TestU Online is a free, multilingual, online e-learning platform enabling easy and fast creation of various quizzes, tests, and exercises primarily intended for learning languages. The platform users will be mainly teachers, coaches/lecturers as well as their pupils, who are attending elementary schools, or other forms of education, whether formal or informal. The reasons for creating such a platform can be explained by the necessity for allowing a young generation to access free education despite their socio-economic, religious, or national background, geographical limitations, or even various kinds of disabilities.
The international organisation E@I, relying on around 250 volunteers, supports intercultural learning on the internet. Its projects, which provide the basis for deutsch.info, are multilingual websites where one can learn Esperanto (lernu.net) and Slovak (slovake.eu). As well as developing learning portals, E@I also organises various training initiatives, especially in the areas of languages and new technologies.
bit (= best in training) schulungscenter (= training centre), founded in 1986, is one of the leading education providers in the area of labour-market projects, vocational education, training and employability in Austria. Their clear strength is their experience and know-how in designing (didactics, methodology, instructional design) and carrying out diverse national and international projects. They have substantial experience in working with different target groups, e.g. young people, young unemployed adults, and their educational needs through their regular activities.
Vilnius University was founded in the 16th century and is considered to be one of the oldest universities in Central and Eastern Europe. Language studies have been an integral part of Vilnius University’s curriculum. Back then, the primary language taught was Latin alongside Ancient Greek and Hebrew. Thus, even though the Faculty of Philology was established as recently as 1944, language studies were being taught even before the Jesuit College became a university in 1579. The Institute for the Languages and Cultures of the Baltic brings together researchers of General Linguistics, Baltic, Germanic, Polish, Russian, Scandinavian studies, as well as many others. Strong traditions of studying the Russian language, literature and culture (Russian philology department was founded in 1803) successfully coexist with the most advanced and modern teaching methods, what is shown in active participation members of this department in international projects and scientific events.
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, named after the esteemed Polish Romantic poet, is a research university, one of the top Polish universities and the major academic institution in Poznań. It was founded at 1919 but its reputation is founded on long tradition of higher education in the city of Poznań, dates back to the 16th century (Akademia Lubrańskiego, English: The Lubrański Academy, Latin: Collegium Lubranscianum; established in 1518 in Poznań). At present, an academic staff of 3,000 offers 193 majors and specialties to about 40,000 students, including more than 1,300 doctoral students in doctoral programmes. It is responsible for more than 8,000 scientific publications each year and takes part in more than 600 national and international projects. The university is divided into 20 faculties across a broad range of natural and social sciences and the humanities, three of them are focused on language studies, offering practical language teaching of about 50 languages. Many of the language courses have been awarded the highest quality category by the Polish Accreditation Commission, which attests to both the excellent subject-related competence of the teachers and the use of the latest teaching methods, as well as excellent academic results. The Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures is one of the university’s largest and offer the biggest number of language courses. The Institute of Ethnolinguistics, within the Faculty teaches over a dozen languages across 6 majors with a staff from over 15 different countries.
Leipzig University, founded in 1409, is a research university which offers education in a rich and diverse research environment for about 30,000 students taught by approximately 400 faculty members. The large variety of 14 faculties (covering disciplines from medicine to natural sciences, from mathematics to theology and from social sciences to sports) offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary work. Its Institute of Sorbian Studies, concerned with research into the Sorbian and other minority languages, their literature and culture, as well as with the training of schoolteachers, is unique in the world. In the years since the political changes in 1989 significant amounts of money have been invested in the research infrastructure, so that Leipzig University is a top institution both in buildings and equipment today.
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