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CoMoLTE Partners

 

Areas of Expertise

 

 

 

University of Munich:

Institute of German as a Foreign Language

 

The Institute contributes to the collaborative Tempus project in manifold ways by completing the following tasks:

 

• Coordinating the project at the administrative and financial level

 

• Organizing a project kick-off meeting in Munich

 

• Leading and serving as the steering committee for work packages 1 and 3 relating to project management and content development

 

• Setting up and maintaining the Tempus CoMoLTE website

 

• Developing content for the project in its areas of expertise including foreign language acquisition and cognitive aspects of language processing, cultural and intercultural competence, xenology, key competences, and testing skills

 

• Contributing to the development of a concept for training instructors on the implementation and successful facilitation of the project’s web-based teaching modules

 

• Organizing and facilitating IT-trainings planned in Baku and Minsk to ensure the successful set-up of the local IT-structures needed for administering the learning management system used to offer the online modules

 

 

 

University of Groningen: Department of Applied Linguistics

 

The University of Groningen is represented in CoMoLTE by the Department of Applied Linguistics that is part of the Faculty of Arts. The Department offers an MA program dedicated to applied linguistics and teaching English (or any other language) as a foreign language. The program is taught by a team of internationally renowned scholars who have written several textbooks in the field.

 

The Department's roles for the CoMoLTE project include:

 

Creating web-based content modules in its areas of expertise, such as the theory of foreign language acquisition, psychology, psycho-linguistics, bilingualism, language pedagogy, creation, selection and evaluation of content, curriculum design and research methods

 

Creating high-quality multimedia materials such as videotaped lectures with accompanying PowerPoint presentations, handouts or assessment activities

 

Participating in the task force "evaluation"

 

Contributing to the publication of accompanying course books

 

 

 

University of Pisa: Department of Philologic, Literature and Linguistic Studies

 

The Department of Philologic, Literature and Linguistic Studies of the University of Pisa plays a leading role in researching foreign language acquisition and the theories and methodology of foreign language teaching as well as in coordinating several international programs.

 

The Departments active contribution to the CoMoLTE project includes:

 

• Leading the development of content related to language skills

 

• Contributing to the development of content on topics such as linguistics, grammar models, language universals, syntax, lexicon, phonetics and contrastive linguistics as well as cultural and intercultural competence, xenology and key competences

 

• Contributing to editing the course books

• Providing support to the participating teacher associations (AzETA, DLGV and BelNATE) by sharing organizational expertise

 

 

 

 

Brest State University named after A.S. Pushkin: Foreign Languages Department

 

There are more than 500 students at the Foreign Languages Department of BrSU. The structure of the University includes Pinsk College in which both English and German are taught. There are two main specialities at Foreign Languages Department: English and German languages and Modern foreign languages including Computer Linguistics. The Faculty cooperates actively with regional educational institutions as potential employers and also participates in the Tempus Project in the field of education management.

 

As a part of the Tempus CoMoLTE project the Department is responsible for the following tasks:

 

• Leading the development of content relating to didactics, creation, selection and justification of content and curriculum design

 

• Contributing to the development of content of skills in linguistics, grammar models, language universals, syntax, lexicon, phonetics, contrastive linguistics as well as language

• Participating in the "Accreditation" task force in order to work out the formal aspects required for the implementation of the developed web-based modules in Belarus

• Participating in training of instructors on the implementation of web-based modules that will be offered on live courses at BrSU

• Leading and serving as the steering committee for work package 7 relating to “dissemination”

 

 

 

 

Belarusian State University:

Institute for German Studies

• Department of German Linguistics

• Department of English Linguistics

 

The three departments/institutes representing BSU in the Tempus project possess a wide range of knowledge and experiences in many of the project areas.

 

The Institute for German Studies focuses on offering exchange- and education programs, especially advanced training in the field of linguistic education. By developing and initiating international education programs, the institute has become a major gateway for all faculties of BSU as well as all other universities in Belarus to international cooperation.

 

The members of the Departments of German and English Linguistics possess a great deal of experience and knowledge in curriculum design, organizing scientific-practical seminars, publishing school textbooks and scientific articles.

