SMARTI

About SMARTI Project

Introduction and Background

SMARTI supports the development and implementation of comprehensive EMI pedagogical Core Curricula for HEI level teaching courses using EMI for Russia and Armenia.

EMI has emerged as a major innovation for simultaneously improving levels of language learning and reforming educational curricula. Due to its constructivist methodological principles, it empowers not only teachers, but also learners. Having spread from European contexts EMI is now influencing QA of academic content in international tertiary paradigms across Europe. The major drivers are not only the learning outcomes achieved, but also the acute need for educational adaptation in a rapidly changing world, and integrated solutions being examined by teachers, researchers and administrators.

English as a Medium for Instruction (EMI) is a current phenomenon. This project can be described as innovative as it offers to develop, teach, mark, test and benchmark a sustainable model of teacher training and retraining based on EMI pedagogy integrated into student-centred learning and the project method.

Innovating Elements

Development of the cross-disciplinary competence model and EMI descriptors for pedagogical skills of university teachers delivering EMI courses comparable to EU standards and national qualifications framework. It involves consideration of student-centered skills based on the requirements set by today’s labor market and employers to the quality of university graduates.

Development of EMI educational tools and student-centered teaching methods applicable for HEIs based on the analysis of EU best practices and with regard to the characteristics of the higher education systems of the project participants.

A student centered learning combined with the project method. The plan is to integrate this approach into existing curriculum and programme in order to create and maintain a supportive and effective EMI teaching/ learning environment

Summary

The priority of the SMARTI project aims at enhancing the quality and the effectiveness of teaching. The project will help improve the teaching capacity of the project participants and will benefit the higher education systems of PCs by enhancing cross-disciplinary teacher competences and introducing new approaches in education.

 

This project supports teacher and student mobility and attracts international students at the respective universities with all the added benefits this brings. The establishment of EMI Centres will bring new academic and research networking among all partners directly involved into the project. Judging from the previous projects, no similar ones have been carried out in any of the PC HEIs. EMI pedagogical training using the ECTS/TUNING framework as a tool of QA of academic content makes the project an innovative offer for both countries and their participating HEIs.