TELLConsult invited to do the external evaluation of EU project PETALL
As TELLConsult was invited to be the external evaluator in the EU project 'Pan European Task Activities for Language Learning' (PETALL) we attended the project's kick-off meeting, early July at Faro University, Portugal.
In his presentation the project coordinator, Antonio Lopes, summarised the project as follows:
PETALL is an LLP transversal KA2 project, funded by the European Commission that aims to encourage the use of ICT-based tasks in the language classroom. It seeks to provide examples of good practices in technology-mediated TBLT (Task based language teaching) that can be easily used in different languages and educational contexts.
The consortium is composed of 10 tandems, each tandem formed by a teacher training department and a junior or senior high school.
Its objectives are to encourage collaborative work between teachers in different countries and teacher trainers by setting up regional networks for the development of ICT-based tasks to:
- to facilitate the access to technology-mediated tasks that travel well, securing the quality of the communicative exchange across cultural and geographic divides;
- to promote mutual understanding and awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity through ICT-based TBLT;
- to enhance the quality of teacher education in technology-mediated TBLT;
- to develop the teachers’ digital competence.
To achieve these ends teacher training departments work together with secondary schools and experienced tandems work together with less experienced tandems, so as to create a transfer of the expertise.
A geographical balance of partners from the North-West, the North-East, the South-East and South-West of Europe was sought.
Each tandem forms a ‘triangle’ with two other tandems from neighbouring, where possible contiguous, countries, so that a process of triangulation can take place.
As requested I contributed a project SWOT analysis
on the basis of the application and the experiences many of the current partners shared in the ETALAGE project.
The meeting was concluded with a most interesting guided cultural tour and final dinner in Tavira, a popular tourist resort near Faro.