Research Projects

                                              

Introduction

Eurospeak has participated in many varied European-funded educational and research projects. We are currently involved in Erasmus+ KA2 projects which you can find more information on below. We have collaborated with organisations from all over Europe and continue to seek out opportunities to support our research activities.

The main aims of the projects Eurospeak participates in are to provide high quality research as the foundation to improve the availability of educational opportunities and resources for specific target groups such as marginalised communities, learning disabled adults, or youth in unemployment.

To date, we have successfully participated in 11 research projects with an approximate funding of €2,920,000 in total. We have submitted proposals for 19 research projects in 2020 with approximate funding of €4,193,000 total. Thanks to our partners, Eurospeak has also been involved in 39 additional project submissions in 2020 with an approximate funding of €7,500,000.

Research Team 

We have a team of academics dedicated to carrying out research and developing materials for our European-funded projects. Their combined knowledge and varying areas of expertise make Eurospeak a highly valuable project partner. Participating in these projects requires time, attention, dedication, and organisation, all of which our team ensures when carrying out the required tasks.

All our researchers have extensive knowledge and background in linguistic studies; however, each staff member carries with them additional expertise and experience which makes them an especially well-rounded team.

Kelsea Mucherino – Project coordinator and researcher. Kelsea holds an M.A. in TESOL from the University of Reading (UK) and has carried out extensive research on the topic of formulaic language, resulting in a dissertation. She also holds an M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport (USA) and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Connecticut (USA), along with various language teaching certifications. During her studies at university and while working at Eurospeak, she has done research on a range of topics: psychology, the environment, literature, other world languages (Spanish, German, Polish, Italian), and intercultural communication.

William Barker – Project coordinator and researcher. William has over 20 years’ experience in  teaching and academic research. He holds a BSc (hon) in Rural Development from Ruskin University, a PG Cert in psychotherapy, and is a qualified journalist. He carries out research into financial literacy, mental literacy, Governmental policy, circular economies, entrepreneurship, personalised learning, urban agriculture and university access procedures. He has also written training courses on university preparation and business English.

Gonzalo Galian Lopez Director of education and training and researcher.  He holds a BA in English Philology from the University of Murcia, an MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Distinction), a Cambridge CELTA, and a Cambridge DELTA. He is also currently doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. The aim of his PhD is to investigate the role of practice in the development of linguistic knowledge that can be used during spontaneous, real-time communication. Gonzalo has taught General English, exam preparation courses, and English for Academic Purposes mainly in the UK but also in Spain, Italy, and China.

Paula Barton – Researcher. Paula specialises in researching linguistic-related topics and the Montessori teaching methodology. She has over 25 years’ experience in teaching English as a foreign language. She holds a TEFL certificate from Rutgers State University of New Jersey, a TEFL certificate in teaching children and a diploma in French studies from the French Ministry of Education (Paris). She has experience in managing language resource centres and in testing as well as a background in music.

Chris Scott Manuel  – Researcher – Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the field teaching General English, Business English and English for Specific Purposes. He has taught in Russia, India, Paraguay and the UK. He has experience teaching children online and in bilingual private schools. He has taught Business English in multinational organisations, private language institutes and universities. He currently facilitates IELTS and Cambridge Advanced exam preparation courses. Chris holds a BA (Hons) in Russian and East European Studies; a PDip in Information Systems; a PDip in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and he has a CELTA certificate. He has an interest in teaching second languages to those with special needs.

Darren Allen – Researcher, writer, designer and director. He holds a BA (hons) in English Literature and a CELTA language-teaching certificate and carries out research into social innovation, art, independent study, home-schooling and self-sufficiency, and has  written extensively on these subjects. He is a published author and experienced book-designer, illustrator, layout artist and graphic designer. He has worked as a technical author in the telecommunications, banking and petrochemical industries. He has over 20 years’ experience teaching and research.

Parul Mehra Researcher. She researches topics related to social inclusion and migrant integration. Parul gained her research skills from her philosophy degree. She also has 10 years’ experience in HR,  including high profile recruitment in the private sector, immigration to and from the UK and global placement and mobility of company staff and integration, and a diploma in PR.

Claire McAllister Teacher/Researcher- researches topics related to mental health and social cohesion. She first developed her research skills when she obtained a BA Hons degree in Spanish with Italian from the University of Exeter.  She has 8 years experience teaching Spanish and French in Hampshire secondary schools and teaching English as a foreign language in Spain and at Eurospeak Language School, Southampton.  She holds a, Qualified Teacher Status in Modern Language teaching from the University of Southampton, PTLLs – Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Sector teaching training from Farnborough College of Technology and she is also a life coach and musician with a Masters in Jazz Performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and a BACP recognised Diploma in Counselling.

