On 28 June 2022 the VITbox project was presented to participants of the “FIPLV World Congress of Modern Languages in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Polish Association of Modern Languages – ‘Language education in the times of global change: The need for collaboration and new perspectives’”. The conference was organised by the International Federation of Language Teacher Associations (FIPLV), the Polish Association of Modern Languages and the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw in Poland.
During the conference, the VITbox project team gave a half-hour presentation on “CEFR Companion Volume implementation toolbox – a repository of online tools for language teachers and teacher educators”, in which they presented the aims and objectives of the CEFR Companion Volume Implementation Toolbox (VITbox) project and showed examples of the professional development training materials.
The presentation was met with great interest. The audience asked questions about the project and expressed interest in using the products as well as cooperating with the team in the future.
Furthermore, the Congress was an opportunity to meet language educators from across the globe and to discuss a wide variety of issues involved in the teaching and learning of modern languages. It was also an important forum for disseminating the latest research findings in these areas. The team participated in a number of presentations which focused on the following topics:
- teaching language skills and subsystems;
- new technologies in L2 learning and teaching;
- multilingual education;
- developing intercultural competence;
- learner autonomy and language learning strategies;
- content and language integrated learning;
- classroom interaction and management;
- teachers’ knowledge and beliefs;
- teacher education;
- syllabus design;
- the CEFR;
- assessing L2 knowledge;
- methodology of research on L2 learning and teaching.
Barbara Sawicka and Johann Fischer
- ECML project website “CEFR Companion Volume implementation toolbox” (VITBox): English – French