Language Centres for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Developing Linguistic Skills for Co-operation in Cultural Heritage Preservation

Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) Language Centres – an initiative co-financed by the European Commission, under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Key Activity 2 – offers development of linguistic skills which are to be applied in the area of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Valorisation. The Centres are designed as an open-ended network founded upon harmonised virtual campus infrastructures, utilising the same course and examination material and subject to a common teacher qualifications framework. 

The Centres propose a number of alternatives for mastering the specific linguistic requirements of the discipline with regard to learning, certification and assessment at levels B1/B2. In addition to English, several major and less-used and less-spoken languages of the Mediterranean area are covered, namely Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Slovene.

All courses are offered in a conventional, traditional format or on-line, while examinations can be taken in ‘distant’ classrooms, according to a hybrid scheme of real-time communication. Alternatively, learners may choose to work with a teacher on a one-to-one or group basis, and be examined in a face-to-face setting. Finally, any intermediate choice of limited physical attendance is possible. 

Products intended for learners consist of self-assessment courses, self-assessment progress tests, tailor-made one-to-one courses and preparation for tutorials and examinations. Material for teachers includes multilingual guidelines and especially designed Teaching Knowledge Tests for the target languages.

A complete series of all types of products developed in the common working language English already exists. This edition is currently being evaluated. Since September 2013 analogous products have been developed in the target languages.