1991 – so 27 years old now – we’ve been around for a while – funded at a time when Europe was opening up. Languages became even more important for good relations and mobility and work..
Eaquals standards are (nearly) unique – they apply in all types of language teaching situation – university centres as well as private language schools.
Non profit – means that Eaquals is there to serve its members and the wider language community – and all its funds are used to benefit language education
Our values are taken from the Council of Europe – the importance of language learning for global citizenship –
Mention our links with the Council of Europe Supports the free movement of people and ideas Increases understanding between people of different languages and cultures etc
It is important to emphasise the international context in which EAQUALS operates.
EAQUALS members are
141 Accredited (must undergo an Eaquals inspection) - language providers (teaching centres ) from 37 countries both inside and outside the European union. Language course providers are by their nature international organisations and being part of an organisation that reaches out to and brings together this many countries means gaining an insight (academic and non, both linguistic and non) into what is happening across the language education sector
70 accredited members – single centres. 60 are part of groups and chains, 13 university language centres – our fastest growing sector.
Associate members – 32 Project partners – 4 Many countries have their own prominent accreditation organisations or national bodies for quality control of language course provision. EAQUALS counts among its members:
12 national accreditation schemes/associations - we have helped to influence and develop their schemes (and they ours)
Also national bodies that promote their language and culture EAQUALS brings these bodies together to create a unique network of experts – they work with our accredited schools to….
Helping language centres and language teachers in practical ways
Helping countries and national associations to develop their own QA schemes
Helping define the skills all language teachers need – not just for English but for any language
Form partnerships Get involved in cross-border projects Practical support for your events
TT seminar packs Support in tersm of working with CEFR, certificate fo attainment.
Some examples of work we have done to develop resources for everyone to use and to raise quality standards in teaching centres that are not Eaquals members.
NB – VOLUNTARY not compulsory
Many/even most of our members are already accredited and inspected by other schemes – some are compulsory and expensive.
So Eaquals aims to be different and complementary to those schemes.
ALSO – has developed a system that is valid in different education sectors, for different languages, and in different countries and contexts.
Justin Vollmer: Introduction to Eaquals
Introduction to Eaquals
Eaquals: more than just another inspection…
An international non-profit membership association for
language education professionals, founded in 1991
to foster excellence in the teaching of any language
by providing guidance and support
…....We help good language centres to become
Join our international community
A network of experts
• National quality associations
• Cultural organisations
• Examination providers
• Educational publishers
Working to raise standards
Accreditation & inspections: high international standards protect learners
Training & consultancy: helping good language centres become even
International conferences & training workshops: to share expertise
New practical resources: to support language centres in their work
Educational work for the public benefit: in partnership with Council of
Our expertise & influence
building at local
& national level
of Reference for
What does this mean for you?
Take part in the international world of language education
Share expertise with international experts and professionals who
care about quality
Practical support for your institution:
• A roadmap for future development
• Annual professional training event – just members
• Webinars for members
• Teacher award scheme
Enhanced international recognition – communications, events
• Eaquals representative at 22 industry events in 2018
• E.g. ALPHE, ICEF Berlin
Resources on our website
Applying the CEFR in your classrooms
Course design and assessment packs
Supporting in-service teacher development
European Profiling Grid and eGrid
Eaquals Framework for Language Teacher Training &
Working in partnership to benefit the
language education community
EU-funded projects: European Profiling Grid, Quality
Core Inventory for General English (with the British Council)
With the Council of Europe: work to support the linguistic
integration of adult migrants
With ISO: developing new standards for providers of learning
services and language learning services
With ALTE: the Eaquals-ALTE electronic language portfolio
Eaquals accreditation – values and approach
Partnership – practical help and advice to prepare
Benchmarks – your objectives as well as Eaquals standards
Feedback and recommendations from experienced experts
Support for further development
The Quality Cycle – a positive approach
New initiatives &
Support for applicants
Self Assessment Handbook – an internal benchmarking exercise
How well does my institution meet the Eaquals standards?
Consultancy from the Director of Accreditation
Optional - Advisory Site Visit and/or desk review
What do I need to improve to meet the standards?
Review by an Eaquals inspector + feedback, advice and a written report
Prepare for an inspection
Develop and implement systems and processes.
Advice from Director of Accreditation, and extra training if required
Apply for an inspection
Printed resources: Guide for Institutions and Inspection Manual
Find out more at:
FIRST INSPECTION FEE 2,095 €
(Professional fee based on a 2-day inspection by 2 inspectors)
Additional inspector day/s for large language centres 690 €
PRE-INSPECTION ADVISORY SERVICE FEE 1,395 €
(Professional fee based on a 1-day site visit by 1 inspector)
Additional inspector day/s for large language centres € 480 €
Plus EXPENSES - Centres will be expected to cover the cost of the inspectors’ travel, local
accommodation and subsistence (50€ per day per inspector, plus 25€ per travel day).
Eaquals Self-Assessment Handbook
and consultancy online with Director of Accreditation 375 €
Annual fees for single Accredited members
Large Centre (more than 150,000 SH or 10,000 SW) 2660 €
Medium Centre (more than 150,000 SH or 10,000 SW) 2380 €
Small Centre (more than 150,000 SH or 10,000 SW) 1810 €
Annual fees for Associate Member 1660 €
Annual fees for Project partner 1060 €