THE ‘TOWARDS A COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING’ PROJECT
SURVEY ON THE NEED FOR FUTURE RESOURCES ON LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LANGUAGE(S) IN TEACHING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Language-related teacher competences are crucial to quality and effectiveness in all education. Several previous projects have generated frameworks and descriptions of such competences, but there is as yet no overview of these tools and their potential uses, and no overarching resource that covers all areas of language teaching and language aspects of teaching across the curriculum.
This survey is about the present and future need for such a resource (or resources), which could, for example, describe how different kinds of teachers further the language-related competences of their learners. It could also specify the competence profiles of teachers who are involved in different areas of education, including the following:
- Various kinds of foreign language teaching
- Teaching the language of schooling (including as a second language)
- Teaching any subject in the language of schooling, using a language-sensitive approach
- CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and bilingual teaching
As part of the project, we have already developed a catalogue of existing instruments and publications which describe different dimensions of language-related teacher competences in these areas across different levels of education (e.g. primary, secondary or tertiary education). Further information about the project can be found here. Now we wish to explore the need for, and the potential benefits of a future overarching reference resource focusing on the teacher competences needed for the effective use and development of language in various types of teaching. What main uses should such a future resource serve, what should it contain and what other characteristics should it have? These are the main questions covered in this short survey.
The project team would be most grateful if you would give your own opinions in your responses to the questions on the following pages. We are asking you to think about the current specific needs in your professional context, but also to consider what developments could be useful in the future for a wide range of teacher educators and teachers.
If you prefer to discuss the questions with one or more colleagues and provide responses that represent the opinions of both/all of you, that’s fine. But please indicate this at the end of the survey
Deadline: 26 February 2019
Lukas Bleichenbacher, Richard Rossner, Anna Schröder-Sura, Michel Candelier, Francis Goullier (Project team)