAL WORKSHOP.
21-23 April 2005
3-day ECML central workshop:
Dissemination of good practice in order to
- disseminate the Curriculum guidelines to practitioners
- instructors of preparatory/access courses,
- identify and define the benefits of student centred
approach for the CHAGAL student target group,
- exchange, discuss examples of good practice: examples
compiled in the curriculum guidelines and examples contributed by the
- develop a plan for further networking: how to use
the CHAGAL website as a tool for networking and for further exchange
of experience; how to increase the number of "CHAGAL-instructors".
Instructors of pre-university programmes (preparatory/access courses)
for international students/CHAGAL student target group, including persons
who might have already been proposed by the experts/participants of the
meeting in July 2004 - see above.
- Professional background: Instructors/lecturers from
preparatory institutions and/or from universities, who are familiar
or interested in the learner-centred curriculum.
- Persons, who are interested in
- developing teaching material,
- adopting the curriculum guidelines,
- Participants are asked to contribute their material,
course designs, students' feedback to the workshop. For preparation
purposes participants should present a short description of their contribution
until February 2005.
- Participants should be prepared to multiply their
expertise, to get involved in further networking and dissemination activities.
May to July
CHAGAL-Set Up project team works on material for publication / outcome
3-4 June 2005
Meeting of the CHAGAL-Set Up project team to finalise results for
Dissemination at the XIII. Internationale Deutschlehrertagung/IDT
2005 in Graz.
August to November
CHAGAL-Set Up team prepares printing and publishing of results.
Publication of outcomes.
The working language of the workshops / experts' meeting as well as of
the CHAGAL-Set Up project is English and German. Participants should have
productive and receptive skills in one language and receptive skills in
the second one.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided between English and German
for the central workshop only.