The QATrain project, co-funded by the EU Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), is being developed by a partnership of 7 European organizations led by OPTIMA. This GRUNDTVIG Learning Partnerships project started on 1 October 2013 and will last for 24 months.
This Learning Partnership - 'Quality Assessment Training' (QATrain) - is conceived as a follow-up to the ISQALE (Improving Standards of Quality in Adult Language Education) Grundtvig Project. The main aims are to facilitate, consolidate and extend the implementation of Quality Improvement in adult language education, to ensure long-term sustainability and robustness of processes. To achieve these aims, it will refine the Quality Improvement Scheme developed through ISQALE, adapting it to various contexts of adult education and addressing specific needs identified in the piloting stage. The 'QATrain' project will build on the partners' professional expertise and positive outcomes of 'ISQALE', while seeking to synchronize these with the latest developments in European language policy, documents and Europe-wide quality-oriented projects (e.g. CEFR and ELP for language learners, European Profiling Grid for language educators (EPG), NELLIP focusing on project quality). To achieve the aims proposed, QATrain will be structured in stages and layers, so as to develop detailed procedures for internal and external assessment of quality with a focus on lifelong learning skills. This will involve targeted networking for extending and diversifying the pool of expertise, developing Guidelines for internal quality improvement processes, involving external experts in preparation for external quality assurance, as well as developing and organising Quality-oriented training for assessors and multipliers, to ensure the coherence and sustainability of implementation processes both locally and internationally.
The main aim of the project is to develop further the Scheme for Internal and External Assessment which was result of the ISQALE Project by creating detailed procedures for its application in all project partner institutions. The "QATrain" project will also attempt to provide professional training for certifying expert assessors, who will use the Scheme during external assessment of quality in language institutions on national and international level.
The ultimate target is to enhance enduringly the quality of foreign languages providers and to develop the management of adult education in the participating countries. The working out of an enriched quality assurance system will entail the following secondary objectives: