- The project aims to strengthen professional networks by linking academic expertise on action research and good practice in the language classroom. The goal is to contribute to the improvement of language education by giving teachers across Europe better access to action research and new perspectives on languages methodologies.
Teachers who carry out action research in the classroom confirm that it leads to a better understanding of teaching methodologies and of the different ways in which learners learn.
Action research enables teachers to reflect on their practice and to propose and test innovations. Moreover, undertaking action research within a community of practice with direct links to academic research provides a sound base for applying the results and helps develop professional self-confidence.
The objectives are to:
- design action research tools which not only help improve the quality of teaching and learning but also help foster dialogues between teachers, heads of departments, administrators & teacher educators.
demonstrate how research can feed into practice and practice into research.
show why undertaking action research is beneficial to teachers and learners, through a series of success stories in different languages.
create European models for peer learning activities which can be also be implemented at national/school level.
This project is about making techniques for action research widely available through the establishment of a community of practice, bringing together newly qualified teachers, experienced teachers, teacher trainers and university researchers.
- Action research communities for language teachers will connect action research and a culture of quality within an international network and initiate and support dialogues between all concerned in the field of languages education.
Action research communities for language teachers will use languages as a base for working with other disciplines, demonstrating that language learning does not only take place in the language classroom. Language learning is an integral element of every subject, every professional field and every learning situation. The ideas will be further disseminated through presentations at general action research conferences.