U Cyprus 2nd language teaching

The University of Cyprus (School of Modern Greek) is looking for partners for an international research project with the provisional title “Development of training courses for second language teaching”. In case you are interested in being a partner in the below described project or if you would like to have more information please contact Dr. Anna Kyritsi at: kyritsi@ucy.ac.cy until December 5, 2011 if possible.

Partners can be institutions of higher education, adult education institutions, teacher training institutions or similar from EU and non EU countries. The working language will be English while the results of the project will be translated in all partner languages. An application for funding will be submitted to the EU Life Long Learning program under the 2012 call for multilateral projects. The deadline for submission is 2/2/2012 and at least 3 partners from EU countries are needed for the consortium.

Project description
The project duration will be 2 years starting in October 2012.

The first task will be to conduct research into second language teaching in adult education as opposed to foreign language teaching. The aim of this research will be to define the sociolinguistic and pedagogical issues with which teachers of second language are confronted eg. the role of language for successful integration, the acquisition of skills for intercultural communication, the social status and the learning experiences of the learners, the teaching of groups of mixed language and ability.

After defining the area of second language teaching and the special needs of teachers in this area the project will develop a framework for a course for teacher training in the subject as well as for In-service-training courses on special subjects for teachers already active in the field. This framework will then be adapted by each partner institution according to the individual situation of the country it resides in and on the basis of these adaptations trial courses will be conducted.

The next step of the project will be to develop a train-the-trainer course in order to secure that there will be qualified persons who will conduct the above mentioned teacher training courses in future. Finally the project will set up a framework for the accreditation of qualifications for second language teaching on a European level.

We would particularly be interested in cooperating with institutions working in similar linguistic environments. The main linguistic variety on the island of Cyprus is the Cypriot Greek dialect, which is widely spoken in most communicative settings. Teaching standard modern Greek as a second language in such a linguistic environment presents additional challenges for the language teacher, which we intend to address as part of the training program.

Indicative time schedule

October 2012 Start
November 2012 Kick off meeting – Project planning
December 2012-March 2013 1st phase – Research
March 2013 2nd meeting and publication of results on the project’s website
April 2013-August 2013 Development of teacher training courses  – trial courses (phase 1) – evaluation
September 2013 3rd meeting – evaluation of the process
September 2013 – January 2014 Development of teacher training courses – trial courses (phase2) – evaluation
Development of train the trainer course
February 2014 4th meeting – evaluation of the process
Conference – project presentation and results
February 2014 – June 2014 Summing up of project
Framework for training accreditation of training
July 2014  5th meeting – final evaluation / writing of final report
September 2014 End of project

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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