The European Profiling Grid

The European Profiling Grid, or EPG, is a framework with descriptors spanning six ‘development phases’ in a language teacher’s professional evolution.

The EPG is available in 13 languages and is being used by schools, universities and language teaching institutions in a number of countries to help teachers assess their professional strengths and training needs.

What does the EPG contain?

The descriptors cover four key areas:

  • Qualifications, teacher training, and experience
  • Core competencies:
    • methodology – knowledge & skills
    • lesson and course planning
    • interaction with and monitoring of learners
    • assessment
  • ‘Enabling skills’, such as language awareness, intercultural competence and the ability to use digital media.
  • Professionalism

Where can I find out more?

You can find full details of the EPG and its practical applications by downloading the document below. It contains:

  • The EPG in printed form
  • The EPG glossary
  • A comprehensive User Guide
  • A guide to using the e-Grid

You can also explore the electronic version of the EPG, the e-Grid by following the link below. The interactive section where teachers can assess themselves online and/or be assessed by their managers and mentors is available in 6 languages.

How can the EPG be used?

The EPG and the e-Grid are valuable tools for raising awareness about language teaching competences and teaching quality, as well as important aids to teacher training and development. More information and documents are available in English, French, German and Spanish on the EPG website pages [hyperlink].

If you know and use the EPG or e-Grid and wish to introduce it to other potential users or institutions in your context, Eaquals has prepared helpful support in the form of free guidelines and an adaptable questionnaire. Please contact info@eaquals.org to obtain these.

Eaquals welcomes brief reports from users of the EPG/e-Grid about their experiences and the impact on teachers, student teachers and others involved in their use. Some examples are provided below.

Practical case studies

Five case studies describing how the EPG has been used in practice were presented at a symposium at the 2016 Eaquals conference.  These examples illustrate the relevance of the EPG in a range of contexts: