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Title: REAL European federation of language teacher associations


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REALEuropean federation of languageteacher
associations
  • REAL 2 PROJECT

This project has been funded with support from
the European Commission. This communication
reflects the views only of the author, and the
Commission cannot be held responsible for any use
which may be made of the information contained
therein.
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CONTEXT
  • The REAL 2 project is funded by the European
    Commission (Lifelong Learning Programme).
  • It is being developed by a consortium of 8
    language teacher associations from 8 different
    countries coordinated by CIEP (Centre
    International dEtudes Pedagogiques), from
    Sevres, France.
  • It is based on REAL 1, which produced a
    feasibility study identifying 138 associations,
    representing 154 000 language teachers, with the
    view of creating a European federation of
    language teacher associations.

3
AIM
  • The REAL project brings together language teacher
    associations of many different shapes and sizes. 
    What they have in common is the desire to promote
    linguistic diversity and the teaching of
    languages, and to support language teachers. 

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  • General Context
  • REAL has grown out of the reality that education
    authorities, European policies and teachers of
    modern languages in the very centre of the EU are
    not correlated. The European Commission is now
    moving towards a more active linguistic policy,
    as demonstrated by the appointment of a
    Commissioner for Multilingualism. As a
    consequence, the Commission is very open to all
    suggestions made by teachers in the field. In
    order for these suggestions to be made
    efficient,  a clearly identifiable platform is
    needed.
  • Recent studies show that within Europe the
    teaching of modern foreign languages is evolving
    in a common direction, but according to very
    differing methodologies. Associations would
    therefore have a lot to discuss and learn from
    each other as they work towards common
    objectives. 

5
PARTNERS
  • Centre international d'études pédagogiques - CIEP
    (France) team leader and contracting party of
    the project
  • Association for Language Learning - ALL (United
    Kingdom) coordinating partner of the REAL2
    project
  • Asociatia profesorilor de limba engleza din
    Moldova Romania - MATE (Romania)
  • Association des professeurs de français de
    Pologne - PROF-EUROPE (Poland)

6
  • Association des professeurs de langues vivantes -
    APLV (France)
  • Federación Española de Asociaciones de
    Professores de Francés - FEAPF (Spain)
  • Lietuvos kalbu pedagogu asociacija - The
    Lithuania Association of Language Teachers - LKPA
    (Lithuania)
  • Lingua e nuova didattica - LEND (Italy)
  • Verband Englisch und Mehrsprachigkeit - EM
    (Germany)

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RESULTS OF REAL 1 FEASABILITY STUDY
  • 200 associations of language teachers were
    identified, 138 associations responded to the
    survey, representing over 154, 000 teachers from
    29 countries. These 138 associations form the
    informal base of the REAL network.
  • All the associations which replied to the survey
    stated that they are in favour of the creation of
    a European network. These results, as well as the
    discussions which took place during the final
    seminar of the REAL 1 project organized in
    September 2007 In Paris with 52 associations, led
    us to the conclusion that there is a real need
    for a network of associations of language
    teachers linked to the EU.

8
OBJECTIVES
  • The goal of REAL 2 is to create a European
    federation of language teacher associations.
  • The federation is open to monolingual as well as
    to multilingual associations from all EU and EFTA
    member states as well as the other states
    participating in the Lifelong Learning Programme
    (32 countries in all).
  • The REAL federation will support the associations
    - and thus, the teachers - to bring Europe into
    the language classroom and to make the voices of
    language teachers heard.

9
TARGET ASSOCIATIONS PROFILE
  • Language teachers associations at primary,
    secondary and university level
  • Associations of teachers in private language
    centres
  • Native teachers associations
  • Languages in view all langauges supported by EU
    educational policy (European languageas, regional
    and minority languages, sign language, langauges
    of economic partners such as Arabic, Chinese,
    Japanese, etc.)

10
  • Five major needs to be addressed
  • 1. To develop good practice in teaching via
    exchanges and common projects at a European
    level.
  • 2. To develop European skills (better knowledge
    of tools and sources of finance available at a
    European level).
  • 3. To develop strategic skills between
    associations, with the particular aim of ensuring
    continuity with regards to young teachers.
  • 4. To better represent language teachers in
    national and European policy making.
  • 5. To defend cultural and linguistic diversity,
    particularly for the less widely used languages.

11
PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS
  • Over a period of three years, the project will
  • see the creation of a legally established
    federation,
  • put together a common directory of European
    language teacher associations,
  • set up a reference website
  • develop seminars and training modules for
    language teachers as well as for association
    leaders.

12
REAL SEMINARS
  • Which of the following themes would be of
    interest to you?
  • Developing / Enhancing life- long learning
    competences through the activities of language
    teachers associations
  • Setting up European projects
  • Professional training in Europe
  • European language policies
  • Helping to improve the overall competencies of
    teachers of languages by a commitment to
    excellence through European/international
    cultural exchanges

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  • 6. Establishing a platform for the exchange of
    ideas that could lead to an overall improvement
    in the effective teaching of languages
  • 7. Making our students grow challenges and
    strategies specific to different languages
  • 8. Teacher (self-)motivation
  • 9. Motivating students preparing students to
    face European challenges
  • 10. Using translation in class the role of the
    contrastive approach
  • 11. Caring and sharing literature in the
    language class
  • 12. Other _______________________________

14
What would be the advantages for your
association?
  • Sharing good teaching practice
  • Acquiring information concerning interaction
    between associations
  • Acting together to influence language policy at
    national and European level
  • Promoting multilingualism
  • Supporting cultural diversity
  • Other _____________________________

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  • For more information
  • real_at_ciep.fr
  • REAL feasability study
  • www.ciep.fr/real/
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