The Grid

      A PDF document about the EPG containing an introduction to the                 Grid, the user guide, glossary and instructions for using the                                               e-Grid is available here.


What is the European Profiling Grid?

EPG grid illustrationIt is a tool for mapping and assessing language teacher competencies internationally. It contains sets of descriptors organised over six stages of professional experience as a language teacher (novice to very experienced) and summarises the main competencies of language teachers and the background in training and experience that would be expected at each stage.

What could it be used for?

The main purpose is to assess language teachers working in an institution, and to enable them to assess themselves. This is useful when planning how to deploy teachers and when designing in-service training and professional development.

Who can use it?

Three main groups of people:

  • Managers of teachers who need to supervise their performance and maintain quality in the institution, and are also responsible for supporting collective and individual professional development.
  • Teachers themselves when they are reflecting on their own level of competence in different areas in order to improve in areas where they don’t feel confident or have little experience.
  • Teacher trainers when planning in-service training and assessing how their trainees are progressing.

Where did it come from?

It was originally developed by EAQUALS for use in its inspections, which take place in various countries and involve assessing teams of teachers with a wide variety of profiles and backgrounds.

Exactly what does it cover?

  • Language and culture, including proficiency of teachers in the target language, their language awareness and their intercultural competence
  • Qualifications and experience, including assessed teaching, and the quality and length of experience
  • Core language teaching competencies:
    1. methodology – knowledge & skills,
    2. lesson and course planning,
    3. interaction with and monitoring of learners,
    4. assessment,
    5. using digital media
  • Professional conduct, including professional development, teamwork, and the approach to administrative duties.

Since when it became publicly available?

The purpose of the EPG project was to test out the descriptors with a wide range of people – teachers, managers and trainers – in different countries to ensure that the descriptors in the Grid and the way it is organised were as valid and useful as possible. When the testing and amendments had been completed, the Grid was published in Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Turkish and Spanish. The Grid has been available, free of charge, since October 2013.

2 thoughts on “The Grid

  1. I think the idea behind the EPG project is definitely valid. Let’s hope the project will not be stopped by burocracy and people (managers of teachers, teachers) who do not believe in the importance of being assessed. It’s not a pessimistic view. It’s facts. Other projects are still on the way of having a life; like CLILL, for example, which started, more or less, 15 years ago. Anyway, let’s do the work. I will give a hand from LEND in Castrovillari.