Final Conference WeR1

Personal statement on language learning
October 12, 2019
Final Conference | Lisbon 2020
February 20, 2020

Teach | Integrate

The Power In Speaking a New Language for Refugees and Migrants


2020 marks the end of a project that has been running for almost three years.

Four countries (Portugal, Denmark, Ireland and the Czech Republic) came together around a cause, the creation of a platform with materials to facilitate the teaching of a foreign language to migrants and refugees with limited educational background providing individuals with the skills they need to access work and services in host societies.

In order to facilitate the employability of these migrants, all classes were designed taking into account professional integration in the countries where they were hosted. Thus, using TBL and CLIL as teaching methodologies, more than one hundred vocational classes were designed, accompanied by various teaching materials, including worksheets and videos.

On January 22nd, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will host (in room 2) the We Are One International Presentation Conference where you can learn more about the materials created by this consortium and how they can be used.

The conference will take place from 9am to 1pm and admission is free, you only need to register to reserve your seat here:



9h00 – 9h30

  • Welcoming session

9h30 – 9h45

  • Opening Session – Refugees Integration Process / Language Acquisition to Promote Integration in the Host Society
  • André Costa Jorge – General-Director of JRS Portugal – Jesuit Refugee Service

9h45 – 10h00

  • Presentation of the project and partners
  • Cláudia Fonseca – JRS Portugal

10h00 – 11h00

Panel 1 – Development of Language Skills based on innovative methods for the empowerment of refugees and migrants

  • Rationale for the Project
  • The Benefits of CLIL and TBL as tools to fast language acquisition
  • Presentation of the WeR1 Project Outputs
    • Cecilia Leboeuf – CONEQT, Denmark;
    • Caoimhin O’Donaill/Niall Comer – CnaG, Ireland;
    • Vladimír Vad’ura/Dasa Pelikánová – Pelican, Czech Republic;
    • Mónica Rocha e Melo – IPAV, Portugal

11h00 – 11h30

  • Coffee Break

11h30 – 12h00

  • Presentation of the online platform – The Handbook, The toolkit and the Course Guide
  • Alexandra Rolo – PJump, Portugal

12h00 – 12h30

Panel 2 –Language Acquisition as a way of integration in the society; a testimonial by a Somali refugee – Mr. Hassan Omar Hussen.

12h30 – 13h00

  • Open Discussion and Closing Ceremony

Address: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Av. de Berna 45-A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal – Room 2 on the Congress area