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
  • 2018-2020: Project submitted to the FCT Call of 2017 (awaiting approval): Acronym – G’ingER. Title (Portuguese): Construir Recursos para o Ensino do Inglês. Title (English) Growing English Resources.
  • Postdoctoral research: Castro, Catarina, Novas abordagens para a aprendizagem de línguas: o papel da formação na recetividade de futuros professores de inglês à inovação pedagógica, Postdoctoral research, FCT.
  • Joint research projects with Cátedra Eugénio Tavares de Língua Portuguesa (University of Cape Verde) in languages teaching amd teacher training programmes

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.