Part of the Catapult project was the creation of the Common Competence Framework (CCF) – a model of knowledge and skills necessary in an LSP teacher. The framework, to be found here – was divided into 5 sub-sets of competences in the following areas:
- general teaching
- collaboration and intercultural mediation
- (data) analysis
- course / material design
We did the sub-division based on two assumptions:
- Contemporary language teachers in general – and LSP teachers, in particular – face a number of challenges that go beyond on-focus competences;
- Being an LSP teacher is far more demanding in terms of content than regular teaching: the school-life connection is usually much more pressing and far more explicit; the materials are scarce; communicative competence to be developed in learners very frequently needs to provide for intercultural communication.
All in all, being an LSP teacher is a challenge we would like to celebrate in this blog. The posts to follow will be dedicated to the 5 sub-competences of the present CCF. We very much hope that you would get involved in a dialogue about them, giving us feedback based on first-hand pedagogical experience.