Our Erasmus+ KA2 Research Projects

Project Number: 2015-1-FR01-KA204-015334

Project Title: E-Cal Project

Dates: 01/10/2015 to 30/09/2018

Budget: €349,696.00

The e-Cal project researched and developed an e-course and accompanying handbooks for second language learners to improve their personal study skills and to enable them to “learn to learn.” It was aimed at giving people with less opportunity to learn, and those that did not fit into traditional educational environments, the opportunity to improve their language skills by making use of the thousands of open educational resources available online today. The project lasted 3 years, and involved 6 partners: Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd. (UK), Petra Patrimonia Corsica (France), Danmar Computers (Poland), FoRiUm (Italy), E-Learning Concepts (Austria) and ASEV (Italy).

Project Number: 2018-1-UK01-KA204-048120

Project Title: Financial Literacy in Marginalised Communities (FLIMCO) Project

Dates: 01/10/2018 to 30/09/2020

Budget: €207,988.00

The aim of the FLIMCO project is to provide identified marginalised communities with the knowledge and attitude to be able to improve their financial literacy skills in their daily lives within the context of their unique cultural norms.

The project will last 2 years, starting on the 1stOctober 2018 and finishing on the 30thSeptember 2020. There are 5 partners involved in the project: Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd (UK), CWEP (Poland), Essenia UETP (Italy), Accion Laboral (Spain) and SPES GmbH (Austria).

The project aims to build on the important and increasingly recognised topic of Financial Literacy, and provide the target

The outputs of the project will be:

  1. Handbook on the Relationship Between Financial Literacy and the Cultural Aspects of Marginalised Communities
  2. Framework for Financial Literacy Curriculum
  3. e-Course on Financial Literacy for Marginalised Communities

You can keep up to date with the project progress on the FLIMCO website here: https://flimco.erasmus.site/and the FLIMCO Facebook Page.

Project Number: 2018-1-BE01-KA202-038594

Project Title: Mr. Winston

Dates: 01/12/2018 to 30/11/2020

Budget: €272,686.00

This project is aimed towards exploring and developing the idea of Virtual Reality in language learning. The project will create a chatbot, which will be used in conjunction with language learners’ traditional classroom and home-based study methods and materials. The project will last 2 years and involves 6 international partners: Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd (UK), Ljudska Univerza (Slovenia), Learnmera Oy (Finland), YuzuPulse (France), SCS LogoPsyCom (Belgium) and Civiform Società Cooperativa Sociale (Italy)

Project Number: 2018-1-PL01-KA204-051042

Project Title: Personalised Learning in Group Environments (PLGE) Project

Dates: 01/10/2018 to 30/09/2020

Budget: €225,225.00

This project is aimed towards developing concepts relating to the idea of the  personalisation of language learning within a group context. The project will create an online resource library, an interactive ILP system for teachers and students as well as a handbook for teachers about differentiation within the classroom. The project will last 2 years and involves 5 international partners: Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd (UK), Danmar Computers (Poland), FyG Consultores (Spain), Quarter Mediation (Netherlands) and FoRiUm (Italy).

You can keep up to date with the project progress on the PLGE website here: https://plge.erasmus.site/.

Project Number: 2018-1-LV01-KA204-047012-P1

Project Title: ILA – Social Entrepreneurship at the heart of Development

Dates: 01/10/2018 to 30/03/2020

Budget: €120,010.00

The aim of the project is to promote the development of rural areas through the education of people in business issues, as well as motivating them to develop social entrepreneurship using the cultural, social and environmental resources available in their areas of residence.

Project target group: young adults and seniors 55+. 9 project partners form Spain, UK, Latvia, Italy, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Romania,Turkey, and Greece are involved. The main project results are- the e-course “The first steps in social entrepreneurship” developed and aprobbated; the e-platform “Social entrepreneurship park” for social entrepreneurs and those who are interested in it; the guidelines for social mentors/supporters created and the research “Rural treasures- discovering and improvement” worked out and the information summary in the brochure collected. The benefit of this project will be long lasting because all the results will be found on the internet even after the project has finished.

Additional Past Successful Projects

Within the Erasmus+ programme, Eurospeak has also participated in the research and implementation of the following projects:

Year Project ID Budget
2015   2015-1-IT01-KA102-004469 €398671
2016   2016-1-IT01-KA102-005187 €333548
2016   2016-1-IT01-KA116-005093 €295772
2017   2017-1-IT01-KA102-005870 €236488
2017   2017-1-IT01-KA102-005874 €271253
2017   2017-1-IT01-KA116-005869 €243165

Total €1,742,897

 

Research Project Funding Submissions

Over the course of the past year, the Eurospeak research team has been hard at work diversifying their areas of expertise and expanding their knowledge into other highly relevant topics for international organisations. Below you will see a list of all the research projects that Eurospeak has submitted in recent months to gain further funding.

