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A guide to teacher competences for languages in education


INTRODUCTION
CATALOGUE OF INSTRUMENTS 
INSTRUMENTS
IN PRACTICE
EVOLVING INSTRUMENTS
COUNCIL OF EUROPE PRINCIPLES
TEACHER COMPETENCES - CONCLUSIONS

Catalogue of instruments

These pages contain one sentence descriptions of the various tools examined during the course of the project. Beside each description there is a visual representation relating the content of the tool to key dimensions. The aim of these spidergrams is to offer a visual profile of each instrument, e.g. for a quick initial comparison of different resources. The spidergram values are to be read from the centre of the visualisation.

Clicking on ‘view details’ enables the user to read more details about the purpose and contents of the tool, its origins and so on.

There are two ways of searching for relevant tools: you can use the matrix of topics/dimensions on the right to click on a specific area of interest, or/and you can narrow down your search using the filters listed below.

In the lower part of the main page a link can be found to brief descriptions of some important frameworks describing learner competences as well as various key Council of Europe and other background documents relevant to the issue of teacher competences. Last but not least, there are links to more detailed descriptions of the piloting and further development of a few existing resources in the context of this project.


6 items found for "content and language integrated learning"

European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL)
EPOSTL is a portfolio for the self-assessment of didactic competences of student foreign language teachers.

foreign language teaching primary lower secondary upper secondary adult education Language schools English French German Spanish Greek Hungarian Italian Lithuanian Romanian Russian Arabic Japanese content and language integrated learning Teaching and learning Reflection & self-assessment by the teacher Orientation: languages

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Référentiel de compétences des enseignants de Disciplines Non Linguistiques et de français des sections bilingues en Pologne
The instrument describes teacher competences for bilingual education, distinguishing between different teacher roles (language vs. subject teachers).

foreign language teaching bilingual teaching teaching of other subjects / teaching across the curriculum lower secondary upper secondary French content and language integrated learning language sensitive subject teaching Teaching and learning A holistic plurilingual & pluricultural perspective Professional development Orientation: languages Language and cultural awareness Democracy

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The CLIL Teacher’s Competences Grid
The instrument describes competences for introducing and conducting content and language-integrated learning (CLIL).

foreign language teaching bilingual teaching lower secondary upper secondary English content and language integrated learning language sensitive subject teaching Teaching and learning Professional development Orientation: languages Orientation: other subjects

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Teachers’ Standards – UK
A list of general standards required of teachers of all subjects in the UK divided into two main sections: ‘teaching’ and ‘personal and professional conduct’.

teaching of other subjects / teaching across the curriculum primary lower secondary upper secondary English content and language integrated learning Teaching and learning Attention to learners’ individual needs Professional development Democracy

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Teaching: the Reflective Profession
A detailed list of competences including values, attitudes, knowledge and skills designed to encourage reflection in initial training and professional practice.

6mtp TaC CLIL teaching of other subjects / teaching across the curriculum pre-primary primary lower secondary upper secondary English content and language integrated learning Teaching and learning Language and cultural competences and awareness Reflection & self-assessment by the teacher Professional development Orientation: other subjects Language and cultural competence Language and cultural awareness Democracy

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The Standards for Registration: mandatory requirements for Registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland
Two of the standards from the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Professional Standards, namely ‘Standard for Provisional Registration’ and ‘Standard for Full Registration’ (legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish state school).

teaching of other subjects / teaching across the curriculum primary lower secondary upper secondary English content and language integrated learning Reflection & self-assessment by the teacher Professional development Orientation: other subjects Scottish Gaelic

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  Find resources according to orientation for teacher education and development


