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TLC Pack Project
The TLC Pack project focuses on ‘occupational specific language resources’ to support migrants already working in, or with aspirations to work in, the care giving sector. It has been determined that this is one of the primary employment opportunities for migrant workers across Europe.
In the context of the TLC Pack project ‘caregiving’ as an occupation is defined as work that involves helping people who are older or those who need assistance with grooming, medical tasks and/or daily tasks. The work may be undertaken in residential care contexts or in the home of the person receiving care. Caregiver tasks are related to ageing, illness, hygiene and daily living activities inside and outside of the home or residence.
In addition to supporting the acquisition of occupational specific language, the project also recognises the importance of developing complementary intercultural knowledge and insights, to be included within the final resource package. This aspect of the resource pack seeks to highlight the intersection of caregiving duties and a range of cultural conventions to take into account the cultural values, beliefs and attitudes of both caregivers and those receiving care.
The strategy of learning specific occupational language along with intercultural understanding is achieved via a combination of video resources (available via a dedicated YouTube channel) and companion resources in the form of guides for teachers and guides for learners working independently. Online and offline tests are also provided for learners to be able to evaluate their progress. An additional facility is available for teachers and learners to communicate and facilitate assessment of learning via the use of web-based audio and video capture tools.