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1999-2003: Finland | Germany | Great Britain | Hungary
2005-2007: Czech Republic | Finland | France | Poland | Portugal | Romania


Czech Republic: Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University in Prague The Institute has a long standing tradition and expertise in following fields:
  • teaching modern languages including Czech for foreigners;
  • teaching sciences in preparatory programmes for university studies;
  • methodology in teaching sciences and languages;
  • development and publication of teaching and testing materials (both traditional and for e-learning).

The Institute has been involved in numerous research and development programmes both on national and international levels. The description of Threshold and Waystage Levels of Czech language was carried out by our staff. Recent language-related projects with EU support follow:

  • LEONARDO- Development of innovative language learning material for the needs of managers of SMEs;
  • SOCRATES/GRUNDTVIG 2 (Learning Partnerships) – CADAC Communication and Development Across Cultures;
  • EQUAL – Human Step – educational activities for minorities and asylum seekers;
  • eEuroinclusion – developing a pan-European Network of LWUTL (less widely used and taught languages) LRCs (language research centres).

Finland: Centre for Applied Language Studies of the University of Jyväskylä (Coordinator in phase 1)

The Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS) is a research institute that is part of the University of Jyväskylä but has national duties as well. Our sphere of activities includes issues in language, language use and language learning that have to do with both society and with individuals. We consider these issues from the perspective of both the mother tongue and foreign languages. Our view on language is social and interactive, and we approach research from a multidisciplinary point of view.

The Centre for Applied Language Studies supports and furthers language education by

  • conducting research on language teaching and language learning,
  • organising a doctoral programme in applied linguistics,
  • publishing research findings, reports and teaching material,
  • providing further education in the field of applied linguistics, in particular, for language teachers,
  • developing, coordinating and organising national language tests (The National Certificate) and by providing training to language assessors,
  • participating as experts in work groups set up by different ministries, universities and institutes of higher education as well as in the National Board of Education in Finland, and
  • by taking an active part in debates about issues dealing with language, language teaching and language learning as well as language policy.

The Centre for Applied Language Studies has wide experience in leading projects funded by the Academy of Finland and working in EU projects both as a coordinator and a partner.


France: Institute for Language Studies at the University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, Bordeaux (Coordinator in phase 2)

This University has a long-standing tradition of expertise in training and research in the following fields:

  • The Art /Literature/ Languages field: Arts; Classical Languages; Literature and Language Science; Languages and civilizations; Applied Foreign Languages
  • The Social Science field: History, history of art, archaeology; Geography and environment; Earth Science and environment, ecology; Information and communication; History of philosophy and mediation of science; Philosophy.

The section ‘Teaching French as a Foreign Language’ of the Language Science Department was created about 20 years ago. It provides training at the Masters and Doctorate levels for students in the area of French-as-a-foreign-language teaching and especially in the areas of project work and development/ evaluation of multimedia materials. Between 1999 and 2002 the section organized training sessions in nine European languages for Bordeaux exchange students wishing to study in Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Romania. Summer courses for Eoropean teachers on the integration of ICT in language teaching are regularly organized by this department.

The ‘Teaching French as a Foreign Language’ section as well as the Department of Language Science and the other components of the University, have numerous international contacts within the framework of European projects and contracts of bilateral co-operation. The members of the linguistics research group TELANCO (Texts, Language, Cognition) publish in syntax, language teaching and language policy. They organized in May 2006 an international conference entitled “The Language of ICT-mediated Communication”.


Germany: IIK e.V. Berlin

The Institute for Intercultural Communication e.V. is a registered company which supports and promotes the international scientific, cultural and economic cooperation between language teachers, language learners, economic experts, students, scientists and other interested people, whether European or not. The Institute has several language schools in Bayern, Berlin and Thüringen. Alongside foreign language teaching the employees of the institute also research further educational methods in the area of the new media.


Hungary: Language Institute of the Medical Faculty of the University of Pécs

The Institute offers specialised language study and general foreign language teaching in English, German, French, Latin and Hungarian. Along with the construction of teaching material, tests for the relevant foreign languages are also developed. Between 1999 and 2000 a new language examining system for English and German (called PROFEX-Fachsprachenprüfung) was developed at the Language Institute of the Medical Faculty of the University. It is directed at the needs of medical student's later professions e.g. (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, nutrition advisors etc.) The exam is carried out in all of the medical faculties in Hungary and the Institute coordinates the cooperation as a accredited examining centre.


Poland: Czestochowa University of Management

Czestochowa University of Management is a non public higher school established in 1995. From the beginning of its activities the mission of the university has been the training of high level specialists knowledgeable in developing their own career and in modern economy.

The university offers study in the following fields: Marketing and Management (first and second grade), Pedagogical Studies, Philology, Nursing, Computer Science, Management and Production Engineering (first grade), as well as postgraduate studies in Pedagogical Studies and Accounting.

The university makes sure to provide interesting fields of study, professional teaching staff, an amicable ambiance, as well as the oppoturnity for students to participate in programmes within the EU and in many sports activities.


Portugal: Lisbon Higher School of Education (ESELx)

The Lisbon Higher School of Education (ESELx) is a branch of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon especially devoted to the training of educators, teachers and others involved in education. Its aims are in line with those currently characterising the concept of higher education institutions: teaching and training, research and development, and community involvement.

Following its original purpose, the aim of the ESELx is to provide future teachers and educators with a solid basic training course leading to a Degree in Education.

At the same time the ESELx offers specialised courses and additional and continuous training in strategic areas within the educational system.

The carrying out of research, development and exchange projects with other institutions at home and abroad, artistic and cultural ventures; debate and shared reflection on scientific and pedagogic issues, involvement in the community - all these are a vital part of the life of the School.


Romania: University of Bucharest

Faculty of Letters & Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

The University of Bucharest is situated in the capital of Romania, a busy multicultural town with 2 millions inhabitants, which are known to be one of the friendliest, warmest and most humorous people in the world.

With its 140 years of prestigious tradition, University of Bucharest is the perfect destination for every student who wants to start or continue a prominent career.

Good old traditional education is still available in the University of Bucharest. Our profile comprises hard sciences and humanities: over 70 first degree programmes, from traditional Law, History, Theology, Philosophy, to the more recent Information Technology, Ecology, Genetics, Political Sciences, Communication and Public Relation, etc. We teach more than 25 languages and some of our study programmes are in English and in French.

Our departments have taken part in the Erasmus mobility programme since 1998. We exchanged more than 1500 students with other European universities for one or two semesters.


United Kingdom : The Institute for Germanic Studies at the University of Bristol

Alongside German teaching courses on English as a foreign language, courses on English literature and on communicative English skills training for exchange students in Bristol are also run. The Institute has many years' experience with exchange programmes within the Socrates/Erasmus framework and of bilateral contracts with universities in Germany (Mainz, Hannover, Heidelberg, Germersheim, Marburg). A main emphasis is also placed on the development of computer-supported foreign language teaching.