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Who we are

The Research and Test Centre (RTC) is a specialized workstation, which exists since 2006 and the aim of which is as follows:

1) methodical guidance of teaching Czech for foreigners at ILPS

2) lifelong learning of pedagogues teaching Czech for foreigners

3) testing Czech as a foreign language

4)  research in the field of linguistics and linguodidactics

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Methodical guidance of teaching Czech for foreigners

Methodical guidance of teaching Czech for foreigners at ILPS ensured by the following forms:

  • close cooperation with the study centres of ILPS, mainly with its methodologists
  • methodical coordination according to European trends in foreign language teaching
  • linguistic and linguodidactic analysis of language means in textbooks
  • creating teaching and supplementary materials for the ILPS study centres
  • verifying new teaching materials and their evaluation, organizing sample lessons
  • monitoring and evaluating lessons (producing questionnaires and their interpretation)
  • developing and implementing new methodical procedures when foreigners' language preparation
  • methodical guidance when preparing, pre-testing, organizing and evaluating internal exams (ILPS semestral and final exams)
  • further education of ILPS employees dealing with Czech as a foreign language.
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Lifelong learning of pedagogues

RTC takes a share in lifelong learning of pedagogues teaching Czech for foreigners; it does so by means of a training center with the following intent:

  • promoting European language standards (Common European Framework of Reference, European Language Portfolio, European Language Passport)
  • presenting and using the descriptions of referential levels (A1, A2, B1, B2)
  • organizing professional seminars to help teachers of Czech as a foreign language
  • co-operation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in the area of the cultivation of teaching Czech abroad
  • professional aid to teachers on lectureship abroad
  • professional cultivation of teaching Czech for foreigners – for children, asylum seekers, asylum claimers and integration center customers.
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Testing Czech as a foreign language

In the area of testing Czech as a foreign language, the main aim of the RTC is:

  • creating, pre-testing and evaluating standardized exams in Czech for foreigners according to the European models and levels
  • the establishment, coordination, and professional guidance of the team of authors built up to create the standardized exams
  • professional guidance of the examiners of these exams,organizing and realizing the exams
  • certifying the outputs,representing the Czech Republic at the international testing organizations (ALTE, EALTA etc.).

 

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Research and promotional activities

In the area of research and promotional activities, the RTC is to:

  • take part in professional linguistic and linguodidactic conferences
  • participate in national and foreign grant projects
  • help to launch theses submitted at the both national and foreign subject departments
  • help to launch Ph.D. theses dealing with Czech for foreigners and Czech as a foreign language
  • regularly publish papers in both national and foreign subject periodicals
  • update the ILPS Internet sites devoted to the given issue.
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