This book presents the European language teacher of tomorrow. It deals with recent trends and future developments in the training of second language teachers in Europe. Based on an EU-commissioned study of thirty-two countries, the book sets out the current provision of language teacher training across the age phases. Both pre-service and in-service teacher training is covered. Fifteen case studies of invation and good practice are also presented. This detail is used to provide a needs analysis of training, on the basis of which a series of policy-orientated recommendations is developed. Finally, a professional profile of the European language teacher is constructed which lists the likely range of training and experience of tomorrow's teachers. These features are described in terms of organisation, content and structure. The book is framed by coverage of the contextual background to the study, both in terms of national priorities and EU policies, and a theoretical consideration of the issues in language teacher training.
The Authors: Michael Grenfell is a Reader in Language in Education and Director of Research at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Southampton. He previously taught in England, Sweden and France. He is an active researcher on second language learning and teaching and has published extensively on teacher training, learning strategies, bilingualism, and communicative language teaching methodology, as well as French culture and society. Michael Kelly is Professor of French at the University of Southampton and Director of the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. He is a member of the Nuffield Languages Programme and was a member of the government group to advise on a National Languages Strategy for England. He is Secretary of the European Language Council and leads a project on curriculum innovation for the Thematic Network in Languages within the Socrates programme. He has published extensively in the areas of French cultural and intellectual history, and on policy in language teaching and learning. Diana Jones is a Research Assistant in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. She holds a doctorate in French Studies, specialising in postcolonial literature and discourse. She is currently researching trends in language provision in the UK and Europe.