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European Language Teachers Assessment and Certification Scheme
Start date: Dec 1, 2009,

Collected evidence from a needs analysis, surveys of schemes of certification, and the local knowledge of the partners demonstrate that there is no available European-wide certificate in teaching languages to adults with applicability to any language, to teachers without formal qualifications, or to those working in informal structures. A proven successful existing model is available for wider dissemination, and the proposed ELTACS outcomes will put in place an innovative teacher training scheme with complementary certification for teacher trainers. ELTACS products will use three complementary media: print, web and software, each with individual viability, all available in eight languages, serving as exemplars for users in other languages. Dissemination will be by the wide range of participating partners and associates from the state and private sectors. The results will effect a change in the professionalism and status of the teachers of languages in LLL. The positive impact of the ELTACS project includes enhanced employability, facilitation of mobility, and opportunities to gain a recognised qualification. Educators and policy and decision makers will be aware of a scheme which contributes to the LLL programme by combatting racism, prejudice and xenophobia. ELTACS will put this into effect through products including a training manual, materials for learners, a website, and exemplary testing materials, all with a recognised certification system for teachers and trainers. The methodology suits the objectives of the project, focusing on the involvement of the end users at all stages of the project with equal chances of participation to all partners. The scheduling is realistic. Milestones in project progress are clearly specified, and the different work packages succeed each other naturally. The quality assurance plan and the strategy for its implementation are designed to ensure the achievement of project objectives on time, to budget, and to a high quality standard.
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