The Eaquals Teacher Training and Development Framework (TD Framework) reflects recent interest across the profession in describing language teacher competences and skills. Published in 2014, it is the result of an internal Eaquals project involving specialists from member institutions. It complements the EPG.
Like the EPG, the TD Framework aims to help teachers to evaluate and reflect on their language teaching competences, but in greater depth and using more detailed descriptors. It sets out key professional competences in terms of attitudes, knowledge and skills at three main phases of development and encourages a positive attitude to self-assessment and evaluation.
Who is it for?
The TD Framework is equally relevant for both novice and experienced teachers, for academic managers, for teacher trainers and for those planning and designing teacher training programmes.
What are its main aims?
- To help practising teachers to assess and reflect on their own language teaching competences, and set their own goals for further development
- to help managers to identify training needs and plan professional development programmes for practising teachers
- to encourage teachers to continue their professional development on their own and with the support of their institutions
- to help document the design of public training courses for practising teachers
- to serve as a tool for evaluating and accrediting teacher training courses.
The TD Framework can also serve as a model for those wishing to develop additional descriptors for more specific areas, such as materials design, teaching young learners, teaching one-to-one lessons, and providing specialised training.