European Network of Language Teachers Associations (REAL)

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(October 2006 - December 2007)

We take great pleasure in introducing the REAL project.
REAL is the French acronym for the European Network of Associations of Language Teachers.
The aim of the project is to study the feasibility of organising a pan-European network of associations of language teachers.

Partners

The REAL team is made up of the following organisations and associations

Context

The REAL project brings together language teacher associations of many different shapes and sizes.  What they have in common is the desire to promote linguistic diversity and the teaching of languages, and to support language teachers. 

REAL has grown out of the simple fact that, on the one hand, education authorities, European policies and teachers of modern languages in the very centre of the EU, are not working together. However, the European Commission is now moving towards a more active linguistic policy, as demonstrated by the recent appointment of a Commissioner for Multilingualism. As a consequence the Commission is very open to all suggestions made by teachers in the field. In order for these suggestions to be made efficiently,  a clearly identifiable platform is needed.
On the other hand, recent studies show that within Europe the teaching of modern foreign languages is evolving in a common direction but according to very differing methodologies. Associations would therefore have a lot to discuss and learn from each other as they work towards common ideals. 

Aims

The REAL partnership is working towards the creation of a European network of language teacher associations. We firmly believe that such a group would have numerous advantages, both for education authorities and for associations of language teachers.
Associations are in an ideal position to make speedy and efficient contact, via their members and activities, with teachers in the field. Potentially, they can have a very real impact on the quality of language teaching in Europe. 

Principal expectations

This network would enable associations to:

  • share good teaching practice and discuss new ideas
  • share information about how our associations work and learn from one another
  • keep teachers up-to-date with what is happening in language learning in Europe both at a political level and with regard to methodology
  • act together to influence policy at national and European level
  • promote multilingualism and support cultural diversity
  • make contacts with other networks both inside and outside the European Union

Activities

Research of associations
In the first phase of the project we have tried to identify and contact as many associations of language teachers as possible.
A paper, to be produced in Autumn 2007, will present the data gathered during this research period and will lead the way for future development.

Meeting
The final meeting of the REAL project took place on the 17th and 18th September 2007 at CIEP.  This meeting was attended by representatives from all the countries involved and the decision was made to continue the project according to the various suggestions made by the participants.

If you have never heard of REAL, contact us and take part in our project

To be involved you must:

  • be an association of language teachers
  • be based in one of the member states of the EU or of EFTA (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland)

Our address: real@ciep.fr

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