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ARC - Action-Research-Communities for Language Teachers
ECML, 2016-2018

Teachers are at the heart of the quality process in the language learning classroom. This project will support teachers in European classrooms in using action research as an essential tool for the development of reflective classroom practice highlighting ways in which teachers can enhance their self-confidence and professionalism. This in turn will improve the quality of their teaching and at the same time strengthen teacher confidence.


Project information

Call: ECML Call 2016: Languages at the heart of learning


Coordinating partner: PHT


Contact at the PHT: Dr. Christine Lechner,



Partner: Language Studio in Laugalækjarskóli; Brynhildur Anna Ragnarsdottir (IS) ; Centrul pentru formarea Continua in Limba Germana (CPD), Tita Mihaiu (BGR) ; Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton, Angela Gallagher-Brett (UK)
Assoziierte Partner: Renata Zanin, Freie Universität Bozen (IT)  Anita Konrad, Melanie Steiner, PHT (AT)



Envisaged outputs
  • Guidelines for action research and for networking strategies towards quality enhancement in language teaching
  • A practical guide to action research for teachers and teacher educators based on experiences from the ECML countries
  • Piloted models of trialled course units: format for training units to improve classroom practice through linking quality strategies to practical action research approaches.
  • Brochure including checklist and reflection
  • A set of success stories in several languages
  • Online platform with a bank of resources, including key documentation, and didactic materials
Envisaged outcomes
  • The adoption of an action-research based approach to language methodologies
  • Increased co-operation between classrooms practice and academic expertise
  • Positive impact on language education in classrooms through professional networks and peer supportHighlights

Action research communities for language teachers (ARC): national support event in Iceland

Action Research Communities for language teachers: ARC Network Meeting (Graz, Austria, 3-4 May 2018)

Action research communities for language teachers (ARC): report 2017

Action research communities for language teachers: Expert Meeting (November 2017)

Action research communities for language teachers: ARC presentation at the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) annual conference at the University of Crete, 20-22 October 2017

Action Research: 10 projects ongoing and new tools to be developed

ARC Presentation (Action research communities for language teachers) at the C.A.R.N. (Collaborative Action Research Network) D.A.CH Symposium in Linz

Action Research for Language Teachers : project developments

Action Research Communities for Language Teachers workshop (Graz, 10-11 November 2016): workshop news

Workshop for teachers of German teachers - “Teaching about the culture of a target-country language in the language classroom: Austria” (Hermannstadt/Sibiu, Romania, 20-22 October 2016) 

ECML workshop "Action research communities for language teachers" (Graz, Austria, 10-11 November 2016)

Action research communities for language teachers: ECML workshop on 10-11 November 2016