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The Governing Board of the ECML considered that harmonising language teacher education in Europe is a priority theme that should be addressed by the ECML in the second medium-term programme. The proposals dealing with aspects of this issue that the ECML received were not taken up. However, the Board asked the Secretariat to include a small number of activities in its programme to allow reflection on the issue of such a common framework for teacher education, building on what is already provided by the Common European Framework of Reference and taking into account aspects of the European Language Portfolio.
Recently a 'European Profile for Language Teacher Education - A Frame of Reference' was published, resulting from a project initiated by the European Commission and implemented by a project group based at Southampton University and coordinated by Michael Grenfell.
At a meeting held at the ECML in December 2004, attended by ECML experts and Michael Grenfell, it was decided to carry out a project which would build on the work of the European Profile, the Common European Framework and the European Language Portfolio.
This project aims to develop the above three strands
and combine relevant insights to compile a portfolio based on competences
to be developed in the course of pre-service teacher education.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
To develop a portfolio of competences, knowledge, and values required by language teachers which can be used as a tool for reflection by students during their initial teacher education. This will be referred to as the 'Student Teacher Portfolio'. Whilst the portfolio is intended primarily as a resource for initial teacher education, it will serve as a tool to assist curriculum development and course planning and also as an awareness-raising instrument in-service teacher education.
1. To examine the European Profile, compiled by the EC Southampton-based
A publication/CD Rom which provides exemplary materials to serve as the basis for a Student Teacher Portfolio for pre-service language teacher education in individual national contexts.
: April - June
2005: 4-5 June
2005: June- October
2005: October December
2005: 27-29 October
2006: October - Jan
2006: 25-26 April
Workshop planning meeting of coordinating team to
2006: 13-15 October