Situational Survey (O1) Now Complete

The full report for O1 - Situational Survey is complete and now online ready for download. It comprises (1) a review of EU documentation on the language teaching profession, (2) a job market analysis for LSP teaching positions and (3) a survey of LSP teachers' skills and needs for professional development. The main findings of the survey are summarised in the following infographics.

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First Multiplier Event (Turku, April 2019)

On Tuesday 9 April 2019, a stand with a poster presentation of CATAPULT's O1 results was organised at Turku University of Applied Sciences' RDI fair during the international week. This was a first opportunity for people to become familiar with the project. In addition, on Thursday 11 April, a one-hour workshop was also organised to introduce the project, present the results of O1 and give a preview of what an LSP teacher's competence framework could look like. On this occasion, people attending the workshop - a dozen participants - were surveyed for ideas about the content of a MOOC devoted to LSP teachers' professional development.

CATAPULT Events (Krakow, May 2019)

Second Consortium Meeting

The second consortium meeting took place at Pedagogical University, Krakow (Poland) on 29 May 2019. All consortium partners were represented. The objectives of the consortium meeting were (1) to assess the state of the art of the project’s activities and the outputs developed (to discuss the work done so far and prepare the activities for the next 6 months) (2) to discuss the preparation of the interim report (3) to present our completed outputs to the training event participants and Advisory Board Members (ABMs) and get feedback from them on these. The feedback session with ABMs and training event participants present was very productive and led to some revisions of O2 (report and Common Competence Framework for LSP teachers).

First Short-term Staff Training Event

The first CATAPULT staff training event took place from 27 May to 29 May at UP Krakow. A dozen participants, including the trainers, took part in this 3-day event. It included sessions on LSP teaching in Poland, language teacher education programmes, teaching vocational English using an educational cloud, the integration of ICT tools in LSP teaching, as well as class observations (both face-to-face and online). The final afternoon session was a joint meeting with consortium members to become familiar with Outputs 1 and 2 and provide feedback on these ouputs.

PL-CALL 2019 Conference

PL-CALL 2019, a bi-annual conference held in Poland since 2013, took place on 30 and 31 May in Krakow. Hosted by the Pedagogical University, Krakow, it was organised by the Technology Enhanced Language Education Dept. of the School of Modern Languages and Literatures. The conference had 35 participants, mainly from Poland, but also from France, Germany, the US and Turkey. The theme of the conference – CALL FOR BACKGROUNDaccommodated 20 session papers, two workshops and two keynote lectures – by Cédric Sarré (Sorbonne Université, France) and Łukasz Olesiak (Pedagogical University Krakow, Poland). More information to be found at the conference website:

Presentations by Cédric Sarré, Ania Skowron, Ton Koenraad

What's next? Focus on O2

In the next few weeks, the Consortium will mainly work on finalising Output 2 (Common Competence Framework). As a first step towards drafting a common competence framework (CCF) for LSP teachers, existing LSP teacher education programmes will be identified, as well as existing national teacher competence frameworks, by collecting evidence in European countries. Once the Survey is completed and the results analysed, the project team will form a view on the content and modes of delivery of LSP teacher education programmes for in-service LSP teachers. Following the end of the survey, the consortium will have data regarding the training of language teachers within training programmes across the EU. This data will be turned into a report presenting a birds-eye view of what is happening in this area in various EU member states. A meta-study of previously published research papers on LSP teaching will then be carried out with a view to identifying the specific skills necessary for effective LSP teaching. The information provided by this meta-study, along with that of the survey, will serve as the basis for the designing of the Common Competence Framework. This framework will provide the foundations of the online modules developed in O3 for LSP teachers' continuing professional development.

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