V-PAL - Video-based Peer Practice Among Language Teachers
If we are to talk about V-PAL in short, we can say, that V-PAL provides a platform and know-how for language teachers in adult education to produce, share and peer-review hand-held videos of their own teaching practices as a method for strengthening their teaching skills.
But nevertheless, if you'd like to find out about our project in more detail, the concept behind, its aims, and proposed outcomes you can find them below.
Language teaching of adults is currently of high demand in Europe; in 2002 the "mother-tongue-plus-two" strategy was launched, which plea all Europeans to know at least two foreign languages and since 2015, the increased arrival of refugees and migrants have resulted in bigger classes for national language teaching. Yet, the language teachers' opportunities for up qualification in order to overcome the new demands, have not followed the development i.e. due to national policies, market mechanisms and financial underprioritizing.
This project: "Videobased Peer Practice Among Language Teachers" (V-PAL) addresses the growing need for competence development among language teachers. It will develop an online learning community among European language teachers that exchange teaching methodologies through short videos and give feedback on them.
The main target group is language teachers, who teach adults in either the national language of the host country or in foreign languages. The secondary target group is the course-participants, who are expected to benefit from the language teachers' increased awareness of their teaching methodologies and improved teaching-competences.
The project aims to:
- extend and develop the language teachers' teaching methodologies
- facilitate access to a professional learning community consisting of language teachers across Europe
- increase the language teachers' awareness and reflections of their didactic approach (planning of the course in relation to learning goal and method)
- improve communicative skills through the technical and practical process of developing short videos and sharing them with colleagues
To accomplish this, the project will develop:
1. A Videobased Peer Practice training course that focuses on teaching methodologies and video-recording. Thus, how to make a script of the video, the technical set-up and editing, and the importance of identifying the learning goal of the course as well as reflecting on the outcome of the method.
2. A V-PAL platform that will serve as the online meeting point for the teachers, where they can upload their videos and give feedback to the other teachers' videos in a blog- post.
3. A handbook that will function as a manual on how to develop a script, record the videos, upload them on the V-PAL platform and give constructive feedback. A short introduction movie will be made in order to visualize the material of the handbook.
4. An evaluation that will focus on the user-experiences and learning potential of the V-PAL methodology, hereby making it possible to improve V-PAL before the dissemination.
Aside from these tangible outcomes, the project will also host three Teacher Training Events (two online and one face-to-face) in order to train the language teachers in the V-PAL methodology. The first online event will focus on how to give specific attention to didactic and teaching methodologies in relation to video recording. The second Teacher Training Event will be face-to-face and train the teachers in video production and feedback initiatives through hands-on experiences. The third online event will follow up on the teachers' experiences, obstacles and success with V-PAL.
The project develops a learning platform, a handbook and a short video that will remain available to use for five years after the project period. This is expected to expand the network of language teachers. An effective dissemination plan will secure that the project results will be spread to relevant language centers and other national and international educational institutions. Finally, the course-participants i.e. refugees, migrants, early school drop-outs and unemployed, are expected to benefit from the teachers' up qualifications in the daily teaching session.
The V-PAL is a strategic partnership, and comprises 6 partner organizations from Denmark, Spain, Germany, Romania and Cyprus. The project runs for 24 months, between the 1st of September 2018 and the 31st of August 2020, and it is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme.