Languages, curriculum and teacher education

Languages, curriculum and teacher education

Convener: Carlos Ceia

Description: This strand aims at promoting quality research activities in curriculum studies and theory and teacher education related to language learning in Portugal. It focuses on curricular development policies at national level (in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking world) and points to higher education actions on teacher education programmes and languages teaching.

Main present and future projects and activities:

  • May 2018: Organization of the 2nd Conference on New Trends in Language Teaching, in collaboration with the University of Granada and the University of Algarve
  • 7th TEFL: International Conference, 9 – 10 November 2018, FCSH, Lisbon
  • November 2018: Publication of a book resulting from a selection of the best papers presented at the 2nd Conference NTLT
  • Joint research projects with Cátedra Eugénio Tavares de Língua Portuguesa (University of Cape Verde) in languages teaching amd teacher training programmes
  • Preparing new calls for international funding:
    • COST [Proposal in-progress]
      • Culture in the teaching-learning of foreign languages
      • Professor Thomas Szende, Director of the Plidam Research Laboratory, Inalco, Paris, France
    • ERC Advanced Grant 2021: Curriculum flexibility in Portugal (in preparation) [PI: Carlos Ceia]

Post-doctoral actions:

1. [Dr Catarina Castro] Between 2018 and 2020, the researcher will continue to develop a postdoctoral research, funded by FCT, which aims to disseminate Task Based Language Teaching (TBLT), an approach that was developed as an alternative to traditional methods, and that is considered to facilitate second language acquisition. However, despite the clear psycholinguistic rational for TBLT and empirical evidence supporting the choice of “tasks” as the basis for second language teaching and learning, a number of teacher factors have been found to challenge the adoption of TBLT. Given the present resistance regarding TBLT (principles and implementation), the project aims to develop, implement and evaluate a language teacher training program, at the New University of Lisbon, University of the Algarve and the University of Porto.


International projects

Recently submitted proposals :

  • ERC Synergy Grant 2019: CURFLEX (Changing the way we teach: curriculum flexibility in Portugal)
    • Carlos Ceia (Cpi) – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (Chi)
    • António Domingos (Pi2) – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
    • Mariana Gaio Alves (Pi3) – Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Lisboa
    • Total Requested Grant (in euro): 9 397 356,25 €
    • Result: not approved
  • Erasmus+
    • Project Title: Intercultural and Global Citizenship Education (INCITE)
    • Action: Strategic Partnerships for higher education (KA203) Call for proposals: 2019
    • Applicant organization: FCSH / NOVA CETAPS
    • Result: To be announced in 2019
  • Erasmus+
    • Project Title: Creative Approaches to New Democracy through Innovative Inclusive Citizenship Education (CANDIICE)
    • Applicant organization: School Development Support Agency (SDSA), Leicester, UK
    • Non-governmental organisation
    • Result: To be announced in 2019