The 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 will last for 24 months.
The aim of the European Profiling Grid (EPG) project is to help improve the quality and effectiveness of language training thanks to an innovative instrument: the European Profiling Grid.
Designed for teachers working in Europe in language centres and schools, this tool aims to :
- help better identify training needs;
- provide a reliable means of evaluating and self-evaluating professional skills;
- facilitate recruitment thanks to a transparent evaluation system;
- foster mobility by enhancing professional skills.
The EPG Grid is not only a tool developed for the use of the language teachers but also for their trainers and employers.
The European Profiling Grid for Languages Teachers will be made available free of charge and shall be adaptable according to its end-users’ needs and to the context in which it is to be implemented. A user-friendly, interactive online version will also be created to ensure ease of use. To help mainstream the tool, a user guide will be produced providing clear guidance on how to use EPG for its various different purposes.
Training courses are planned for Summer 2013 in Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, France and the UK, in order to train the future users of the Grid.
Two seminars will also be organised to raise awareness about the results of the project: the first one will be held in Germany (November 2012), the second one will celebrate the project’s completion (France, September 2013).
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