VIR_TEACH Project

The Translation and Languages Office team is involved in an Erasmus Plus project “A Virtual Solution for a comprehensive and coordinated training for foreign language TEACHers in Europe” under the funding of the Erasmus Plus Program.

This project is developed in the scope of the Key Action2- “Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices”, and is coordinated by Ana Cunha the Translation and Language Office Coordinator

According to recent studies developed by the European Commission, there is an urgent need to improve Initial Teacher Education (ITE) to make it more attractive, collaborative and system-wide focused. Some of the detected competencies are selection, short term vision and poor evaluation system performance. VIR_TEACH is a step forward to advance on the previous work developed by other networks that have been pursuing the internationalisation of educational practice. While the labour mobility of this sector is in continuous growth, there is no unified format for teacher training at European level. Neither the digital platforms for promoting mobility, nor unified digital tools for the mentoring the needs of students in their internship phase.

The creation of the digital space suggested in VIR_TEACH (A Virtual Solution for a comprehensive and coordinated training for foreign language TEACHers in Europe) project would foster the internationalization and convergence of national formats, as well as the exchange of methodologies and good practices. The objectives are:

– To design of user-friendly and useful digital tools aimed at ITE, focused on knowledge transfer, social networking and follow-up during the internship phase.

– To research into a coherent competencies framework and the broad outlines of institutional action.

– To promote the sharing of innovative practices in the initial training of language teachers and the internationalization of the respective training practices, progressing towards the European Convergence.

This project would provide a compendium of good practices and resources for trainee-teachers (O1). It would create a digital space of encounter and exchange between the teacher trainers, the students and the pre-service and in-service centers, providing in addition a digital space to enhance a greater coherence between the training and the internship phase (O2). A series of guidelines will be published, specifically for public administrators (O3). Also, two events will be organised, to disseminate these outputs and collect feedback: An International Workshop and Formative Evaluation and the First European Conference on Foreign Languages Teachers Training.

Funding
Erasmus + Program (European Union)

Project Reference
2018-1-ES01-KA203-050045

Period
01.09.2018 to 31.08.2021

Duration
36 months

Partners
The project has 5 entities from 5 countries of the European Union as follows:

Universidad de Burgos (UBU)
UC Limburg (UCLL)
Szczecińska Szkoła Wyższa Collegium Balticum (SSW CB)
Universitatea Crestina Dimitrie Cantemir
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT)

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Montessori Method in Teaching 2nd Language to Adults Project

The Translation and Languages Office team is involved in an Erasmus Plus project. “Montessori Method in Teaching 2nd Language to Adults” under the funding of the Erasmus Plus Program.

This project is developed in the scope of the Key Action2- “Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices”, and is coordinated by Professor Ana Cunha the Translation and Language Office Coordinator.
The project consists in teaching second language to adults using the Montessori method who emphasizes the active learning through the five senses, not only through the passive listening, vision or reading.

In recent years, sustainable social and economic development, along with intercultural dialogue, have been sought through efforts to ensure universal access to high quality education. In parallel, individual nations, and economic groupings such as the European Union, have been calling for a fundamental transformation of education to develop new competences among their citizens if they are to remain competitive. Educational innovation is a high priority
contributing to key targets on adult learning, up-skilling and modernization of training in the Europe 2020 strategy and the European agenda for adult learning.

The Montessori Method is a rather old but very effective educational method that has been implemented especially for the education of children. It is based on the individual needs of each learner and therefore it can address the learners’ needs in different education fields and training sectors and take into deep consideration the personal attitude, learning time and psychological blocks.

This project it is also aimed at introducing the Montessori Method to the field of language learning as for adults and promoting the acquisition of key competencies and skills throughout the education and training system.
Partners will work in the following ways:

• Development of a manual guidebook for the transfer of the Montessori Method in language learning to adults – it will be primarily addressed to language teachers and will describe analytically how to implement the principles of the Montessori Method to adults over 20.

• Organization of training workshops for language teachers on Montessori method.

• Development of online training for the language teachers in partner countries and then in all over Europe in the methodology.

The expected impact on the attractiveness and the efficiency of the training course developed with the methodology studied in the research phase will be measured and documented through the analysis of the results obtained by pre- and post-course tests filled by participants, trainers and observers, to assess the effectiveness of the active/participatory method. All results will be organized in tables and all the possible quantitative elaborations will be performed.

Funding: Erasmus+ Program (European Union)

Duration: 24 months

Project Reference: 2019-1-TR01-KA204-074258

Partners
The project has 6 entities from 6 different countries as follows:
• Osmaniye Il Milli Egitim Mudurlugu
• Fundacja Instytut Badan I Innovawacji W Edukacji
• Europe For All
• Centrul Judetean De Resurse Si Asistenta Educationala Arad
• Vienna Association Of Education Volunteers
• Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias

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