EUROLTA - The European
in Language Teaching to Adults
by Mandy Jore
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 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
- drawing up lesson plans
- detailed preparation of particular teaching
sequences or activities
- reflection on specific teaching techniques
- 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
- 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 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
- refer to the content areas and the objectives
Why is certification necessary?
Because it allows teachers to illustrate their
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.
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