INTERACTIVE LEARNING TOOL for IMPROVING THE TECHNICAL LANGUAGE of ENGLISH for SPORTS COACHES, REFEREES and MANAGERS
English is the most frequently used language in the sports world, during technical meetings, competitions, refereeing, or press conferences. Yet today, a large majority of the staff, including coaches, referees and managers have difficulties in expressing themselves in English. This issue sometimes results in serious problems during the international qualifications. As well as that, the expected performances cannot be done during the delegation meetings in European and international means.
The TENG-SPORTS project aims at improving the level of Technical Language of English for Sports (TLES) of sports coaches, referees and managers in the field of Handball and Athletism by introducing vocational training programs which meet their English needs. Apart from developing these new tools, the project also aims at disseminating the results obtained from the previous projects that it is based on (The English Speaking Sports World and Partnership of Technical English in Sport).
The needs of sectors and target groups / end users will be analysed and basing on the state-of-the art the programs covering the needs at different levels will be elaborated. The end users having different backgrounds will be given access to the related VET courses of which the relevant institutions can easily use.
The partnership, inspired by the complementary experiences of four European countries and diverse organizations that intend to work together on this issue. By taking into account the variety of training offers in Europe, the reality of the needs of sportspeople, partners wish to create VET methodology which can easily be adapted to other European countries and other languages. GU, INSEP, MET and AGHSM play a major role in the training of its sports public, and also in the acquisition of key skills concerning this professional environment. They deliver diplomas, organize continuing education, work on the evolution of sports careers, training courses and curricula.
The tangible results will be the creation of VET English programmes destined to reach the bodies in charge of training coaches, referees, managers, sport students, vocational institutions, that is to say, universities in charge of sports, federations, sporting institutes, etc. This project will include a methodological guide and an interactive learning tool for TLES which will also allow sportspeople to master the TLES more easily.
The intangible results will be a better collaboration between training institutions, a broader sharing of know-how between sports professionals, and an improvement in professional efficiency. The impact of the project consists in participating in the improvement of teaching English within training institutions and related national bodies specialized in sports careers. It also consists in facilitating access to the key skills necessary for their vocational training, in particular those relative to the mastery of TLES, for sports persons.