Other useful documents and links

The Bologna Qualifications Framework
An introduction to the principle elements of the Bologna Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area
Common European Framework for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment
This document provides a practical tool for setting clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable manner

Competences in education and cross border recognition
CoRe project final report: evaluation of the usefulness of learning outcomes and competences for international recognition

Council Resolution on a European Strategy for Multilingualism
2905th EDUCATION, YOUTH AND CULTURE council meeting Brussels, 21 November 2008
http://www.lanqua.eu/sites/default/files/Council Resolution on a European strategy for multilingualism.pdf

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
ENQA disseminates information, experiences and good practices in the field of quality assurance (QA) in higher education to European QA agencies, public authorities and higher education institutions

European Association for Quality Language Services
EAQUALS is a pan-European association of language training providers. 

European Language Portfolio
The ELP is a document in which learners can record and reflect on their language learning and cultural experiences, using common criteria accepted throughout Europe.  It consists of a language passport, a language biography and a dossier.

European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education
EQAR will list quality assurance agencies operating in Europe.  Agencies will be able to apply for listing on the register from summer 2008.

EU Multilingualism website

Improving quality, enhancing creativity: change processes in European higher education institutions
Final report of the Quality Assurance for the Higher Education Agenda (QAHECA) Project
Multilingualism: an asset for Europe and a shared commitment
In its new Communication, entitled "Multilingualism: an asset for Europe and a shared commitment", the Commission gives an overview of what needs to be done to turn linguistic diversity into an asset for solidarity and prosperity. Report published 18 September 2008

Promotion of Multilingualism in the 31 countries of the Lifelong-Learning Programme
A report on promoting multilingualism in Europe

* Commission Staff Working document referred to in the above report
An Inventory of community actions in the field of multilingualism and results of the online public consultation referred to in the above report. 
Outcomes of the European Commission's public consultation on multilingualism
This report presents the outcomes of the European Commission's public consultation on multilingualism, September-November 2007
Report on progress in quality assurance in higher education
European Commission report, 21/09/09
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
The QAA is an independent body, funded by subscriptions from UK universities and colleges of higher education, to improve the academic standards and quality of higher health insurance education in the UK

  • Quality Assurance in UK Higher Education: A Guide for International Readers
    This guide explains how quality assurance works in UK higher education and the role of the QAA
  • Subject Benchmark Statement: Languages and Related Studies
    This UK benchmark statement provides a means for the academic community to describe the nature and characteristics of languages and related studies programmes.  It also represents general expectations about the standards for the award of qualifications at a given level and articulate the attributes and capabilities that those possessing such qualifications should be able to demonstrate.

Quality Convergence Study
The QCS Project studied the possibilities for convergence of national quality assurance systems in Europe

A Rewarding Challenge: how the multiplicity of languages could strengthen Europe (the Maaolouf report)

SIGMA Scientific Committee on Languages
The SIGMA Scientific Committee on Languages produced national reports describing the status quo of Language Studies in the sixteen European countries, undertook an evaluation of past inter-university co-operation in the area of Languages and organised the ERASMUS Evaluation Conference

Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages 1 (TNP1)
The first TNP in the Area of Languages ran from 1996 to 1999. The project's 9 sub projects covered transversal issues (e.g. intercultural communication), issues linked to specific professions (e.g. language teacher training) and issues linked to traditional sub-disciplines.
TNPD: Project for the Dissemination of Results of TNP1
The principal aim of TNPD was to exploit the products and results emerging from the original Thematic Network and to disseminate them both among institutions of higher education and among non-academic target groups with a view to achieving wide-ranging impact.
Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages 2 (TNP2)
The principal aim of the second Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages, which started in 2000, was to develop proposals for improvements and innovations in higher education programmes in the area of languages, focusing on the three key themes of curriculum innovation, new learning environments, and quality enhancement.

Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages 3 (TNP3)
The third TNP in the Area of Languages (2003-6) focused on three key themes of languages for language-related industries and professions; languages for enhanced opportunities on the European labour market; and languages as an interface between the different sectors of education.
TNP3-D: Dissemination Network for TNP3
TNP3-D was a network project for the dissemination of TNP3 results and outcomes
Transnational European Evaluation Project
TEEP was a pilot project, which investigated the operational implications of European transnational quality evaluation of study programmes in history, physics and veterinary science
Tuning Educational Structures in Europe
The Tuning project designed a methodology and common language for developing an overarching European framework of qualifications

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