Funding in 2020

Project Title Topic Requested Budget
University Preparation for Refugees Across Europe Barriers facing refugees applying for university €208415 
Mind the Gap Improving the mental health of two groups who often face loneliness: young foreign students and the elderly €297564 
Professional English Skills For Employability Across EU Analysis of current english language requirements of Employers €248195
Skillshare+ Improving social cohesion through informal local currencies in exchange for goods and services €319914
Languages Without Paper Research into the carbon footprint of language schools and new methods for reduction €290735
Communicative Competency for Female Refugees on the Shop Floor: Improving communication skills in the workforce A study of barriers to shop floor communication, and methods for improvement €190732 
Intercultural Awareness Training For Immigrants Across The EU An exploration into intercultural issues facing immigrants and the impact of training €238206
Formulaic Language for Improving Communicative Competence Using authentic materials and formulaic language to enhance foreign language speaking skills €279932
Continuing European Professional Development Network for Foreign Language Teachers Helping teachers save time and effort by creating a series of CPD sessions that they can undertake online for 30 minutes a month €142163 
DIVERSE Promoting diversity and equality in foreign language classrooms where there is often a large range of socio-economic backgrounds €174462
VET Mobility Safeguarding Quality Charter for Europe An analysis of safeguarding procedures around Europe and methods for best practices €280615
Understand and Understood Where It Really Matters Developing a mobile app that will help new learners of a language work on their pronunciation skills in multiple languages. €184185
Improving Migrant Childrens’ Academic Performance An inquiry into underperforming migrant children and the relationship between their parents and teachers €153703
Mental Health Literacy For Young Entrepreneurs An indagation into stress among young entrepreneurs and investigation into best treatment practices €231488
Teaching grammar for spontaneous communication Research into the levels of spontaneous communication achieved after formal language training €172834
Financial Literacy for Young Social Entrepreneurs Investigation into the levels of financial literacy among youth €210351
Upskilling Language Teachers in Making the Classroom Learner Centred A study into the application of learner-centred methodologies and research into best practice upskilling €180275
Digital Cultural Designer Extending and developing the digital competences of young people €206923
Digital Forms of Cultural Heritage for Youth Research into heritage professions and best methods for enhancing youth engagement with European cultural heritage €182115

Research Partnerships

Eurospeak also collaborates with organisations from across Europe and enjoys establishing mutual research partnerships so both organisations can benefit. Below you will find a list of projects that have been submitted by our partners in 2020 that have included Eurospeak as research partners.

Name of project Key Action Country submitted in
Youth empowerment to access correct information KA205 Turkey
Fewer Opportunities Re-thinking Z to A KA205 Italy
BEST practices for TRaining in Adults Non-formal Education KA202 France
Empowering Senior Adult education through Social ENTRepreneurship KA204 France
Up-Skilling in Tourism KA204 Italy
Fellow Travellers. Soft skills for Human Resources Management in SMEs. KA204 Denmark
Creative Language Learning for Furniture KA202 Poland
European Education for Schools KA201 Turkey
Creating a new meaning in language education for senior learners KA204 Poland
Let’s boost our English Teaching Skills Together KA229 Turkey
GameIT – Gamification Pedagogies for Trainers to Empower Access of Adults in Lifelong Learning KA204 Portugal
Social Entrepreneurship and social iNnovation happenS to Every Student-SENSES KA201 UK
Financial Literacy Training in Adult Education KA204 Turkey
English for seniors KA204 Poland
CHILDREN ARE DEBATING OUT THE STEPS TO ENLIGHTEN KA229 Turkey
Digital Storytelling Pedagogies for Adult Education-iStory KA204 Italy
FaMiliarizing local keY actors with Sustainable Development Goals implementation context-MySDG KA204 Slovakia
Language Voices 2 KA204 Finland
Create the Change You Want to See KA229 Turkey
Therapy Through Language Learning KA204 Italy
Informal Language Learning for Seniors KA204 Portugal
InclusionApp: Enhancing social inclusion of Refugees, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers through a mobile app KA204 Poland
Implementing Entrepreneurship and Critical thinking skills in combination with English Language learning KA204 Latvia
Cook. Bio. Train. KA204 Italy
Let’s teach Europe! European Heritage as a pedagogical and integration tool in adult education. KA204 Poland
EU-LEARNING AND ME KA204 Spain
LCOCOON-enhancing Language COdeswitching as a COOperative Notion tool for mixed classrooms KA201 Spain
Encouraging digital competences for Adults in Europe KA204 Spain
Sustainable Foods For Green Forks KA205 Germany
Young people innovation training for pescatourism activities KA205 France
Socializing and Training Adapted to Youth KA205 Italy
Digital Entrepreneurship Tools for Proactive Youth KA205 Romania
Climate Change – Climate Literacy KA205 Latvia
Fewer Opportunities Re-thinking Z to A KA205 Italy
I choose entrepreneurship KA205 Poland
Youth Social Media Literacy in a digital era KA205 Latvia
SaFE use of social mEDia KA205 Italy
Youth empowerment against Fake news through media Literacy and Awareness for KEy principles – FLAKE KA205 Turkey