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Action Research Communities for language teachers: ARC Network Meeting (Graz, Austria, 3-4 May 2018)

Using action research as an essential tool for the development of reflective classroom practice

30 May 2018

The ARC Network Meeting was held at the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) on 3-4 May 2018. The event was co-ordinated by team members Angela Gallagher-Brett, Christine Lechner, Tita Mihaiu, Brynhildur Ragnarsdóttir, Anita Konrad, Marianne Jacquin and Renata Zanin and attended by 14 network members. The programme was designed around three cornerstones: presentations of action research projects developed over the past eighteen months by members of the ARC Network; input on activities around language learning and action research; discussions leading to tool development.

At the heart of the event were the network projects showing up how action research leads to expedient steps in the classroom through reflection, and these projects are to be published on the project homepage by the end of the year. Gunther Abuja from the Austrian Language Competence Centre spoke about the activities of the centre and the co-operation with the ECML; Franz Rauch from the Institute of Teaching and School Development at the University of Klagenfurt held a talk on the state-of-the-art of action research in Austria. Jim Murphy from the Centre for Distant Learning and Innovation (CDLI) in Canada spoke via skype on support for endangered languages.

The project team were extremely happy with the very constructive contributions to the tool development.

  • Project website "Action research communities for language teachers" (2016-2019):
    English - German

 

The project team:
Christine Lechner (project coordinator, Austria), Angela Gallagher-Brett (United Kingdom),
Tita Mihaiu (Romania), Brynhildur Anna Ragnarsdóttir (Iceland)

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