Title The English Speaking Sportsworld
Project Number 2011-1-FR1-LEO05-24455
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Nowadays, English is the most frequently used language in the sports world, during technical meetings, competitions, refereeing, or during press conferences.
Yet today, a large majority of the staff, as well as athletes have difficulty expressing themselves in English.
The project aimed at improving the level of Technical Language of English for Sports (TLES) of sports professionals and athletes by proposing them a vocational educational training (VET) which meets their English needs.
The tangible result was the creation of VET English programmes destined to reach the bodies in charge of training coaches, referees, judges, managers, athletes, sport students, vocational institutions, that is to say, Universities in charge of Sports, Federations, Olympic Committees, Sporting institutes, etc...
This project included a methodological guide and an interactive learning tool for TLES which allows sportspeople to master the TLES more easily.
The sports world interacts in a context which is more and more international (an increase in international competitions, in training courses abroad) and in which the language of communication is essentially English. Because of the opening of the borders and under the aegis of the community law, more and more players and coaches negotiate contracts abroad.
There is an increasing number of international exchanges in participation and competitive sports where English plays a major role.
Coaches need knowledge in English to adapt to the international context. Most of the arbitration during the international competitions is done in English and access to this role of referee, requires for the most part of sports, a perfect knowledge of the regulations in English. Managers, in order to be represented in the international institutions have to analyse and defend their viewpoints in English.
In France, there is a compulsory English test for the access to become a civil servant in the domain of sport. For athletes, English is necessary to communicate with players and coaches, and also to master the environment during the training courses and the competitions abroad, in particular for the high-level sportspersons who are the ambassadors of their country during international competitions.
The increase in demands from federations, clubs or individuals for English has skyrocketed and the institutions are no longer able to keep up. They appeal to outside people who have little specialization in sports to meet the general needs of English but not the specific needs linked to the technical language.
By pointing out the wealth which this TLES represents at the core of the training courses offered and by valuing the staff’s mastery of this TLES, the project emphasizes key skills inherent to this professional context.
This process enabled training institutions and language teachers to have at their disposal a TLES curriculum common to all the sports with more specific contents for the disciplines of Table Tennis, Volleyball and Basketball which is with sound, interactive, and elaborated from real situations taken from a professional context.
It was necessary to facilitate the acquisition of TLES for the learner, by providing exercises allowing the learner to reuse this vocabulary, and by encouraging that person to revise their general knowledge of grammar, in the particular context of a sport.
The methodology offered the learner autonomy in his/her learning. The learner is able to study at his/her own pace whenever and wherever he/she wants.
The project’s objective was to give value to the acquisition of this specific know-how by integrating it into the contents of teacher training and by offering the possibility of evaluating one’s own mastery.
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Four demos with sports contents are available on the site: www.englishinsport.eu
A promotional clip is available at the same address
The project originates in a partnership PARTES (PARtnership for Technical English in Sport) which has its webpage: www.englishinsport.eu