For a variety of reasons economic, social, physical, educational or geographical many EU citizens are restricted in their opportunities for language learning, or even excluded from it altogether. This may disadvantage them in a variety of ways, restricting their employment opportunities and their ability to play a full part as citizens of Europe, and excluding them from the educational benefits and enjoyment which language learning brings.

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This project aims to bring language learning to these disadvantaged groups, through innovative, easy-to-access approaches to the teaching of languages, in local communities. The emphasis of the project is to take language learning out of institutions and to bring it to people who might not otherwise be involved.

An important part of the work of the project is to raise awareness among agencies and organisations outside the field of language learning and teaching, to convince them of the value of this initiative and of the benefits to their clients of becoming involved in learning a new language.
ALLEGRO has worked in areas that the promotion and teaching of languages often fails to reach parents and young children marginalized by social, educational or economic disadvantage, those with learning or physical disabilities, the victims of substance abuse, prisoners, senior citizens in situations of difficulty. The project aims to convince key decision makers that language learning is important for all European citizens and that no one should be excluded from the European vision.

New types of learners has meant new challenges in terms of approaches, often working with specialists in other fields psychologists, social and community workers, experts in learning disability, prison educators - to devise appropriate ways of introducing language learning, or combining it with other activities such as parenting skills, cookery, music, drama and physical activity.

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