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"Towards a Common European Framework for Language Teachers": expert meeting (23-25 January 2017)

Author: Catherine Seewald/01 March 2017/Categories: Towards a CEFR for language teachers

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The project team met in January 2017 for their second expert meeting. Having completed the analysis of a first shortlist of important instruments for teacher education, the team members discussed ways in which to present the tools to a wider public. It was agreed that the team will now prepare

  • a website that offers different users (teachers, teacher educators, etc.) various pathways into the universe of frameworks for teacher competences;
  • a database describing individual instruments in different categories that can be searched with keywords;
  • in the entry for each instrument, a description of its most important characteristics, suggestions as to how it can be used, and a ‘spidergram’ graphic for quick visual information.

To make the information especially relevant and attractive, we will seek to add practice examples from educators, teachers, employers etc. who have used such tools in practice. In 2017, feedback from a larger audience of teacher students, teachers, educators and other experts on the first results of the project will be sought. Their responses will be vital in steering the project team towards what is needed by the potential different users in and beyond Europe. For the latter, the team members were happy to welcome Prof. Joseph Dicks (University of New Brunswick), their Canadian associate partner, to the meeting in Graz.

The project team


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