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Improving Standards of Quality in Adult Language Education (ISQALE) Grundtvig Project

 ISQALE Project 




This is a partnership project involving the development and implementation of  quality assurance approaches in language education. It explores the needs, country specific requirements and best practices in the area and based on these findings will propose a set of indicators and procedures aimed at enhancing the quality of language teaching of adults in lifelong learning.

The main content areas will include quality assessment of CEFR based  curricula,  innovative practices, personal development and satisfaction of needs, achieved communicative and crosscultural competence, self-learning and lifelong learning, European values-driven learning, etc.



Such an approach will better meet the expectations of the economic community, empowering professionals (learners, teachers, managers and assessors) to perform adequately in an international context and to successfully participate in transnational mobility programmes and other communication exchanges.




The main aim of the project is to benchmark the existing experience and generate new ideas for quality language education of adults  in a situation of new economic challenges. It will attempt to develop unified requirements for quality assurance in language schools in a way which impacts formal and informal education and combines the regional specificity with the common European standards. 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:

  • To facilitate the processes of lifelong education of adult learners and continuing professional development of teachers and managers.
  • To link more reliably quality assurance to teaching methods, materials and ultimately student performance.
  • To integrate language learning with the ability of adults to communicate crossculturally.
  • To develop more effective language learning skills combined with  flexible business skills. 
  • To help unemployed/migrant adults to find/change jobs and reintegrate into society through acquiring competence in European languages.
  • By achieving higher language standards to promote mobility of professionals working for international companies in the region and beyond.
  • To provide opportunities for greater mobility of  teachers, academic managers and inspectors by participating in international meetings and professional events.
  • To explore the needs of professional people, language learners,  by including them in the mobilities.
  • To attract more language schools   to the cause of quality language learning of adults. 
  • To spread the ideas of quality lifelong language learning and on-going quality assurance in other (non-project partner) countries in the Balkans.
  • To unite the efforts across the national borders in order to increase the visibility of activities of the National Associations,  to raise the awareness of the  respective Ministry of Education

ISQALE Outcomes




Benefits of the QIS scheme

  • to maintain and enhance  quality standards through self-assessment in language education
  • to use it alongside the National Inspection Schemes 
  • to use it as a preparation stage for EAQUALS inspections 
  • to use it as a quality awareness tool in new educational contexts 
  • to increase membership and to attract partners to the existing quality-oriented networks in the project countries and beyond.



OPTIMA The Bulgarian Association for Quality Language Services, Bulgaria - coordinator
Romanian Association for Quality Language Services QUEST, Romania
QLS – the Panhellenic Association of Accredited Quality Language Schools, Greece
Department of English and German Studies,University of Zaragoza, Spain 

Associate partner:

The Croatian Chamber of Economy, The Association for Foreign Languages, Croatia