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Train Teachers for Mainstream Literacy Education
Start date: Dec 1, 2008,

The proposal considers new qualification needs for teachers affected by policy shiftsfrom a „compartmentalised“ concept of second languages (SL) teaching to immigrantpupils to an „inclusive education“ in which SL education is seen as an integral part of ageneralised and common curriculum process, i.e. mainstreamed SL literacy education.A mainstreamed SL literacy education demands changes in the teacher educationcurriculum. All teachers need qualifications regarding the work with ethnic and linguisticminority pupils. At present, none of the Member States have a general teachereducation curriculum addressing these needs.The objective of the project is to improve the pre- and in-service training of all teachersfor their work with immigrant pupils by elaborating a competence-based European CoreCurriculum for teacher education and national adaptations.The main outputs will be:? the European Core Curriculum, its national adaptations, the European manualand its national adaptations;? Needs Analysis Reports on the countries involved.The material will be published by various means, including: print and web-basedpublications, a web-based databank including all relevant material produced in theparticipating countries, and abroad as well as the material produced by the project.The project shall generate general changes in teacher education. By creatingnational/regional Teacher Education Partnerships (TEPs) involving teacher pre-serviceand in-service education institutions, schools and education authorities in the project’swork, it will be possible to change teacher education programmes, state examinationstandards and facilitate the mainstreaming of the project’s proposals.
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