Introduction

The LanQua Toolkit has been developed by a network of teachers of languages and related studies across Europe. The 60 partners in the Language Network for Quality Assurance (LanQua) have worked together to map the current landscape for languages in higher education (described in the Frame of Reference) and to reflect on how a subject practitioner-led approach to quality assurance can inform quality assurance processes and enhance the quality of the learning experience for students.

The Toolkit consists of the following 'tools'

(1) The Quality Model

The Quality Model has been developed to guide practice, and reflection on practice, in order to enhance the health and quality of the learning experience for those engaged in the learning and teaching of languages.

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(2) Frame of Reference

The Frame of Reference constitutes an overview of languages in higher education in Europe and is intended to provide a disciplinary context for the Quality Model. The field of languages is described in 5 areas: Language Learning, Intercultural Communication, Literature and Culture, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and Language Teacher Education.

(3) Examples from practice

Examples from practice are case studies developed by the LanQua project team in the five areas described in the Frame of Reference. They are intended to offer concrete examples of quality processes and approaches mainly drawn from reflective practice (informal quality enhancement) or national/institutional frameworks (formal quality assurance).

(4) Guidance notes

The guidance notes offer suggestions and recommendations for teachers, managers, policy makers and quality assurance bodies on the ways in which the LanQua resources can be used in practice or adapted for other subject areas/sectors.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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