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Language Teaching


Language teacher education

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Overview

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With a view to the possible introduction of a framework that will standardise qualifications for language teachers across Europe, the European Commission funded the preparation of the “European Profile for Language Teacher Education - A Frame of Reference”.

In doing so, the Commission hopes to encourage government policies aimed at improving the quality and innovation of language teaching. It is hoped that this improvement will then act as a catalyst for greater financial investment in language teacher training by 2010.

It will also:

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  1. increase the mobility of teachers
  2. improve and standardise their level of qualifications
  3. lead to greater personal development
 

Grants

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Teachers can apply to spend three to eight months abroad, either job shadowing, group teaching or observing class practice.

Under the Comenius programme, the following grants are available for teacher training:

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  1. grants for initial teacher training - involving a period of supervised study and, where possible, practical training in another participating country
  2. grants for in-service training - the training may take the form of a placement in commerce or industry, or in a public or non-governmental organisation, where this is considered to be conducive to achieving the trainee’s specific objectives