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8 key competencies simplified explanations and examples for EVS volunteers Youthpass

Mother tongue learning new words in our language (youth work terminology while working on application form, communication with SO and HO...) by comparing our and foreign language (some words you learn in other language you find out your language dont have expression and vice versa...) communication skills (using mother tongue in practice, naming needs and feelings...) teaching our mother tongue to others (reminding grammar, understanding core of our language, basics, finding lot of new things by teaching it) attitude towards my own language Foreign language Communication (speaking, reading, listening and writing skills) Understanding not only words but also meaning behind (intercultural understanding) Express feelings, opinions (not only daily use of language) Attitude towards other languages... Mathematical literacy and competence in science and technology Logical thinking Adapting ideas into new situations Managing budget (shopping, comparing prices, calculation in foreign currency) Planning travel (counting distances, calculating time, prices for traveling) Argumentation (logical arguments, critical thinking) Basic principles of natural world Awareness of relations of nature and technology (pollution, sustainable development) Digital competence Use of internet, e-mails, websites, effective searching for information Ability to find, use, share, create information Using of photo (camera), movies (camcorder), music, cutting and creating video... Involvement in different discussions, chats, blogs... Learning to learn Understanding own learning needs Preferred learning styles and methods, effective learning for me Planning learning process, motivation to learn Attitude to learning Knowing possibilities for learning Interpersonal, intercultural, social and civic competence Intercultural sensitivity Attitude towards others and other cultures Ability to communicate with others (respecting different points of view), non-violent communication Ability to build confidence and empathy in others Willingness to overcome stereotypes and prejudices Knowledge of civic rights Roles and responsibilities of institutions in our society Solidarity with local communities Respecting values of equality and privacy... Enterpreneurship Project management Teamwork Long term planning Responsibility and flexibility Ability to turn ideas into actions Cultural expressions Awareness of European and national cultural heritage Creativity Different art techniques and their use (art therapy, music therapy...) Design (websites, costumes, logoss, slogans...) Source: - Key competences for lifelong learning, European reference framework, November 2004 - http://youthpass.eu/en/youthpass

composed by Tom Peek for use of EVS trainings, Slovakia, December 2007