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Building block 4:
How can modules in teacher education programmes be designed to prepare teachers for language-sensitive education?

This Building block offers guidelines for teacher educators who are developing and adapting teacher education modules to include language-sensitive aspects. Both curriculum planners and teacher educators may be involved in ensuring that language-sensitive elements are covered in teacher education modules, in order to foster students’ awareness of language sensitivity during their studies and to promote students’ critical understanding of the role of language and language sensitivity in different subject areas.

Who is this Building block for?

  • teacher educators (pre-service and in-service) at all levels and for all subjects
  • curriculum planners and curriculum developers for teacher education

To use this Building block, some familiarity with language-sensitive education is recommended. Stakeholders with little background in language education are invited to cooperate with colleagues more experience in this area.

Main objectives

  • to stimulate reflection on the integration of language-sensitive aspects in modules for teacher education;
  • to familiarise users with steps that need to be taken when creating or adapting a module in teacher education designed to prepare (future) teachers for language-sensitive education.