Support websites for improving language teaching skills
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The aim of the SAEL project is to facilitate the implementation of language policy recommendations aimed at improving the quality of language teaching in Europe. It seeks to achieve this by promoting the setting up of online support websites for language teachers.
Online support of this type is essential for keeping teachers up-to-date with innovative approaches, resources and other information to help them improve their teaching practice.
A practical guide for decision-makers
The SAEL project has produced a practical guide containing concrete proposals for creating and updating websites designed to support language teachers in their work. The initiative, similar to benchmarking, is based on field surveys and the observation and testing of good practices. The proposals are modular so as to allow for adaption to different national and regional contexts.
The SAEL guide is intended for all those concerned with teaching issues. In particular, it is for those involved in inspiring, guiding or implementing tools for supporting language teachers in their work.
A Comenius project in three stages
SAEL was funded for a two-year period (2007-2009) by the European Commission's Comenius programme. The three partners involved are the CIEP, (France), the project coordinator, the ANIF (Italy) and Europees Platform (the Netherlands). Research has been carried out by Elisabeth Brodin and Micheline Maurice, the experts associated with the project.
The project is divided into three stages:
- Gathering and analysing data obtained from various European sites. This phase was completed in 2008.
- Trying out identified good practices. This phase began in April 2008 during the ANIF symposium held in Naples and ended in June 2009.
- Preparing the guide and distributing it to decision-makers in 32 countries, namely the 27 EU Member States, the other countries taking part in Lifelong Learning Programme (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and Switzerland.
A final seminar for information and discussion
A seminar took place at the CIEP in Sèvres, near Paris (France) on 5-6 November 2009. It provided an opportunity to present the project’s results and exchange information concerning online support practices. To find out more about Seminar’s outcomes and results.
Extracted from SAEL