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Quality management system for fide language courses

Commissioned by: the Federal Office for Migration (FOM)

Direction: Malgorzata Barras
Research associate: Mirjam Andexlinger
Duration: 2014

Summary (in German, French and Italian)

The FOM has issued a mandate to the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg to develop a quality strategy for fide language courses. The purpose of the strategy is to create a common understanding of fide’s didactic principles and to support the implementation of fide in practices used to support language learning. The evaluation of the introductory fide courses carried out last year and various comments from educational institutions have shown that fide is still interpreted in a variety of ways. The quality strategy is therefore called on to define quality criteria of fide language courses.

The quality strategy will additionally set out guidelines for introducing fide into practices used in promoting language learning. Because Switzerland already offers a number of tools to support language learning, and because the cantons have a great deal of experience in quality development, the quality strategy is designed to build on existing good practices while making allowances for linguistic regions and for specific circumstances in the cantons.

The project results, in particular the first draft of a quality assurance strategy, has been forwarded to the fide steering group. The steering group is to finalise the strategy and prepare a pilot phase for its introduction.