The EPG project

Context

EPG project - Words cloudThe EPG project, co-funded by the EU Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), is being developed by a consortium of 11 European partners led by CIEP. This Leonardo – Transfer of Innovation project started on 1 October 2011 and lasted 26 months.

Objective

The aim of the European Profiling Grid (EPG) project was to help improve the quality and effectiveness of language training through the use of an innovative instrument: the European Profiling Grid.

Designed for teachers working in Europe in language centres and schools in Europe, this tool can be used to :

  • help better identify training and professional development needs;
  • provide a reliable aid to the self-assessment and assessment of professional skills;
  • support the recruitment of language teachers and the management of their performance;
  • foster mobility by describing the professional skills and qualifications of language teachers from whichever country.

Thus, the EPG is not just a tool developed for the use of the language teachers but also for their trainers and employers.

The results of the project

The European Profiling Grid for Languages Teachers has already been made available free of charge and can be adapted to its end-users’ needs, and to the context in which it is used. A user-friendly, interactive online version, the e-Grid, has also been created to ensure ease of use, and there is a User Guide that provides clear guidance on how to use EPG for its various different purposes.
Training courses were held were held in Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, France and the UK in the autumn of 2013 in order to train the future users of the Grid.
Two seminars designed to raise awareness about the results of the project and potential uses of the Grid and e-Grid were run in the middle (Germany, November 2012), and at the end  (France, October 2013) of the project.

Partners

Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), France
Evaluation & Accreditation of Quality in Language Services (EAQUALS), UK
British Council, UK
Instituto Cervantes, Spain
Bulgarian Association for Quality Language Services (BAQLS OPTIMA), Bulgaria
Goethe-Institut e.V., Germany
Center für berufsbezogene Sprachen (CEBS), Austria
ELS-Bell Education Ltd (ELS Bell), Poland
Università oer Stranieri di Siena (UNISTRASI), Italy
Hogeschool van Amsterdam DOO (HvA), Netherlands
Sabanci Üniversitesi (SU), Turkey