Projects

LKPA as an active partner of several international and national projects.

National projects

LKPA is invited to join a team of professionals leaded by the Lithuanian Language Institute to develop an innovative teacher training programme for teachers teaching the Lithuanian language in the country. (Project No. VP1-2.2-ŠMM-05-K-02-007). More information is available on the Lithuanian page.

International projects

Erasmus+ project LISTiac (Linguistically Sensitive Teaching in All Classrooms) is a new project the Institute of Foreign Languages of Vytautas Magnus University is taking part in. Åbo Akademi University in Finland is the main coordinator of the project. The aim of the project is to support teachers in becoming more linguistically sensitive to enable opportunities for equally successful schooling for all students in Europe. Despite existing research and the number of didactic tools developed for individual teachers to date, it is still problematic to change monolingually framed school policies and school-wide practices. In order to change this situation, the project intends to reach out to non-language teachers.

Five researchers from five European universities will work full-time during the project. They will develop, test and evaluate a reflection tool to help future and in-service teachers become more linguistically sensitive in their teaching, thoughts and attitudes. Three more universities including Vytautas Magnus University will help conduct field research, and the project is carried out in collaboration with the ministries in Finland, Portugal and Slovenia.

The total budget for the project that started in February 2019 and ends in February 2022 is 2.4 million euros.

The MiLLaT Project (Mediation in Language Learning and Teaching)

The MiLLaT Project (Mediation in Language Learning and Teaching) has been initiated as a response to the most recent innovative developments in the field of language teaching, learning and assessment refined in CEFR/CV (2018). The project aims to reinforce the main methodological message of the CEFR, which implies that the learner is to be viewed as a social, plurilingual and pluricultural language user, whose learning process has to be driven by action and task, and whose assessment is to be guided by their communicative ability in real-life situations. The key position in the action-oriented approach does hold MEDIATION, the notion which constitutes the focus of the present project. The needs analysis conducted prior to the project has demonstrated a considerable need for further exploration of mediation, the importance of collaborative research into the state-of-the-art mediation activities and strategies, and a great demand for educational materials, which could offer practical mediation guidelines for teachers and to assure the development of students’ mediation activities and strategies. In view of this, MiLLaT has been created to raise the teachers’ and learners’ awareness of the mediated and complex nature of language learning, to highlight the importance of incorporating mediation (linguistic, cultural, social and pedagogic) into the curriculum development, and designing teaching materials and courses based on real-world communicative needs.

More about the project: http://millat.uw.edu.pl/

The ERASMUS Multilateral Project “Diversity in the Learning Experience in (Higher) Education (DIV.ED)”

The ERASMUS Multilateral Project ”Diversity in the Learning Experience in (Higher) Education (DIV.ED)” Nr. 528049-LLP-1-2012-1-AT-ERASMUS-ESIN is carried out in the framework of the “LifeLong Learning Programme” supported by the European Commission.

The project officially started on the 1st of October 2012 and will be concluded on the 30th of September 2014.

The Project partners:

  • The Johannes Kepler University, Austria
  • Universidade Aberta, Portugal
  • The Lithuanian Association of Language Teachers
  • FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
  • I. Zone Knowledge Systems, SA, Portugal
  • On Screen OG, Austria
  • The European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)

The DIV.ED project focuses on the complex topics “Diversity” and “acceptance”/”tolerance” applied to the academic learning context. Its main output is a university Module to be tested, implemented, evaluated and exploited in four partner countries (AT, DE, LT and PT) with different target groups (students, teachers, adult learners) in several educational environments – including (ICT-supported) informal learning. The recognition of the Module in all the academic partner institutions is envisaged (6 ECTS). Besides implementing ICT- and Web-based methodologies, in which all educational partners have a longstanding experience, an innovative, interdisciplinary approach will be applied to the Module, addressing learners as whole individuals. The latter will deal with learning contents also with the support of video art and theatrical techniques.

You are kindly invited to visit the web site: http://www.diversity-ed.eu/

The ELTACS project

The ELTACS project (European Language Teachers Assessment and Certification Scheme) is a dissemination project funded by the European Commission as a part of the Education and Culture DG Lifelong Learning Programme. The aim of this project is to:

  • to collect evidence from a needs analysis, surveys of schemes to demonstrate that there is no available Europea