teacher to teacher of languages
or transfer of comprehension from one language to another
In October 1997 the Spanish national Socrates office arranged
a partner finding seminar in Salamanca in order to motivate
seminar participants to establish networks and to initiate
project ideas related to the teaching of foreign languages
in teacher training. One of these networks designed Intercomprehension
in Language Teacher Education (ILTE), a three-year project
involving six partner institutions in six European countries:
England, and Norway,
with the Portuguese institution as coordinator.
Norway was represented by Østfold University
College, Faculty of Education, with a team consisting of two
faculty teachers (one in English and one in pedagogy) and
three mentors and school teachers (two in primary school and
one in lower secondary school).
The Norwegian partner's motivation for participating
in the network was among other things an ambition to establish
links between new signals in the national curriculum guidelines
for compulsory education and the notion of intercomprehension,
as discussed and defined by the network.
The present report discusses how teacher training modules
based on intercomprehension ideas have been developed. The
report has a past and a future orientation: the past orientation
has to do with several experiments in primary and lower secondary
school designed to assess approaches and activities that address
intercomprehension in the classroom, the future orientation
has to do with the modules which have been devised as a consequence
and which are currently being tested.
The ideas presented are meant to motivate teacher trainers
and school teachers to think of the teaching of foreign languages
in a broader perspective than what has traditionally been
the case among most foreign language teachers. Hopefully this
report will also initiate discussion of what it actually can
mean to teach a foreign language. From language teacher
to teacher of languages can thus be seen both as a slogan
and as a goal for the ideas presented in this report.
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ILTE project - ideas, definition, aim