What needs does the project aim to address?
The issue of language teacher competences is crucial to quality and effectiveness in language education. Several previous projects have generated frameworks and descriptions of competences, but there is as yet no overview of these tools and their potential uses, and no overarching framework covering all areas of language teaching.
Innovative aspects of the project
The project aims to improve language teacher education and development by examining and defining language teaching competences. It will highlight the crucial part that teachers play in ensuring innovative, high quality language education for their learners.
The starting point will be a catalogue of the existing key instruments and publications which describe different dimensions (knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values) of language teacher competences in a variety of areas. These include linguistic and metalinguistic competences, classroom methodology, and plurilingual and intercultural competences, among others. The focus is on teachers at successive stages of their careers, and involved in different areas of language education:
- 'generic' foreign language teaching in different stages of the curriculum
- subject teaching in other languages
- education in the language of schooling
- and further specific contexts, such as adult education
In the project, the existing and possible connections and complementarity between the tools will be explored and documented. A later goal will be to consider the potential benefits of an overarching Common European Framework of Reference for Language Teachers, and what form this could take. The perspectives of practising teachers will be systematically integrated at different stages of the project to ensure creating resources that teachers can relate to.