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Erasmus+ is a Europe-wide fund to support and encourage the mobility of teachers, students and other adults. Erasmus+ funding offers primary and secondary teachers, of languages or any other subject, the opportunity to attend language courses at all levels, from beginner to advanced, in language schools across Europe. Funding covers travel, course fees, accommodation and food.
Applications must be made by the school rather than the individual teacher and demonstrate how the opportunity would sit within medium-term objectives of the school as well as in line with Erasmus+ objectives. More information on how a school can register with the programme is below. The closing date for applications is around the end of January each year. Projects are then given approval by May/June of the same year and can start within a few days. Funding should be applied for under Key Action 1.
LFEE Europe has been a Course Provider since 2002, delivering expert professional development training for teachers. Based in Edinburgh, LFEE Europe’s teaching team consists of French native speakers who are all experienced and fully qualified teachers and are committed to promoting French language and culture throughout Europe. Our French Immersion Courses take place in Lyon and Salignac, and our Spanish Immersion Courses take place in Málaga. Both are supported by the British Council (UK), Léargas (Republic of Ireland), and other European Agencies under Erasmus+ (KA1) European funding programme. For more information, email us.
Malaca Instituto is an award winning School of Spanish and is widely recognised amongst its peers to be one of the leading language schools. Dedicated to the teaching of Spanish for over 40 years, it is located in a residential suburb of Malaga, 15 minutes’ bus-ride from the city centre and 10 minutes walk to the beach. The school and its residence create a mini-campus with outstanding leisure and learning facilities.
Intensive language courses in Europe
A wide range of language courses designed for language teachers is available in Europe with funding provided by Erasmus Plus to help cover fees. Edinburgh based Caledonia Worldwide works closely with carefully selected language schools in many parts of Spain, France, Italy and Germany, keeping up to date with developments in each location through regular visits. The Caledonia team are all linguists who have worked and travelled abroad before joining the company, and offer personalised advice and recommendations for language courses in Europe.
Some courses may be offered on specific dates only, whilst others are available all year round. However, the key common factors are:
Locations for specific Teacher Refresher courses include some well known cities and towns such as Nice, Rouen, Granada and Lucca. However, intensive language courses are also eligible for Erasmus+ funding and this considerably opens up the choice of locations on offer.
"The school [in Lucca] uses an interesting teaching method which I hadn’t encountered before and suited me well. It was pretty exhausting and challenging but worthwhile. The lessons were well-organised and engaging and my tutors were excellent. Patient, responsive and talented at explaining culture and language." (SM, October 2015)
Established in 1996, Caledonia Worldwide is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. It offers language and cultural school trips not only in Europe, but also Cuba and South America and is a specialist tour operator for music and dance trips. For further details, please contact Caledonia Worldwide on 0131 621 7721, by email or visit the website.
Individuals must apply through their organisation and before being able to apply for Erasmus+ funding the organisation must register as follows:
The University of Glasgow offers the following courses for language teachers:
In response to the growing need for language teachers in the UK and worldwide in Primary, Secondary, Further and Adult Education, the University of Dundee is pleased to offer a Diploma in Spanish for Teachers by Distance Learning.
The Diploma offers many advantages in that it allows you to study when and where you like, for as long as you like. It is designed to promote a lively, on-line learning community studying language and culture. A high degree of support is provided by native, or near-native, speaker tutors.
The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a rating of 160 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-11).
The University also offers Intensive Distance Learning courses in Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese & Gaelic.
Download the flyer: Language courses by distance learning.
Or visit the University of Dundee website.
The University is a centre for the examination in the Spanish Government’s official Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE - Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera).
The exams are the official accreditation for the degree of fluency of the Spanish exams. They’re issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport of Spain and are organised by Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca.
New online preparation courses for the DELE exams are available and are aimed at prospective candidates for the DELE exams.
Both options are designed for:
Follow the links below for information on the relevant course:
This is a full-time, one-year post-graduate diploma course. It’s designed to help qualified teachers with intermediate-level Gaelic transfer to Gaelic-medium classrooms. The course is unique in Scotland. It combines language training with a focus on pedagogical requirements for working in GME including:
In addition to support from Higher Education institutions, the Cultural Organisations within Scotland offer a variety of professional development courses both at home and abroad.
This includes certificates in DELF and DALF, official diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify foreign candidates’ proficiency in French. The Institut français d’Écosse in Edinburgh and Alliance Française de Glasgow are both official testing centres.
A summary of what's available can be found under our professional learning page.
SCILT offers a number of professional learning opportunities for in-service teachers in both the primary and secondary sectors. Details of the professional learning menu can be found on the Professional Development pages within the Primary, S1-S3 and Senior Phase sections of our website.
In recent years, SCILT’s support for student teachers and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) has expanded enormously. As well as contributing to the specialist BEd Primary Education with languages at University of Stirling, since 2013 SCILT has facilitated 3 day PLL pedagogy courses for Primary Education students at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Universities of Highlands & Islands and Edinburgh.
These inputs aim to build the confidence of student teachers, regardless of their level of expertise in another language. The key messages are that a little language goes a long way, embed language learning in the classroom routine and provide contextualised language learning experiences.
The HaSS School of Education at the University of Strathclyde offers undergraduates the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching. SCILT became involved in March 2013 when invited to produce a module to support the Bachelor of Education 4th year students in preparation for their future careers and again in September, this time offering a 3-day workshop for 2nd and 3rd year BEd students to help ensure their readiness for delivering the 1+2 languages policy. This workshop combined French language learning and pedagogy with lots of practical, interactive and fun approaches to teaching languages.
Feedback from the workshops has been extremely positive with former students recommending the course to others and expressing how useful the content has been in their careers:
Last session, at the request of several local authority Development Officers, SCILT designed and facilitated bespoke PLL inputs of varying length and content for Primary NQTs in Scottish Borders, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire Councils.
Our 2015-16 calendar already features sessions with Primary NQTs in West Lothian, Inverclyde and East Ayrshire Councils and with return visits to Scottish Borders and West Dunbartonshire Councils. For more information, please email email@example.com.
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