DNYE

Debreceni Nyári Egyetem @ 1927

Who Learns Our Languages?
sponsored by the Visegrád Fund

The aim of the project is to analyze the current status of the instruction and acquisition of the V4 languages in the V4 countries. We plan to make a survey of the study of Czech as a foreign language in the Czech Republic, Hungarian in Hungary, Polish in Poland and Slovak in Slovakia. We want to make a survey on the learners, the teachers and the available textbooks. The results will be used to make recommendations for the promotion of the V4 languages inside and outside the V4 countries.

Lead partner:

Name of the organization in its native language: Debreceni Nyári Egyetem
Name of the organization in English: Debrecen Summer School
Address: Egyetem tér 2., Debrecen, 4032, HU
Name of the statutory representative: Dr. Szafkó Péter
Phone: +3652532594
Fax: +3652532595
E-mail: debrecen@nyariegyetem.hu
URL: www.nyariegyetem.hu
Coordinator of the project: Varga Dorina

Debrecen Summer School affiliated to the University of Debrecen has been the leading adult educational organization in Hungary specialized in teaching Hungarian as a foreign language since 1927. In addition to teaching the language to foreigners and students of Hungarian descent, the School has placed a special emphasis on combining language-learning with several aspects of cultural awareness including live traditions, historical heritage, artistic achievements and many other special fields. The School has been involved in a few international projects on language learning and has a long history of offering methodological training to teachers of Hungarian at home and abroad.

Partner No. 1.

Name of the organization in its native language: Dielňa s.r.o.
Name of the organization in English: Language Lab
Address: Na Doline 15, Bratislava, 831 07, SK
Statutory representative: Michaela Wickleinová
Phone: 00421 903 369 441
E-mail: wickleinova@dielna.net
Website: www.dielna.net
Role of the partner: They will participate at the kick-off meeting, conduct a national survey of the current status of Slovak as a foreign language, take part at the conference and workshop in August 2014 in Debrecen.

Language Lab is aimed at creating and improving tools of communication. It offers Slovak language courses for foreigners, who need to learn to communicate in Slovak on the basic level quickly but also for those who want to learn to be fluent in Slovak gradually. It offers courses to strengthen speaking, reading with comprehension or writing for advanced students and grammar courses. Language Lab uses the Communicative Language Teaching Approach. With the help of this method, the students learn to communicate in Slovak from the beginning and they are ready to use the language tools which they have acquired also outside of the classroom in real communication.

Partner No. 2.

Name of the organization in its native language: AKCENT International house Prague
Name of the organization in English: AKCENT International House Prague
Address: Bítovská, 3, Praha 4, 140 000, CZ
Statutory representative: Radmila Procházková
Phone: +420 261109222
E-mail: akcent@akcent.cz
Website: www.akcent.cz
Role of the partner: They will participate at the kick-off meeting, conduct a national survey of the current status of Czech as a foreign language, take part at the conference and workshop in August 2014 in Debrecen.

AKCENT IH has been a language school since 1988, and a private company since 1990. Many of the staff invested in the company to become equal shareholders, and the school is now owned by most of the permanent staff. The company is co-operative – applications for shares can be made after two years of full-time service. The financial administration of the school is supervised by the Board of Directors. In February 2000 the school became affiliated to the International House World Organisation and changed its name to AKCENT International House Prague. In 2004 the school received the ISO 9001:2000 certification and in 2008, after a rigorous inspection, the school became an EAQUALS (= European Association for Quality Language Services) member. AKCENT IH has become one of the largest private language schools in the Czech Republic, employing over 100 people. The school offers courses in English, German, Czech, Spanish, French and Russian, and runs CELTA, CELTA YL extension and DELTA teacher-training courses as well as in-service International House certificates and EU-funded teacher training courses. Since summer 2009 AKCENT IH has became an open centre for the whole range of the Cambridge exams (YLE, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and the BEC exams), and prior to that it became an open centre for the TKT exam (Teaching Knowledge Test). AKCENT IH also holds the Goethe Institute licence to run German language exams. AKCENT College received state accreditation in 2008, and runs a three-year B.A. TEFL degree aimed primarily at training English teachers for language schools and a TCFL course (teaching Czech as a foreign language)

Partner No. 3.

Name of the organization in its native language: Centrum Kształcenia Języka Polskiego
Name of the organization in English: Centre for Polish Studies (CPS)
Address: Smocza 20/63, Warszawa, 01-034, PL
Statutory representative: Anna Jurewicz-Sawa
Phone: +48 22 826 19 04 Fax:
E-mail: warsaw@learnpolish.edu.pl
Website: www.learnpolish.edu.pl
Role of the partner: They will participate at the kick-off meeting, conduct a national survey of the current status of Polish as a foreign language, take part at the conference and workshop in August 2014 in Debrecen.

Philosophy: "When I was thinking about establishing my own school in 2000 I imagined a friendly place where I would teach Polish language and culture. My dreams came true and currently CPS -The Centre for Polish Studies has hundreds of students from all around the world. We organize different types of courses: regular, short time intensive trainings, and one-year university preparation. We effectively prepare our students to begin university education, passing certificate exams. We also organize survival courses that let foreigners get along with Polish language and culture for short time. CPS teaches Polish according ALTE system: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All our teachers have master degrees and certificates that allow them to teach Polish as a foreign language. They also regularly participate in methodological trainings. We follow modern technologies organizing e.g. skype lessons or self-study e-learning system www.e-learnpolish.com. Two of our teachers have written self-study book "Codziennie po polsku" (for beginners) with practical everyday dialogs.

We believe that the most important values of our school are:
– high quality of service,
– wide range of courses,
– best modern materials,
– effective modern teaching methods,
– certified teachers dedicated to their work,
– great location in the city centre.

Our clients' opinions and their experience are our compass showing the path to success."