Background to EPOSTL

This website results from a project run within the ECML's (European Centre for Modern Languages) Empowering Language Professionals programme entitled "Using the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages".

Abstract of the project

In the second medium-term programme The European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL) was produced by a team of six authors. The EPOSTL is a document intended for students undergoing their initial teacher education which encourages them to reflect on the didactic knowledge and skills necessary to teach languages, helps them to assess their own didactic competences and enables them to monitor their progress and to record their experiences of teaching during the course of their teacher education. In the third medium-term programme a follow-up project, which will follow a modular structure, will focus on four principle areas: building up a network structure for dissemination; structured piloting of the EPOSTL in teacher-education institutes; compilation of case studies of how the EPOSTL can be implemented; modes of using the EPOSTL for curriculum development in teacher education. In addition, activities held in connection with the EPOSTL will be monitored and documented.

The project team

David Newby

David Newby: Coordinator
Karl-Franzens Universität Graz
Institute of English Studies

Anne Britt Fenner

Anne Britt Fenner 
University of Bergen
Sylvia Velikova Sylvia Velikova 
St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo
Barry Lee Jones

Barry Lee Jones
University of Cambridge
Faculty of Education


The EPOSTL publication and website result from the work of an international network established within one of the ECML projects. We would like to thank all who worked on EPOSTL, in particular the project coordination team for their motivation and active involvement.



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