Prof. Rositsa Penkova, DSc.
Department for Information and In-Service Training of Teachers
Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
Abstract. The paper presents training programmes for teachers of Bulgarian language and literature and foreign languages aimed at acquiring Professional Qualification Levels (PQL). The specifics of each Professional Qualification Level is dealt with in detail with a specific focus on the system of continuous professional development courses for language teachers delivered at the Department of Information and In-service Teacher Training (Sofia University „St. Kliment Oridski“). The content of the training courses aimed at the Fifth and the Fourth PQL is outlined. Two learning modules – part of the general post-graduate course
for pedagogic specialists are discussed in relation to the requirements for the
professional pedagogic specialisation aimed at acquiring the Third PQL. Training
programmes aimed at the highest degrees – the Second and the First PQL, which are
of a diagnostic and innovative character are also analysed.
Keywords: continuous professional development; training programme; teacher of Bulgarian language and literature; foreign languages; language teachers; speech genres; qualification credits; Professional Qualification Level (PQL); assessment criteria
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