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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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Action research communities for language teachers - webinar 

The European Centre for Modern Languages project “Action research communities for language teachers” (ARC) has supported 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. The  webinar (featured below) which took place on 25 January 2019 provides an insight into the experiences gathered over the 3 years of the project (2016-18) and the results achieved.

The goal of ARC has been to contribute towards quality enhancement in the language classroom through the application of action research approaches by tapping into existing networks with a view to creating new learning communities, which can be replicated across ECML member states.

Over the three years of the project, the team was able to strengthen professional networks by linking academic expertise on action research and good practice in the language classroom. The project has also designed a set of resources for teachers who would like to get into action research and also for teacher educators running courses on action research.

In the webinar the project team and colleagues involved in action research (as listed below) speak about their experiences with action research in national contexts, the resources they developed and addressed questions raised by participants:

  • Christine Lechner, Pedagogical University, Austria, ARC - project framework
  • Angela Gallagher-Brett: SOAS, University of London, UK - "The ARC-Spiral"
  • Inge Alfredson: Avedoere Lower Secondary School, Denmark, "The discovery of the intercultural dimension in English lessons through action research"
  • Kenan Dikilitas: Bahçeşehir University Turkey, "Action Research at tertiary level: Field notes from a research mentor"
  • Sunny Lau, Bishop's University, Canada. Participatory action research: Promotion of language teachers’ self-efficacy and advocacy for socially just plurilingual pedagogy.
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Latest articles

05.02.2019
ECML project "Action research communities for language teachers": webinar recording available on the project website

22.01.2019
Just published: The European Language Gazette no. 45 (January 2019)

17.01.2019
"Action research communities for language teachers" webinar: Friday 25 January, 16:00-17:30 (CET)

15.10.2018
ECML project "Action research communities for language teachers": opening keynote at the 1st international Conference of the Swiss Association for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

27.08.2018
Action research communities for language teachers (ARC): Spring and summer dissemination

19.06.2018
Action research communities for language teachers (ARC): national support event in Iceland

30.05.2018
Action Research Communities for language teachers: ARC Network Meeting (Graz, Austria, 3-4 May 2018)

09.04.2018
"EOL - Learning environments where modern languages flourish": the network meeting (Graz, 20-21 March 2018), a key step for the ECML project
http://eol.ecml.at/

12.02.2018
Intense and fruitful exchange of ideas on future developments in language education

18.01.2018
Action research communities for language teachers (ARC): report 2017

12.01.2018
Action research communities for language teachers: Expert Meeting (November 2017)

30.11.2017
Action research communities for language teachers: ARC presentation at the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) annual conference at the University of Crete, 20-22 October 2017

12.09.2017
Symposium celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Austrian Society for Languages Didactics: presentation of the project "Action research communities for language teachers"

09.05.2017
Action Research: 10 projects ongoing and new tools to be developed

19.04.2017
ARC Presentation (Action research communities for language teachers) at the C.A.R.N. (Collaborative Action Research Network) D.A.CH Symposium in Linz

20.03.2017
Action Research for Language Teachers : project developments

05.01.2017
Just published: European Language Gazette no. 35 (December 2016)

13.12.2016
Action Research Communities for Language Teachers workshop (Graz, 10-11 November 2016): workshop news

29.11.2016
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)

09.11.2016
ECML workshop "Action research communities for language teachers" (Graz, Austria, 10-11 November 2016)


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Jan 2019
Action research communities for language teachers
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18-19

Jan 2019
Action research communities for language teachers
National support event
VII. CARN D.A.CH Tagung
Venue: Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria
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8-9

Nov 2018
Action research communities for language teachers
Expert Meeting
ECML, Graz, Austria
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7-8

Jun 2018
Action research communities for language teachers
National support event
Reykjavík, Iceland
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3-4

May 2018
Action research communities for language teachers
Network meeting
ECML, Graz, Austria
Programme
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May 2018
Action research communities for language teachers
Preparatory meeting to the Network Meeting
ECML, Graz, Austria
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9-10

Nov 2017
Action research communities for language teachers
Expert meeting
ECML, Graz, Austria
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6-7

Apr 2017
Action research communities for language teachers
Expert Meeting
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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10-11

Nov 2016
“Action research communities for language teachers”
Workshop 1/2016
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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Nov 2016
"Action research communities for language teachers”
Preparatory meeting of Workshop 1/2016
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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Oct 2016
Workshop on "Action Research to enhance intercultural learning in the German classroom"/"Aktionsforschung zum interkulturellen Lernen im Deutschunterricht"
Expert mission in the framework of the project on “Action research communities for language teachers"
Venue: Zentrum für Lehrerfortbildung in deutscher Sprache, Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania
Address: Turismului 15, 550020 Sibiu, Rumänien
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Apr 2016
Enhancing Teacher Education through European Centre for Modern Languages Projects - "PluriMobil - Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility" - "Towards a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Teachers - Action Research Communities for Language Teachers"
ECML participation in an external event
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25-26

Feb 2016
"Action research communities for language teachers"
Expert meeting
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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