This project was conducted by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (France), the National French Teachers Association (Italy) and Europees Platform - internationaliseren in onderwijs (Netherlands), in liaison with experts Elisabeth Brodin (University Stendhal Grenoble 3) and Micheline Maurice (pedagogical expert for eTwinning France).
The SAEL partnership: reflecting the diversity of stakeholders in language teacher training
The Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) – France The CIEP (www.ciep.fr), pilot of the SAEL project, is a public body linked to the French Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Its core missions are to promote French expertise internationally, help make France more attractive and internationalise its education system, and promote plurilingualism. Its activities revolve around two focus areas: education (general, professional and higher education; recognition of qualifications) and languages (foreign languages and mobility, assessment and certification, French language). Within the partnership, the CIEP is project leader and represents government structures designed to support the implementation of national policy.
The National French Teachers Association (ANIF) – Italy
Formed in 2001, the ANIF is an association of Italian teachers of French eager to meet the new national and European challenges concerning the role of modern language teaching and learning. The association sets out to promote the teaching of French in a plurilingual perspective, by promoting a quality approach based on comparison and exchange, the development of initial and in-service training, and the organisation of any event likely to disseminate the good practices that have emerged.
This partnership was chosen primarily to involve language teacher associations. At local, national and European level, the latter play a decisive role in disseminating good practices and act as an interface between the grassroots level and education authorities.22 The institution can also give associations the task of training language teachers, in which case the associations play a role in implementing reforms
Europees Platform - internationaliseren in onderwijs – Netherlands
Europees Platform (www.europeesplatform.nl) is a foundation jointly commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Education and the European Commission to implement a series of programmes aimed at reinforcing the European dimension, promoting internationalisation and enhancing the quality of teaching in the Netherlands. Europees Platform focuses its action on primary and secondary teaching, vocational training, and adult training and education. This partner* was chosen to represent foundations, which are another type of European structure sometimes called on to support multilingualism and language teacher training in Europe.
Thanks to the varied composition of the partnership, the language teacher websites it manages are themselves varied and complementary.
The French Ministry of Education, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Fédération internationale des professeurs de français (FIPF) have appointed the CIEP official coordinator for creating and running language teacher support websites.
- Franc-parler (www.franc-parler.org), set up in 2000, is dedicated to the worldwide community of French teachers;
- PrimLangues (www.primlangues.education.fr), set up in 2002, is devoted to primary language teaching;
- Emilangues (www.emilangues.education.fr), set up in 2006, is devoted to CLIL* teaching in France.