CHAGAL in ACTION
Various institutions across Europe tested the CHAGAL curriculum guidelines in practice between September 2003 and May 2005. The backgrounds of the institutions varied considerably. Whilst most either offered courses preparing international students for university access or provided language instruction for international students, others prepared national students for studying abroad or focussed on providing general support for underprivileged students. Despite the variety, the common goal for all institutions is to improve opportunities and educational standards for students who otherwise would have limited possibilities.
The overall aim of collecting these testimonies was to present a broad spectrum of good practices and practical examples illustrating the curriculum guidelines. This is a two-way process. Not only were the curriculum guidelines thus tested through their implementation in the real world, but the experiences of the various institutions can also be used to adjust the guidelines to a specific situation.
CHAGAL in action is demonstrated by 22 examples from 9 different European countries. Since there is a large range of topics and methodological approaches, the contributions have been categorised into the following five groups according to orientation:
- Social and cultural learning
- Content oriented examples
- Language- and study skills
- Student support
- Other contributions
These provide links to summaries of the examples, more complete examples are available via further links at the end of each description.