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EUROLTA and the Refugees

Myriam Fischer
Volkshochschule (Adult Education Centre) and ICC Board Member
Ifigenia Georgiadou
Hellenic Culture Centre and ICC Board Member
“EUROLTA and the Refugees”



Myriam Fischer Callus was the Director of Language Studies at the Volkshochschule (adult education centre) in Aschaffenburg, Germany. She is an active teacher trainer and is the project manager of the EUROLTA (European Certificate in language teaching to adults) scheme in Bavaria. . She is a member of the German work group that developed and implemented the language portfolio for adults which was accredited by the Council of Europe in July 2006. She is a consultant for various publishing companies and has written several English course books for adults and teacher training material. She is an authorised examiner for the University of Cambridge and was the Cambridge Exams Manager for North Bavaria. She teaches refugees in Germany and has written a teacher training concept which has been accredited by the Ministry of Migration and Refugees. She trains the trainers and supports and coordinates the German classes in several communities. At the moment she is teaching German to Syrian refugees. She has received an award for her commitment by the German Ministry of Family and Integration.

Ifigenia Georgiadou is a language teacher, teacher trainer, writer and consultant. She currently serves as the Managing Director and Director of Studies at the Hellenic Culture Centre, and has worked as Director at AEOLIS Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island and as Director at the Education Department of AGROTOURISTIKI S.A., Public organization. She is a philologist (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Athens, ΜΑ in Education and Human Rights, University of Athens and University of London) with 30 years of experience in education. She has had further training in adult training and in using drama techniques in language teaching. Author of 5 books on language learning and teaching, as well as articles and research papers on teaching Modern Greek as a foreign/ second language.

Ifigenia is a certified EUROLTA Master Trainer at the Hellenic Culture Centre, in various NGOs and other public and private Institutions. Coordinator of various research projects on education, at the European and national level on language teaching and migrants integration. She has worked as Evaluator – adult education expert in the National Organization for Certification of Adult Educators (EOPPEP) and evaluator of adult education In- Service Training courses and projects for the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), National Agency for the Erasmus plus Programme, evaluator for Erasmus Plus Youth Projects for the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (INEDIVIM), coordinator and evaluator in EU and National funded projects on education. She has worked as a Master Trainer level A and level B at the Hellenic Ministry of Education.



Millions of migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2016 and 2017. They mostly came from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea. Both Greece and Germany struggled to cope with the influx, putting an enormous strain on its ability to provide services to all newcomers.

Volunteers, government ministries, organisations and institutions are helping the incoming refugees to find their way in the new society. Mastering the language is vital for the refugees to be integrated and become full participants in the economy. However there is a serious shortage of teachers qualified to teach a second language to foreigners.

In Germany the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) has recognised a teacher training concept based on EUROLTA as a partial qualification for those volunteers who have not studied German as second language at a University. In Greece the Hellenic Culture Centre has trained teachers based on the EUROLTA concept and prepared them to train other volunteer teachers.

EUROLTA is an internationally recognised teacher training programme for people who want to teach languages to adults using up to date methodologies. It is open to teachers of all languages. In this hand-on workshop we will provide you with an insight in this programme.


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