Eaquals unveils new board and projects

27 April, 2015


Quality assurance body Eaquals (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services) unveiled new projects and partnerships and voted in a new board at its AGM and International Conference in Malaga, Spain, last week.



Justin Quinn, who was elected as the new Chair of Eaquals, presents a seminar on marketing strategies


During the three-day conference at the NH Malaga Hotel, Eaquals launched new resources to support the learning of French as a foreign language. The Core Inventory for French is designed to mirror the existing Eaquals/British Council Core Inventory for General English, a practical tool to assist teachers to use the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

At the conference, Eaquals inspectors were also introduced to new quality indicators for the online delivery of language learning, developed by the Eaquals team in response to the increased use of e-learning tools in language centres.

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with CercleS – the European Federation of Language Centres in Higher Education – at the event. Sarah Aitken, Eaquals Executive Director, said, “Partnerships with like-minded organisations are increasingly important for Eaquals as our international influence grows. The link with CercleS is an indication of the growing importance of external assurance in university language centres and cements a number of informal links between the higher education sector and Eaquals.”

Justin Quinn, Managing Director of Centre of English Studies, was elected as Chair of Eaquals for the coming year at the members’ AGM. Mila Angelova, Head Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer at AVO Language and Examination Centre, Bulgaria, was chosen as Vice-Chair.

The International Conference attracted over 230 delegates from 32 countries for professional development and exchange sessions in four main areas: best practice in the classroom; best practice in quality management; business and marketing management; and course design, CEFR and assessment.

Eaquals has welcomed 17 new members in the last year, including Spanish language school association Fedele. “With Instituto Cervantes already an Eaquals member, the new link with Fedele will further consolidate Eaquals’ presence in Spain,” said Aitken.

In total, Eaquals now has 125 accredited members and 26 associate members from 30 countries, with 28 different languages taught across the membership.

 

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