The project

The project INTEALE (INTernational Exchange on Adult Language Education) aimed at contributing to improving the quality, accessibility and attractiveness of adult language learning, in particular for adults from disadvantaged social groups, as languages are valuable skills on the labour market.

During the two-year project duration (August 2012 to July 2014), different practical activities at local and transnational level were carried out in order to allow adult learners and teachers to experience and evaluate the best practices in adult language learning from the five European organisations involved in the partnership. As a result, adult learners and teachers were able to conclude with a series of recommendations on how to improve adult language learning, in particular for adults from disadvantaged social groups.

Furthermore, project partners interconnected the project activities with their ongoing activities at local level, thus ensuring a widespread impact for the project results and their exploitation by other organisations involved in adult language learning.


The problems partners addressed were that adults especially from disadvantaged social groups need languages to be more competitive on the labour market and have the tools to be more mobile notably for job searching. Also, adult learners find it harder than youngsters to learn a language and they struggle with the time and dedication learning requires as it clashes with their responsibilities. Furthermore, adult learners from disadvantaged social groups have difficulties accessing quality language classes adapted to their level due to their limited budget. The objectives of the project were:

- Provide mobility opportunities to adult learners especially those from disadvantaged social groups by having project partners acting as sending and hosting and ensuring that at least 16 adult learners are involved in mobilities. 

- Set up the framework for close cooperation between the project partners and between project partners and local organisations and public authorities using all the activities of the project to enable partners to share their best practices and ensure they are spread to other organisations. Integrating the local community and other organisations helped get extra feedback, ensured a widespread impact for the results whilst getting more visibility and diffusing the importance of language learning.  

- Promote easy access to language classes to adult learners from disadvantaged social groups as most partners are specialised in working with this target group they facilitated their participation in the activities, including mobilities.

- Innovate language learning methodologies and pedagogical approaches, making language learning for adults a fun, dynamic and interactive activity whilst using educational tools adapted to the needs of adults regarding methodology, flexibility and budget, in particular, promoting the use of ICT in language learning and of non-formal education as a complement to formal learning. This was done by expanding the best practices presented by the partners with new methodologies and pedagogical approaches and enabling learners to test them, and evaluate them in order to provide feedback to the organisations. This helped partners identify which methodology works best for adult learners according to their culture, education level, personal motivation.