CARLA Presentation: Developing Primary Foreign Language Teachers’ Literacy Skills: A Transnational Project in Poland, Slovenia, and Spain
This presentation will focus on the transnational project Lit4Clil centered around the development of literacy teaching skills of foreign language (FL) and Content and Language Integrated Learning(CLIL) teachers working with young language learners (ages 8-11) in primary school (grades 3-5). The project was carried out in three diverse foreign language teaching contexts -- Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. The first part of the presentation will highlight research findings of the needs analysis study, which was conducted to establish teachers' perceptions, needs, and classroom practices in developing their students' FL literacy skills. The second part of the presentation will explore the project outcomes including teacher professional development and teacher training materials. The presentation will conclude with suggestions for incorporating literacy and its applications in the classroom into teacher education curricula and in-service teacher training. Lit4Clil is a collaborative project between the University of Warsaw, University of Ljubljana, the University of Alcala and six partner schools from Poland, Slovenia, and Spain. It was co-financed by an Erasmus+ grant.
Katarzyna Brzosko-Barratt is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Warsaw in Poland. She completed her PhD in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include language teacher education, CLIL and literacy development in primary contexts. She was the project coordinator of the it4CLIL Erasmus+ project and serves as a studies director for Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners at the University of Warsaw.