  1. Orientation: other subjects = aimed at teachers concerned with the use of languages of schooling, including CLIL and the teaching of other subjects.
  2. Orientation: languages = aimed at teachers teaching foreign languages (e.g. French or Chinese in the UK) or the language of schooling.
  3. Teaching and learning = covers didactic skills, including those related to planning, materials development, testing, and knowledge of, for example, language acquisition and learning psychology.
  4. Professional development = covers collegial and individual actions taken for professional, personal & institutional development, and any experiences and activities that are intended to, or do actually, contribute to the development of competences.
  5. Reflection & self-assessment by the teacher = self-assessment by teachers of their own competence, attitudes, and reflection on their recent, future and long term development.
  6. Plurilingual and pluricultural development
    One can distinguish two aspects regarding plurilingual and pluricultural development:
    A holistic plurilingual & pluricultural perspective covers competences related to setting aims and managing learning activities that develop learners’ - as well as the teacher’s - pluricultural and plurilingual competences.
    Capitalising on linguistic & cultural resources of the learner in the context covers competences needed for drawing on the diversity that students bring into the learning arena through their linguistic and cultural repertoires, and potentially the linguistic and cultural resources available in the location.
  7. The teacher’s language and cultural competence and awareness
    One can distinguish two aspects regarding the teacher’s language and cultural competence and awareness: The teacher’s language and cultural competence covers the teacher’s own ability to use the language(s) which, or in which, they are teaching, i.e. the target language(s) and/or the language(s) of schooling, and to work effectively as a teacher in the relevant cultural context(s).
    The teacher’s language and cultural awareness covers the teacher’s understanding of how language and communication work, enabling them to plan lessons, analyse language difficulties, deal with learners’ errors and questions etc. This also includes their general linguistic and cultural knowledge and awareness.
  8. Attention to learners’ individual needs = covers competences relevant to taking account of and responding to individual learning needs of different kinds (to do with a language of origin, literacy, disability, learning style, pace of progress etc.).

Click below to find out more about these orientations, and to search for resources where they feature prominently.

FOCUS ON LEARNERS FOCUS ON TEACHERS FOCUS ON TEACHING
Teaching and learning
The teacher’s language and cultural competence and awareness
Orientation: languages
Covers didactic skills, including those related to planning, materials development, testing, and knowledge of, for example, language acquisition and learning psychology.

One can distinguish two aspects regarding the teacher’s language and cultural competence and awareness: 
The teacher’s language and cultural competence
covers the teacher’s own ability to use the language(s) which, or in which, they are teaching, i.e. the target language(s) and/or the language(s) of schooling, and to work effectively as a teacher in the relevant cultural context(s).
The teacher’s language and cultural awareness covers the teacher’s understanding of how language and communication work, enabling them to plan lessons, analyse language difficulties, deal with learners’ errors and questions etc. This also includes their general linguistic and cultural knowledge and awareness.

The development of the teachers‘ language and cultural competence and awareness can be accompanied by more general educational aims: Development of a culture of democracy (human rights, social inclusion, democratic engagement) in teachers’ and students’ views, attitudes and educational pathways.
Aimed at teachers teaching foreign languages (e.g. French or Chinese in the UK) or the language of schooling. For a specific contribution of language teaching to education in general: Development of a culture of democracy (human rights, social inclusion, democratic engagement) in teachers’ and students’ views, attitudes and educational pathways.
Plurilingual and pluricultural development
Reflection & self-assessment by the teacher
Orientation: other subjects
One can distinguish two aspects regarding plurilingual and pluricultural development:
A holistic plurilingual & pluricultural perspective covers competences related to setting aims and managing learning activities that develop learners’ - as well as the teacher’s - pluricultural and plurilingual competences.
Capitalising on linguistic & cultural resources of the learner in the context covers competences needed for drawing on the diversity that students bring into the learning arena through their linguistic and cultural repertoires, and potentially the linguistic and cultural resources available in the location. Plurilingual and pluricultural development can be accompanied by more general educational aims: Development of a culture of democracy (human rights, social inclusion, democratic engagement) in teachers’ and students’ views, attitudes and educational pathways.
Self-assessment by teachers of their own competence, attitudes, and reflection on their recent, future and long term development.
Aimed at teachers concerned with the use of languages of schooling, including CLIL and the teaching of other subjects.
Attention to learners’ individual needs
Professional development
 
Covers competences relevant to taking account of and responding to individual learning needs of different kinds (to do with a language of origin, literacy, disability, learning style, pace of progress etc.).
Covers collegial and individual actions taken for professional, personal & institutional development, and any experiences and activities that are intended to, or do actually, contribute to the development of competences.

Learner frameworks and key background documents

Here you find brief descriptions of important resources that that outline (language) learners’ competences, and key background documents.

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Frameworks, standards and documents included in the online guide

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