The Finnish-Bulgarian educational project called “Consulting Services for Foreign Language Training Upgrading in Bulgarian Schools” aimed at covering the evaluation of the currently used teacher training programmes, teaching methods and actual foreign language teaching practices in Bulgarian schools. It also dealt with evaluation of some currently used teaching materials in Bulgaria.
The main evaluation areas covered (i) the concept of knowledge and learning, (ii) curricular design, (iii) FL teacher education, (iv) FL teachers' work as professionalism, (v) methodological approaches, (vi) pupils' FL proficiency, (vii) physical and psychological teaching and learning conditions, (viii) evaluation of FL teaching materials, (ix) equality and (in)equity, and (x) axiological infrastructure, and Bulgarian nationwide FL policy.
The evaluation paradigm was based on an ethnographic approach, complemented with some quantitative data gathering techniques. Besides observation and interviewing, a range of questionnaires and self-assessment tests were administered to Bulgarian teachers (n=100), teacher educators (n=25) and teacher trainees (n=9). Finnish matriculation examination tests representing several languages were also administered to Bulgarian pupils. The data were gathered from 19 Bulgarian schools.