Consortium for training teachers of modern foreign languages

1. Objectives of the project:

provide support in the modernization process and improve the quality and relevance of existing programs in the field of teaching modern foreign languages ​​in the master's degree in partner countries

2. Objectives of the project:

- modernization and restructuring of the curricula of existing master's programs for training teachers of modern foreign languages, revision of curricula, based on the results of advanced research in the field of language acquisition and intercultural communication, using know-how and best teaching practices. Curriculum reform focuses on developing content for online training modules and introducing new teaching methods;
- Facilitating access to higher education;
- formation of competencies for continuous improvement of the quality of educational materials (exchange of knowledge between partners);
- providing the opportunity for easy access for professionals to educational programs;
- improving the chances of professionals in the labor market (lifelong learning).

3. Brief description of the project:

In recent years, a number of studies and educational initiatives have led to significant changes in how the study of a foreign language and teaching foreign languages ​​has come to be considered: there has been a transition from models focused on inputting initial information in the acquisition of a second language and language teaching methods to the inclusion of cognitive approaches in development of the learner's languages, reorganization of advancement in learning through the introduction of the Common European Framework for the Study / Teaching of Languages ​​(CEFR), as well as a change in teaching perspectives towards language learning based on procedural, competence and intercultural approaches. However, which is especially typical for Belarus, teachers and teachers of foreign languages ​​are a group of specialists focused on traditional teaching, who have insufficient access to innovative research and other innovative developments. As a result, outdated teaching methods are still used in schools and universities, despite the growing need for deeper and more advanced language proficiency in the academic environment and in the labor market. Thus, the education system in Belarus needs effective modern tools for teaching foreign languages ​​and modern and effective programs for the education and training of teachers and teachers of foreign languages. The project is aimed at solving these problems.

4. Brief plan of project activities:

- creation of content layouts for web modules and integration of modules on a single platform; creation of a learning management system; creation of local IT structures;
- definition of specific topics of the module; creation of a pilot module; creation of web modules and textbooks for core curriculum and research methods; translation of web modules from the main curriculum and research methods into Russian;
- completion of the definition of specific topics of modules; creation of web modules and textbooks for the methodology and practice of teaching elective courses; translation of web modules on methodology, practice and optional courses into Russian;
- discussion of common standards and approval of methodological parameters; meeting of the coordination group "Assessment"; development of an assessment process; evaluation of web modules; evaluation of the training on working with web modules; assessment of the implementation of web modules in current courses; external assessment;
- creation of a web page, a platform for the exchange of materials; printing of textbooks; continuous dissemination of results during and after project implementation (working reports, evaluations, articles); meeting of the coordination group "Accreditation"; a final conference with the participation of external partners, experts and stakeholders; information days (including workshops and seminars).
- conducting training on IT with partners; meeting of the coordination group "Training"; development of a concept and platform for training teachers to work with web modules; training teachers to work with web modules; implementation of web modules in current courses.

5. Expected results:

- Created IT structures for the development of online training modules.
- Organized local IT structures.
- Web modules are integrated into a single platform.
- Implemented the development of the information content of the modules.
- Implemented translation of modules into Azerbaijani and Russian languages.
- A system for evaluating modules, trainings and their implementation has been developed.
- Implemented internal and external dissemination of project results, online modules and tutorial.
- New cooperation agreements have been signed.
- Trained IT staff and trainers to work with online modules.

6. Consortium composition:

  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  • University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • University of Pisa, Italy
  • Brest State University named after A.S. Pushkin, Belarus
  • Belarusian State University, Belarus
  • Minsk State Linguistic University, Belarus
  • Public Association of German Language Teachers, Belarus
  • Belarusian Association of English Teachers, Belarus
  • Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Belarus
  • Suffolk University Campus, UK
  • Nakhichevan Private University, Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan University of Languages, Azerbaijan
  • Baku Institute for Advanced Studies and Retraining of Pedagogical Personnel, Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan Association of English Teachers, Azerbaijan
  • Dalarna University College, Sweden

Amount of funding for BSU: 114,042, 416 euros

Contact person for the project: Vladimir Tikhonov, International Relations Department, Director of the Center for German Studies, tel. 209-59-90, email the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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