Each educated person needs to speak a foreign language. Common international meetings point out that all managers working at The Ministry of Interior need to improve their foreign language speaking skills. According to the needs of The Ministry it is approved to organize foreign language courses at Police Secondary School/Basic Police Training Centre.
The first step in establishing ‘Centre for Studying Foreign Languages’ was including The Ministry of Interior into Integrated Training for Peace Support and Security Management / ITPSSM, that started in 2004 as a project of the British Council.
Two teachers employed at Police Secondary School/Basic Police Training Centre, Tatjana Cizmar and Sanja Antic, participated in two such events in 2008 – in Lithuania (February) and Romania (June).
The principal of Police Secondary School/Basic Police Training Centre, Biljana Puskar, was a participant on the course organized in Romania. She had a personal chance to experience a different kind of training.
The goal of The British Council project is to improve English speaking skills by police, military and customs officials i.e. middle and senior management in business communication (chairing meetings, participating at meetings, etc.) Apart from being a middle and senior management representative, there is another condition for participation on the course i.e. B1 level in English.
The British Council finances events held in centres in different countries. Course consists of two phases. Phase I is the preparation phase – English language teachers from different countries prepare for classes as well as introduce the course to the teachers participating for the first time.
During Phase II teachers have classes with participants. There were 28 of them in Lithuania, and 30 in Romania. Participants are mainly from east European countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Check Republic, Macedonia and Serbia. Classes are based on active training methods, working with small groups. Communication and active participation are highly encouraged.