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Action research communities for language teachers

The goal of action research communities for language teachers is to contribute towards quality enhancement in the language classroom through the application of action research approaches. This will be achieved by tapping into existing networks with a view to creating new learning communities, which can be replicated across ECML member states. Read more

Working languages of the project: English, German
Project term: 2016-2018
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/actionresearch


Who will benefit from the project?

Teachers are at the heart of the quality process in the language learning classroom. This project will support teachers in European classrooms in using action research as an essential tool for the development of reflective classroom practice highlighting ways in which teachers can enhance their self-confidence and professionalism.
This in turn will improve the quality of their teaching and at the same time strengthen teacher confidence.

Envisaged outputs

  • Guidelines for action research and for networking strategies towards quality enhancement in language teaching;
  • A practical guide to action research for teachers and teacher educators based on experiences from the ECML countries;
  • Piloted models of trialled course units: format for training units to improve classroom practice through linking quality strategies to practical action research approaches (brochure including checklist and reflection);
  • A set of success stories in several languages;
  • Online platform with a bank of resources, including key documentation, and didactic materials.

Envisaged outcomes

  • The adoption of an action-research based approach to language methodologies;
  • Increased co-operation between classrooms practice and academic expertise;
  • Positive impact on language education in classrooms through professional networks and peer support.

This is a project of the European Centre for Modern Languages within its "Languages at the heart of learning" programme 2016-2019.

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Latest articles

Symposium celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Society for Languages Didactics: presentation of the project "Action research communities for language teachers"

Action Research: 10 projects ongoing and new tools to be developed

ARC Presentation (Action research communities for language teachers) at the C.A.R.N. (Collaborative Action Research Network) D.A.CH Symposium in Linz

Action Research for Language Teachers : project developments

Just published: European Language Gazette no. 35 (December 2016)

Action Research Communities for Language Teachers workshop (Graz, 10-11 November 2016): workshop news

Workshop for teachers of German teachers - “Teaching about the culture of a target-country language in the language classroom: Austria” (Hermannstadt/Sibiu, Romania, 20-22 October 2016)

ECML workshop "Action research communities for language teachers"

Action research communities for language teachers: ECML workshop on 10-11 November 2016


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May 2018
Action research communities for language teachers
Network meeting
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
Oct 2018 Action research communities for language teachers
Expert Meeting
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria