British Council

British Council

Description

The British Council is the UK’s principal cultural relations agency with offices in over 100 countries worldwide. It is active in the arts, education and the English language. It teaches English and employs 2000 teachers globally so is especially interested in measuring language teacher performance and in continuous professional development.
The British Council has been involved, as a pilot or as a partner, in a wide variety of projects. The institution coordinated for instance the LLP Comenius project “International Coordinator Training for intercultural education and diversity“ and the LLP Key activity 2 project “Language Rich Europe“. They have also taken part in DG EAC projects such as Youth in action and Getting to know Europe.

Role in EPG

British Council coordinates the quality assurance work package of the project.

Website

www.britishcouncil.org

CEBS

Description

CEBS, founded in 1992 as part of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, is a centre for teacher in-service training in Austria, specialising in vocationally-oriented studies. It is a think-tank for teacher development, curricula development, language assessment and the integration of educational programmes run by the EU and the Council of Europe. In particular, it considers itself a driving force for the integration of ICT in foreign language teaching. The CEBS is also an examination centre for international certificates, for example BEC, CCIP-diplomas, DELE and CLIDA and a contact point between schools and economic institutions at home and abroad.
The CEBS works to improve teacher training in Austria and abroad with educational institutions all over Europe, particularly as part of European programmes for languages in business.
The Centre has 17 full-time members of staff who provide services in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.

Role in EPG

CEBS is mainly taking part in dissemination work and in the field testing activities.

Website

www.cebs.at

CIEP

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Description

The Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques (CIEP) is a national, public organisation well-known in France and abroad for its expertise in training, evaluation and languages and as a key player in the sphere of international cooperation in the field of education. Its activities are carried out by a network of experts and national and international partners supported by the know-how of a team of more than 200.
CIEP has been active in the field of European project management for more than a decade, as coordinator of a number of previous and current  projects within the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission such as Semlang, SAEL, REAL, and as a partner in different EU projects, including Surveylang and Lingu@net.
Building upon this experience, CIEP now organises three Europe-wide annual training courses: Forlang (a European approach to language teacher training), Foresite (ICT to support language teaching) and ForMoove (European awareness and mobility projects for schools). The CIEP is the contact point for the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in France.

Role in EPG

CIEP is the coordinating partner for EPG and, as such, directs all project activity. It is also in charge of the dissemination activities.

Website

www.ciep.fr

Eaquals

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Description

Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services (EAQUALS) is an international association of providers and organisations involved in language teaching, which is registered as a charitable trust in the UK. It was founded in 1991 with the primary mission of promoting high quality in the teaching and learning of languages, and supporting quality improvement and the exchange of expertise through its activities.
EAQUALS has developed a unique international system for quality assurance which is used to accredit language course providers which are found to meet EAQUALS standards in audits that take place every four years. The association is currently made up of over 100 institutions in 26 countries, as well as 23 associate members and six project partners.
EAQUALS organises two annual conferences, and offers many resources to its members and others. These include a self-assessment handbook for institutions wishing to join EAQUALS, numerous documents and self-help guides related to the implementation of the principles and level system of the Common European Framework for Languages, an electronic European Language Portfolio created in partnership with ALTE, the draft Profiling Grid for Language Teachers, a draft Framework for Language Teacher Training and Development, and self-help guides on staff management.
EAQUALS works in partnership with, among others, the Council of Europe on the linguistic integration of adult migrants, and with ISO on the development of international standards for ‘learning services’. It is a member of the ECML Professional Network Forum.

Role in EPG

EAQUALS is responsible for the work package concerned with field-testing the EPG, and assists with all other aspects of the project. EAQUALS is co-author of the referential on which the EPG project is based.

Website

www.eaquals.org

ELS-Bell

Bell

Description

ELS-Bell Education Poland, a privately owned group of language schools founded in 1989, has been operating within the Bell International network. It runs 5 language schools located in central and northern Poland and provides a range of language courses and training programmes to over 3000 students.
It offers courses to the local market to private and corporate learners of all ages. The range of courses includes Cambridge English (CE) exam preparation, English for Academic Purposes and for Specific Vocational Purposes (Business, Medical etc.) as well as other languages on request such as DE/FR/IT/PL/RU. ELS-Bell is also a CELTA/DELTA teacher training centre.
Over the last 4 years ELS-Bell has coordinated 5 projects co-funded by the European Social Fund. With the aim of increasing employability on the local labour market, the projects had a combined budget of over €800K and were offered to 700 beneficiaries.

Role in EPG

ELS-Bell is mainly taking part in dissemination work and in the field testing activities.

Website

www.bellschools.pl

Goethe Institut

Goethe Institut

Description

The Goethe Institut  is the Federal Republic of Germany’s worldwide cultural institution. It promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. As well as fostering knowledge about Germany and providing information on its culture, society and politics, it sets internationally recognised standards in the teaching, learning and testing of German as a foreign language. The Language Department is a founding member of ALTE and a member of the European language policy organisation ECML.
The Goethe Institut is also a member of the Language Testing Group as part of the European Survey on Language Competences. This project is a major European Commission initiative to support the development of language learning policies across Europe (www.surveylang.org). The GI produces the tests for German. It was also the lead organisation in the “Schule im Wandel“ inne.

Role in EPG

The Goethe-Institut will be in charge of the exploitation work package. It will also coordinate the various training courses.

Website

www.goethe.de

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Description

The Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA – University of Applied Sciences) is a Higher Education institution offering over 80 courses of study, spread across locations in Amsterdam including the soon to be inaugurated brand new Amstel Campus in the centre of the city. The HvA prepares students for specific professions at Bachelor level with a firm focus on practice and competence building. With 2,300 employees serving more than 30,000 students, HvA considers its primary mission to be the provision of support and guidance to help its students become professionals.
HvA has strong links with the business world, both as a large employer and as an important player in the knowledge sector. Businesses from the Netherlands and abroad play their part in helping HvA’s students evolve as independent professionals by offering internships, assigning research projects, taking part in lectures, and cooperating on knowledge platforms. Close co-operation with the University of Amsterdam also creates added value in the areas of education and research, stimulating knowledge exchange and providing increased efficiency.

Role in EPG

Hva is mainly taking part in dissemination work and in the field testing activities.

Website

www.hva.nl  

Instituto Cervantes

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Description

The Instituto Cervantes was created in Spain in 1991 to promote the teaching, the study and the use of Spanish language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. It is a non-profit public body and Its Head Office is located in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), the birthplace of the universally famous writer Miguel de Cervantes. The aims of the Instituto Cervantes are to implement measures to raise awareness and improve the quality of its language and cultural activities. The work of the Instituto is directed by representatives from the worlds of academia, culture and literature from Spain and Latin America.
With seventy centres on five continents, the organisation runs Spanish courses for over 200,000 students each year and offers a range of diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), as well as issuing official certificates and diplomas to its course participants. The Instituto also provides Spanish teacher training, offers support to Hispanists and organizes many cultural events in conjunction with other relevant organisations.
In addition, the Instituto contributes to the promotion of Spanish culture abroad, through its Centro Virtual Cervantes and by carrying out projects in coordination with other relevant State bodies.

Role in EPG

The Instituto Cervantes is responsible for the translation work package.

Website

www.cervantes.es

OPTIMA

OPTIMA

Description

BAQLS OPTIMA was set up in 2000 as a non-profit, independent organisation to introduce and maintain European quality standards in foreign language institutions, as part of a project run by the British Council, Bulgaria. It became an EAQUALS associate member in 2001. At present OPTIMA has 25 member organisations (over 6000 students and 600 teachers) which include private language centres and schools, and university language centres. A substantial part of Optima’s students learn a foreign language for business or other occupational purposes.
The activities of the Association include regular inspection and accreditation procedures of member institutions carried out every 3 years. Optima also organises biannual training seminars for teachers who teach languages for general and professional purposes. It also is engaged in numerous professional events intended for language specialists, and has participated in many projects (with the British Council and EAQUALS; in the framework of the LLP Grundtvig and Leonardo).

Role in EPG

The association coordinates the Development of contents work package. OPTIMA is co-author of the referential on which the EPG project is based.

Website

www.optima-bg.org/en

Sabanci

Sabanci

Description

Sabanci University (SU) is recognised as one of the most innovative and research-oriented universities in Turkey. Its research focus is on applied research with the objectives of advancing knowledge, supporting teaching and contributing to the progress of the wider community. Since its foundation in 1999 many national and international research projects have been initiated in cooperation with other institutions. Grants from the EC (FP6&7, LLP) constitute about 26% of the total grant budget of the university and total over €37.6 million.
With a total of 11 undergraduate, and 21 graduate programmes taught by 170 faculty members, the University offers a highly interdisciplinary education to approximately 2,739 undergraduate and 661 graduate students. As the language of education at SU is English, the School of Languages plays a key role in the university providing students with the necessary language competences (English, Turkish and second foreign languages) to complete their studies.

Role in EPG

The University of Sabanci is mainly taking part in dissemination work and in the field testing activities.

Website

www.sabanciuniv.edu

Unistrasi

Unistrasi

Description

The University for Foreigners of Siena (USS) is a public institution with a special mandate for undertaking research and instruction in the fields of Italian language and culture. In addition to traditional courses in language and culture, offered in an innovative range of combinations, the USS awards a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and research doctorates.
The USS, with its long-standing experience in the fields of linguistics and language teaching, also provides training, refresher courses and advances courses for teachers of Italian as a foreign language, both in Siena and abroad. The DITALS research center of the USS, in particular, is devoted to assessing competence in teaching Italian as a foreign language and has awarded more than 4000 DITALS certificates in the past ten years.
Internationally, the USS works closely with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education. At both national and international levels, the USS promotes cultural links with other universities, cultural institutions and research bodies, collaborating with professionals in the areas of culture and scientific research abroad.

Role in EPG

The University is mainly taking part in dissemination work and in the field testing activities.

Website

www.unistrasi.it