 

BSU’s main responsibilities for the project include:

 

• Coordinating the development of specific content related to linguistics, contrastive linguistics, didactics, curriculum design and testing skills

 

• Maintaining the Web-based courses and administer them centrally in Belarus

 

• Leading and serving as the steering committee for work package 2 relating to “IT-Development”

 

• Participating in the task force "accreditation" in order to support the development of a formal framework for the implementation of the developed modules in Belarus and Azerbaijan

 

• Organizing the 1. platform meeting and the 2. meeting for the task force "accreditation"

 

• Hosting the trainings on the use of the Web-based modules for all Belarussian partners

 

• Implementing the Web-based modules in live courses at BSU

 

• Disseminating the results of the project by organizing “information days” in forms of workshops or seminars

 

 

 

 

Minsk State Linguistics University:

School of English

 

As part of the Tempus CoMoLTE project, the MSLU team performs the following tasks:

 

• Leading the development of content related to literature, linguistics, and language for special purposes and providing content on class management and research methods

 

• Participating in the task force "evaluation" which supervises and evaluates the successful attainment of the project outcomes in the main project areas “content of the modules”, “training of instructors in the use of the web-based modules” as well as “implementation of the modules in real running courses”

 

• Attending training on the implementation of Web-based modules and implementing the Web-based modules in live courses

 

• Developing the set of criteria needed for the implementation of the modules in Belarus and Azerbaijan

 

• Disseminating the results of the project by organizing “information days” in forms of workshops and seminars

 

 

 

 

Association of Teachers of German Language and German Studies

 

The Association of Teachers of German Language and German Studies in Minsk is a member of the International Association of Teachers of German. The fundamental objectives of the association include to promote German language and culture, to strengthen the position of the German language within the diversity of foreign languages, to improve quality standards for teaching German as a foreign language and German studies in Minsk and to encourage international cultural cooperation between the teachers of German from Belarus and other countries.

 

As member of the Tempus CoMoLTE project, DLGV completes the following tasks:

 

• Leading the development of content pertaining to class management including online instruction and key competences

 

• Ccontributing to the development of content on linguistics, grammar models, language universals, syntax, lexicon, phonetics, contrastive linguistics, and classroom observation, analysis and practice

 

• Participating in the task force "training" which develops and implements a concept for training instructors on the use of the web-based modules

 

• Participating in training of instructors on the use of web-based modules

 

• Implementing the web-based modules as continuing education offerings for teachers affiliated with DLGV and other professional organisations

• Disseminating the results of the project by organizing “information days” in forms of workshops and seminars for practicing professional / teachers

 

 

 

Belarusian Association of Teachers of English

 

BelNATE unites teachers of English at all types of educational institutions in the Republic of Belarus and aims at providing assistance to its members in keeping their knowledge of the subject area and methodology of teaching English as a foreign language up-to-date.

 

Relying on their practice-related expertise, BelNATE members of the CoMoLTE project contribute to the project by

 

• Participating in content development pertaining to class management, including online instruction and key competences, classroom observation, analysis and practice, literature and language for special purposes

 

• Participate in the task force "training" which develops and implements a concept for training instructors on the use of the web-based modules

 

• Participating in the training on the use of the web-based modules and implementing the web-based modules as continuing education offerings for teachers affiliated with BelNATE and other professional organisations

 

• Disseminating the results of the project by organizing “information days” in form of workshops and seminars

 

 

 

Ministry of Education of Republic of Belarus

 

The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus pursues governmental policies in the field of education and it is subordinate to the Council of Ministers.

 

Due to its wide-ranging experience in the field of curriculum development in higher education systems and its extensive knowledge about the accreditation processes, the Education Ministry of Belarus plays a leading role in two task forces of the Tempus CoMoLTE project:

 

• it is involved in the task force "accreditation" providing advice to the participating universities on formal criteria of the implementation of the web-based modules in Belarus and Azerbaijan, and it supports the corresponding working processes

• it actively participates in the task force “evaluation” with the main focus on content evaluation of the web-based modules, instructor training and the module implementation in real live courses at the partner universities

 

 

 

University Campus Suffolk: Department of Arts and Humanities / Division Humanities

 

The Devesion of Humanities participating in the CoMoLTE project offers an Honours degree in English with main focus on Learning English, Textual Studies and Intercultural Communications as course components. In addition several faculty members have international research profiles in English including the field of corpus linguistics.

 

Owing to their expertise in corpus linguistics and research issues, the members of UCS involved in the Tempus CoMoLTE project contribute to the project by

 

• Leading the development of content on research methods

 

• Ccontributing to content creation pertaining to history, literature, linguistics, measurement of communicative competence, language for special purposes, resources for teaching, document retrieval and management

 

• Contributing to editing the course books together with the University of Pisa

 

 

 

Nakhchivan University

 

Two faculties are available at NU: the Pedagogical Faculty with 7 specialities and the Faculty of Economy with 8 specialities.

 

Teaching and assessment activities at the University are conducted based on the system of European Credit Transfer. The University leads in preparing English speaking specialists in the region and due to this it enables its graduates to work in many different countries around the world.

 

The specific members of NU participate in the Tempus CoMoLTE project by completing the following tasks:

 

• Leading the development of content on resources for teaching, document retrieval and management

 

• Contributing to content development in the fields of cultural and intercultural competence, xenology, key competences, and language skills

• Participating in task force "accreditation" which aims to develop the formal criteria for the implementation of the developed web-based modules in Belarus and Azerbaijan

• Supporting participation of project members and other colleagues from NPU in training on the use of the web-based modules scheduled to take place in Baku

 

• Desseminating the results of the project by organizing “information days” in form of workshops and seminars

 

• Contributing to the translation of the web-based modules into Azerbaijani

 

 

 

Azerbaijan University of Languages

 

AUL offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Interpreting and Translation, International Relations and Regional Studies. Ten languages are taught at the University through the above-mentioned study programs. Under the partnership with SOROS, it established an Academic Reading and Writing Center for training language teachers. It has also designed a summer intensive Azerbaijani language program for US students under the US State Department funded National Security Language Initiative. In 2005 AUL transferred to credit system for all of its degree programs. AUL is a member of Alliance of Universities for Democracy and European University Association and maintains partnership relations with a number of Universities and education associations in EU, USA, Middle East, Turkey and South Asia.

 

Members of the AUL Tempus team contribute to the CoMoLTE project by performing the following tasks:

 

• Leading the development of content pertaining to testing skills, linguistics, grammar models, and languages for special purposes

 

• Maintaining the web-based courses and administering them centrally in AZ

 

• Leading the task force "evaluation" which supervises and evaluates the proper attainment of the project outcomes in the areas of content development for the web-based modules, trainings for instructors and implementation of the modules

 

• Contributing to the establishment of a formal framework for the accreditation of the developed modules in BY and AZ

 

• Organizing several meetings and trainings on the modules for all project members in AZ

• Participating in the trainings and implementing the modules in live courses

• Disseminating the project results by organizing “information days” in form of workshops and seminars

 

 

 

 

Baku In-service Teacher Training and Retraining Institute

 

BITTRI’s main responsibility is the education of in-service and pre-service teachers in Azerbaijan. The Institute is involved in developing in-service training for not only secondary school teachers in various subjects, but also for foreign language teachers.

 

Members of the BITTRI CoMoLTE team are responsible for the following tasks as part of the project:

 

• Leading the development of content on classroom observation, analysis and practice

 

• Contributing to content development in the areas of didactics, creation, selection and justification of content, curriculum design, and class management, including online instruction and key competences

 

• Lading the task force "training" which aims to develop and implement a training concept for the web-based modules for instructors

• Participating in the training on the use of the web-based modules and implementing the web-based modules as continuing education offerings for teachers in the work force

 

• Disseminating the project results by organizing “ information days” in form of workshops, and seminars

 

 

 

Azerbaijan English Teachers' Association

 

The Mission of the Association is to provide support for high quality education in ELT and professional development of English teachers of the country. AzETA has a strategy of supporting ELT through different activities: teacher training, materials development, study tours, conversation groups, workshops, etc. Unlike support to one or two individual institutions, this strategy enables AzETA to assist the professional development of teachers of secondary schools and universities throughout Azerbaijan both in public and private sectors.

 

Members of the AzETA Tempus team contribute to the project by

 

• Participating in the development of content pertaining to resources for teaching, document retrieval and management, class management, incl. online instruction, classroom observation, analysis and practice

 

• Leading the work for work package 4 related to content development

 

• Participating in task force "training" which aims to develop and implement a training concept for educating interested instructor in the use of the web-based modules in their own courses

• Participating in trainings on the web-based modules

 

• Supporting the professional development of English teachers in the country

• Disseminating the project results by organizing information days and seminars on the developed web-based modules

 

• Implementing some of the modules as continuous education offerings for people already in the work force

 

 

 

 

Dalarna University: Language Department

 

Dalarna University is one of Sweden’s newest universities with more than 15 000 students from all parts of Sweden and from all parts of the world. The University introduced web-based online courses some years ago and as a result expanded greatly. Currently, the university is home to one of Sweden’s largest language departments and offers language courses online in 11 languages from beginner to advanced level, as well as BA and MA programmes. The university also offers web-based teacher education in English, German, Spanish and French.

 

The Language Department at DU, which participates in the CoMoLTE project, is a dynamic and growing department. Its instructors have a wealth of experience and linguistic expertise, as well as a collection of different cultural backgrounds.

 

The main responsibilities of the DU CoMoLTE team include:

 

• Leading the development of content pertaining to cultural/ intercultural competence, hermeneutics, and literature

 

• Contributing to development of content on foreign language acquisition, cognitive aspects of language processing and language skills

 

• Leading the task force "training" which aims to develop and implement a training concept on the use of the web-based modules for instructors

 

• Advising the teacher associations in BY and AZ on implementing the modules as continuous education offerings for people in the work force

• Serving as the steering committee and leading the activities of Work Package 7 related to implementation of web-based modules and organizing the third meeting of the steering committee

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