A EUROPEAN LANGUAGES PROJECT

Goethe-Institut London (Lead Partner)

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. The institute conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about the country’s cultural, social and political life. Its cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility. Its office in the UK provides support for German teachers at all levels, primary, secondary, tertiary, by conducting professional development, holding conferences, creating teaching materials, providing scholarships and organising promotional activities. Language courses are also offered along with qualifications according to the levels established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Team members: Roma Schultz and Karl Pfeiffer

Association for Language Learning, UK

Association for Language Learning, UK (ALL) was established in 1990 and has about 4,500 members working in languages, many of which are teachers in primary and secondary education. ALL has a large number of member networks spread around the UK geographically, with 35 primary hubs (to date). Primary hubs are groupings of teachers who are principally concerned with teaching and learning languages in primary education. Hubs hold meetings led by teachers for other teachers and they focus on various themes and pedagogy. Assessment and progression and transition to secondary school are themes which unite all teachers working in the primary sector. The UK government consults ALL on educational questions and members of ALL are currently part of the Expert Subject Advisory Group dedicated to the teaching of languages in primary schools. Team members: Rachel Middleton and Steven Fawkes

CEP Norte de Tenerife

CEP Norte de Tenerife is a teachers and resource centre under the Regional Education Department of the Spanish Ministry of Education. All the staff members work as pedagogical advisors and follow directives of the Regional Education Department to develop programs designed to implement innovative methodologies among the schools of the north area of Tenerife. As a public entity, it organises courses and teacher development programs conceived to improve results in public schools. As part of their duties, all the staff members visit and advise schools in fields like ICTs, methodology, evaluation, Regional Education Department Programs oriented to enhance areas as literacy, foreign language acquisition as well as curricular aspects. Team members: Juan Manuel Melgar Jiménez, Carlos Cáceres Hernández and Magaly Beatriz Afonso Perdomo

Consejería de Educación, UK

The Consejería de Educación is the Education Office of the Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is involved in the design and development of methods, resources, materials, activities, etc., for promoting the Spanish language and culture in educational context in the UK. Following European directives, this institution supports the teaching and learning of languages as a life-long learning process and is committed to support the integration of different cultures. Measures taken are customised not only for students but also for teachers and for the educational community in general. The Consejería de Educación on the development of linguistic competence across the curriculum by designing and creating resources and activities according to the levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Team members: Jesús Manuel Hernández González, Concha Julián and Rubén Barderas Rey

La Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo de la Comunidad Autónoma de La Rioja

CONSEJERÍA DE EDUCACIÓN, FORMACIÓN Y EMPLEO, La Rioja, is a Regional Ministry of Education of the Government of La Rioja (Spain). It is covering all areas and levels of the education system inside and beyond the classroom. It especially supports IT-activities in schools and also encourages cooperation. Teachers are offered a wide range of systems of support by being provided with a variety of options that fit the needs of each and every individual as well as school. Seminars, Conferences and/or Lectures together with specific training are regularly organised so as to always be on track. Scores above the national average in most of the tested subjects show the achieving gains the region has reached. The Consejería de Educación, La Rioja, tries to differentiate itself by streamlining the education components through emphasising the importance of creative and critical thinking in all its departments. Human and financial resources in assistance of teachers and students at all levels are provided to develop the plan of execution that will lead to success. Team members: Esther Janeiro Martínez, Begoña Aguirre Brea and Maria Teresa Gil Benito

Leipzig University

Leipzig University was founded in 1409 and is one of the oldest universities in Germany. Out of nearly 29.000 students, 2600 come from about 130 foreign countries. 14 Faculties offer 140 study programs which are taught in German and in English. The International Centre is the interface for all internationalisation processes at Leipzig University. With partners all over the world it supports bilateral contracts with nearly 50 foreign universities and 350 ERASMUS partner universities. The German Academic Exchange Service and the EU have awarded Leipzig University both the “e-Quality Label” granted for the excellent implementation of the ERASMUS Programme and an award for the top ten Joint Programmes in Germany (M.A. Global Studies). Team members: Prof. Dr. Norbert Schlüter and Josefine Klein

University of Reading

University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. It is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education. Currently it has 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities and nearly 4,000 members of staff. Its graduate employability record is excellent. The numbers of students going on to higher level study is well above the national average. The University’s International Strategy includes a commitment to establishing and maintaining high quality partnerships with universities and organisations around the world. In the department of Modern Languages and European Studies, students can subscribe for European, French, German, Italian and Spanish studies or a joint degree within the School of Literature and Languages. The Institute of Education has a strong reputation not only for its provision for future and current language teachers, but also for its high-quality research in the area of second language learning and teaching. Team members: Barbara King, Suzanne Graham and Louise Courtney

University for Foreigners of Siena – INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

The University for Foreigners of Siena is a public university specialized in the teaching of Italian as well as many other languages. It also specializes in scientific research on the diffusion of the Italian language and culture in the world and in contact between Italian and other languages and cultures. All of the undergraduate degree courses, master’s degrees, master programmes, postgraduate schools and certifications of teaching competences are open to Italian and foreign students. They include courses in teaching and promoting Italian language and culture, linguistic and cultural mediation and translation in the tourism business. The Italian language and culture courses are intended for foreigners, who may also sit the Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS) exams. Team members: Donatella Troncarelli, Andrea Villarini and Matteo La Grassa

University for Foreigners of Perugia

University for Foreigners of Perugia is the oldest Italian institution involved in teaching and research activities as well as in the diffusion of the Italian language and civilization in all its expressions. Its institutional mission is the dissemination and the promotion of the Italian language and culture all over the world. The University offers Italian Language and Culture courses, taking into consideration the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. The main centres of the University are the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Centre for Language Assessment and Certification (CVCL). The University is involved in European initiatives and projects focused on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision among partner countries. In addition, it has over two hundred Scientific and Culture Cooperation Agreement with universities and public and private institutions worldwide in order to promote long-term synergies in the field of higher education and training at all levels. Team members: Professor Giuliana Grego Bolli, Cristina Mercuri and Mrs. Paola Tricoli

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster, which is situated at the heart of London, celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2014. It has 22,000 students enrolled on a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, research or short courses. The University has proud traditions of innovation and creativity, of providing education for all and of shaping the future of professional life. It is one of the leading research-informed and practice-focused cosmopolitan universities. Its activities are concentrated in five faculties: Architecture and Built Environment; Media, Arts and Design; Science and Technology; and Social Sciences and Humanities (including the Westminster Law School). The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities comprises 5 Departments, one of which is the Westminster Professional Language Centre, which offers a broad and innovative choice of academic and professional courses in English and in foreign languages. One of its focuses through its Network of Languages is Staff Development courses for primary and secondary language teachers. Team member: Domini Stone

 

Partners

Goethe-Institut
Uni Stra Perugia
Uni Reading
Uni Leipzig
Gobierno La Rioja Educacion
CEP Norte
ALL
Westminster
Logo: Italian Consulate General in London

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