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EUROLTA - The European Certificate
in Language Teaching to Adults
by Mandy Jore
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The ICC Teacher Training Framework defines objectives, aims and procedures for teacher training as well as assessment criteria for certification at two levels: Level One and Level Two. Level two is available in a general and a VOLL version.

Level One

Level One training is intended primarily as pre- and early in-service training.

  • It provides the trainees with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, run and evaluate language learning events independently within a given institutional context and a given course framework.
  • It will enable them to reflect on and evaluate their performance as language teachers in order to look for improved procedures for day-to-day teaching situations.

Core components of Level One training programmes are

  • drawing up lesson plans
  • detailed preparation of particular teaching sequences or activities
  • reflection on specific teaching techniques or activities
  • focused self-observation of a teaching sequence with subsequent evaluation
  • focused class-observation (live or video) with subsequent evaluation
  • observation and analysis of an adult learner group
  • analysis of teaching/learning material
  • adapting tasks for specific groups of learners
  • a teaching sequence conducted by the trainee and observed by a trainer with sub-sequent analysis.

The form and length of a training programme is determined by the training institution. However, the amount of time to be devoted to the training programme is likely to be a minimum of 100 hours.

Level Two

Level two general involves a deepening of knowledge in the same content areas as level one, enabling the trainee to work more independently.

For example in level one the trainee adapts material to work in a given institutional context in level two the trainee is able to produce a course plan and write course materials.

Level two VOLL involves drawing up course plans and adapting tasks to cater for the specific language needs of occupational / professional individuals.

The Training Institutions

The ICC Framework allows for various forms of delivery of the training programmes according to different regional traditions, contexts and conditions.

The organisational form, the duration of the training and the support systems offered to trainees are defined by the organisations running such schemes.

However, they will conform to the principles expressed in this Framework document, i.e. they will

  • subscribe to the overall aims stated.
  • adhere to the methodological principles stated
  • refer to the content areas and the objectives specified.

Why is certification necessary?

Because it allows teachers to illustrate their competence.

Why should you use Eurolta?

Because it is European-wide.

Because it is recognised by all member organisations of the ICC - and some other institutions as well. Teachers with this qualification will be given priority when applying for employment.

Because it aids mobility - the ICC has forty members in sixteen countries.


Mandy Jore, EUROLTA, Rue Fausse Cave 1, B-5032 Gembloux.

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