Along the Conference Trails of the Slovenian Team

Where: Koper, Slovenia
When: 12 April 2019
Conference title: Multilingual Higher Education: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices”
Presentation title: LSP Teacher Training in the EHEA: multilingual, English, or largely absent?

Quality teaching in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has become an issue of importance, but learning to teach remains too often neglected. This is a matter of particular concern for teachers and learners of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) in higher education institutions that do not lead to degrees in languages. Importantly, general language teacher courses only rarely address the specific domain of LSP teaching. Since LSP is in direct relationship with the world of work, it is assumed to play a key role in the creation of multilingual and mobile citizens. However, most LSP teachers teach LSP courses without any initial training. As a result, eight project partners, led by the University of Bordeaux, have initiated an Erasmus+ project entitled TRAILs: LSP Teacher Training Summer School. The primary focus of this project is placed on LSP teacher training and skills development to promote high quality and innovative teaching. The TRAILs project consists of the following phases: review of existing LSP higher education teacher training programmes in different European countries and identification of good educational practices; identification of teachers’ needs based on LSP teachers’ interviews; identification of gaps between the provision of LSP teacher training and teachers’ needs, definition of training objectives, topic areas and outcomes of the TRAILs Summer School; design of a programme for LSP teacher training, implementation, organization and evaluation of a pilot summer school for pre-service and in-service LSP teachers. The present paper will report on the results of TRAILs Intellectual Output 1: analysis and identification of LSP teacher training programmes in the EHEA. More specifically, the analysis will cover the following aspects: LSP trained for, entry requirements, outcomes, syllabi, learning and teaching methodologies, assessment methods, ICT, reference books and other reference materials, and forms of practical training, among others.


Where: Padua, Italy
When: 10 to 12 July 2019
Conference title: Mediating Specialized Knowledge: Challenges and Opportunities for LSP Communication and Research
Presentation title: The Needs of LSP Teachers in the EHEA

Quality teaching in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has become an issue of importance, but learning to teach remains too often neglected. This is a matter of particular concern for teachers and learners of Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) in higher education institutions that do not lead to degrees in languages. Importantly, general language teacher courses only rarely address the specific domain of LSP teaching. If the target language competence, language awareness, knowledge of the language as a system, and pedagogical skills set are the core dimensions of the professional language competence of teachers of foreign languages for general purposes (Trappes-Lomax 2002; Richards 2010), the LSP teachers have different core and secondary training needs. However, most LSP teachers teach LSP courses without any initial training. As a result, eight project partners, led by the University of Bordeaux, have embarked on an Erasmus+ project entitled TRAILs: LSP Teacher Training Summer School.

The primary focus of this project is placed on LSP teacher training and skills development to promote high quality and innovative teaching.The TRAILs project consists of the following phases: review of existing LSP higher education teacher training programmes in different European countries and identification of good educational practices; identification of LSP teachers’ needs based on quantitative and qualitative data derived through questionnaires and interviews; identification of gaps between the provision of LSP teacher training and teachers’ needs; definition of training objectives, topic areas and outcomes of the TRAILs Summer School; design of a programme for LSP teacher training; implementation, organisation and evaluation of a pilot summer school for pre-service and in-service LSP teachers. The present paper will report on the results of the quantitative part of TRAILs Intellectual Output 2: identification of LSP teachers’ needs based on quantitative data derived through a questionnaire. More specifically, the analysis will cover the following core aspects: LSP teacher data, pre-service and in-service LSP training received, if any, and LSP teacher training needs.


Where: London, UK
When: 12 to 13 September 2019
Conference title: Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education
Presentation title: LSP Teachers‘ Needs Seen through Qualitative Data

LSP teachers’ needs seen through qualitative data Dr Saša Podgoršek, Dr Violeta Jurkovič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia This paper presents some preliminary findings of the Erasmus+ project “LSP Teacher Training Summer School” (TRAILs), which aims to develop an innovative LSP teacher training curriculum.

The TRAILs project consists of the following phases: review of existing HE LSP teacher training programmes in different European countries and identification of good educational practices; identification of teachers’ needs based on quantitative and qualitative data; identification of gaps between the provision of LSP teacher training and teachers’ needs; definition of training objectives, topic areas, and outcomes of the LSP Teacher Training Summer School; design of a programme for LSP teacher training; implementation, organisation, and evaluation of a pilot summer school for preservice and in-service LSP teachers. The data presented in this paper will be drawn from interviews conducted with in-service LSP teachers to explore their training needs.


Where: Split, Croatia (the conference postponed to September 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak)
When: 16 to 18 April 2020
Conference title: Linguistic and Extralinguistic in Interaction
Presentation title: TRAILs: LSP Teacher Development – from Needs Analysis to Innovative Curriculum Design

Quality teaching in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has become an issue of importance, but learning to teach remains too often neglected. In fact, most LSP teachers teach LSP courses without any initial training. As a result, eight project partners, led by the University of Bordeaux, have embarked on an Erasmus+ project entitled TRAILs: LSP Teacher Training Summer School. The primary focus of this project is placed on LSP teacher development to promote high quality and innovative teaching. The TRAILs project consists of the following steps: review of existing LSP higher education teacher training programmes in different European countries and identification of good educational practices; identification of LSP teachers’ needs based on quantitative and qualitative data derived through questionnaires and interviews; identification of gaps between the provision of LSP teacher training and teachers’ needs; definition of training objectives, topic areas and outcomes of the TRAILs Summer School; design of a programme for LSP teacher training; and implementation, organisation and evaluation of a pilot summer school for pre-service and in-service LSP teachers. The present paper will first illustrate the main results of each project step and then focus on the presentation of the learning outcomes and objectives of a segment of the LSP teacher training summer school that will take place in Zagreb, Croatia.

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