About the CATAPULT Project

CATAPULT  is a three-year project co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union. It aims to offer training and tools to language teachers teaching Languages for Specific Purposes (LSPs) in adult and higher education, and to therefore make sure they are equipped with the necessary professional skills to train LSP learners in the digital era. This objective will be reached through a collaborative European project undertaken by Higher Education Institutions, an international language association involved in the promotion of quality assurance in language learning and teaching, and independent partners in 6 different countries, which strive to contribute to the improvement of the quality of the teaching and learning of Languages for Specific Purposes in Europe. The consortium’s collaborative work will lead to the provision of specific training and tools for the professional development of LSP teachers with particular focus on improved in-service training through and in the use of technology-enhanced environments.The CATAPULT consortium will develop a Common Competence Framework, a training programme for European language teachers delivered through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), an accreditation procedure and a Community of Practice (CoP) Platform, aiming to provide LSP teachers (and language teacher educators) with a tool-kit enabling them to be more adequately skilled LSP teachers and more competitive on the adult and higher education job markets, thus increasing their employability and career options.

Our Outputs in a Nutshell

Kick-off Meeting

The CATAPULT Kick-off meeting took place at Sorbonne Université, ESPE de Paris (School of Education) on 14 September 2018. All consortium partners were represented. The objectives of the first consortium meeting were (1) to allow for representatives of partner institutions to meet face-to-face and get to know each other, (2) to review project feedback from the French national agency, (3) to discuss outputs and tasks with all partners and study the key milestones of the project, (4) to present budgetary matters (including budget revisions) and (5) to familiarise the partners with project tools and define the work methods of the consortium.

Meet the Consortium Partners!

Back row: Cédric Sarré (Sorbonne), Frans Oosterholt (TELLConsult), Ton Koenraad (TELLConsult), Rob Williams (ICC) / Front row: Katerina Zourou (Web2Learn), Elzbieta Gajewska (UP Krakow), Anna Turula (UP Krakow), Poppy Skarli (TUAS), Marjatta Rännäli (TUAS)

What's next? Focus on O1

In the next weeks, our work will mainly focus on Output 1 (Situational Survey). O1 is a key output as it paves the way to the development and implementation of all following Outputs. The objective of O1 is to offer an evidence-based and detailed identification of the job market needs for LSP teachers and the associated professional skills required by the market. This analysis will shed light into the type of skills needed and will shape the offer which will be implemented in O2 and O3. The form of the situational survey has been opted for by the CATAPULT team as it draws on a variety of sources that could be described as indicators of the situation, rather than ´just a mere qualitative or quantitative survey, and therefore gives a current and broad picture of the situation. This output consists in data collection from several sources, both qualitative and quantitative. The analysis of the data collected will be drafted into a public report which will be instrumental in all outputs, more importantly O2 and O3.

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