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ECML programme - programme 2008-2011

ECML Programme 2008-2011:
Empowering language professionals

Competences – Networks – Impact – Quality

Introduction

The current ECML programme (2008-2011) takes place against the backdrop of major international developments in the sphere of education (e.g. the “White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue” of the Council of Europe as a contribution to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008). Within this political context there is increasing demand on the professional skills of teachers who are expected to contribute to national education reform processes. Concrete challenges are: standard-linked tuition, result-oriented assessment, greater autonomy of educational institutions and increasing ethnic and cultural heterogeneity among students.

23 projects have been selected, in four thematic areas:

Evaluation
Continuity in
language learning
Content and
language education
Plurilingual education

 Download the programme brochure

Glossary – ECML programme 2008-2011 Empowering language professionals” (286 pages) |
Glossaire – Programme 2008-2011 du CELV “Valoriser les professionnels en langues” (286 pages) |
Glossar – Programm des EFSZ 2008-2011 “Sprachlehrende in ihrer Rolle stärken" (286 Seiten)

Quality Assurance - ECML Programme Evaluation

On the following page we present the general scheme for the programme evaluation of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe. The purpose of the scheme is to establish a common institutional basis to standardise and professionalise evaluative methods and facilitate dialogue with relevant partners and stakeholders. The framework is expected to be consistent with internationally accepted evaluation norms, standards and good practices.

Consultants

As part of its quality assurance procedures, the ECML calls on the assistance of external programme consultants to provide feedback on ongoing activities, to contribute to the evaluation of projects and to review the publications and other results arising from them
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The consultants also contribute to transparency towards the Centre’s stakeholders by assisting in systematic and effective evaluation of the quality and impact of its activities, products and services. Finally, their involvement facilitates wider professional communication of the ECML’s work in the expert community.

ECML consultants are appointed for a four-year period covering a medium-term programme. They are chosen according to their professional expertise, their experience at European level and their commitment to reform in European language education.

Isabel Landsiedler

Director
Language Centre treffpunkt sprachen, Graz University

Hanna Komorowska

Full professor
Institut of English, Warsaw University

Projects: DOTS, ELP-WSU, ELP-TT2>
ELP-TT3, E-VOLLUTION, GULT
 
Projects: EPLC, CLIL-CD, CONBAT, Qualitraining2Plurimobil
 

Frank Heyworth

Special Adviser
EAQUALS (The European Association of Quality Language Services)

Sauli Takala

Sauli Takala

University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Professor emeritus in Applied Linguistics

Projects: CARAP, EBC-ICI, MARILLE, LACS, CLIL-LOTE-START, CLIL-LOTE-GO Projects: EPOSTL2, ECEP, AYLLIT,
CEF-ESTIM, RELEX>ClassRELEX 
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Programme objectives

Enhancing the professional competence of language teachers

ECML activities seek not only to encourage teachers and other actors in language education to acquire new knowledge in their field of expertise, but also, and even more importantly, to see that this knowledge is put into effective practice in their working environment. Through this process of professional development, individual language experts will be able to make a better contribution to change and innovation in their work. Support for language professionals as agents of change is therefore a direct investment in higher quality language learning.

Strengthening professional networks and the wider community of language educators

The dissemination of the major principles and instruments promoting enhanced standards in language education developed by the European organisations can only be achieved via effective information and communication structures. The sharing of knowledge, ideas and initiatives throughout the wider professional community of practice will have a powerful impact on the content and quality of the work of the individual, on overall developments in theory and practice, and on the cohesion of the educational community and its public profile.

Enabling language professionals to have greater impact on reform processes

The ECML’s support for language education professionals and their networks will help teachers play a more influential role in their professional environment. They will also be better equipped to participate effectively in the consultations involved in decision-making processes.

Contributing to better quality of language education in Europe

Through the improved competences, stronger networks and greater impact of its members, the language-teaching profession will become more actively involved in improving standards in language education.
 

Publications

Thematic Area: Evaluation

Assessment of young learner literacy linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
(AYLITT)
Flyer
Website
 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - level estimation grid for teachers
(CEFESTIM)
Flyer
Website

Encouraging the culture of evaluation among professionals
(ECEP)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 

Piloting and implementing the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages
(EPOSTL2)
Flyer
Website

Guidelines for university language testing
(GULT)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 

QualiTraining at Grassroots Level
(QUALITRAINING)
Flyer
Website

Classroom Assessment related to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
(RelEx)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 

   

 Thematic Area: Content and Language Education

Curriculum development for Content and Language Integrated Learning
(CLIL-CD)
Flyer
Website
 

Good practice in Content and Language Integrated Learning for languages other than English
(CLIL-LOTE-GO)


Flyer
Website
Presentation

 
Content and Language Integrated Learning through languages other than English – Getting started
(CLIL-LOTE-START)
Flyer
Website
 
Content based teaching plurilingual/cultural awareness
(CONBAT+)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 
Content-based teaching for young learners
(EPLC)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 
   

Thematic Area: Continuity in Language Learning

Developing Online Teaching Skills
(DOTS)
Flyer
Website

Training teachers to use the European Language Portfolio - Follow-up project
(ELP-TT3)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 

The European Language Portfolio in whole-school use
(ELP-WSU)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
Exploring cutting edge applications of networked technologies in vocationally oriented language learning
(E-VOLLUTION)
Flyer
Website
 
Mobility programmes for plurilingual and intercultural education – tools for language teachers
(PLURIMOBIL)
Flyer
Website
 
   

Thematic Area: Plurilingualism


A framework of reference for pluralistic approaches
(CARAP)
Flyer
Website
Presentation
 

Minority languages, collateral languages and bi-/plurilingual education
(EBP-ICI)
Flyer
Website

Language associations and collaborative support
(LACS)
Flyer
Website

Majority language instruction as basis for plurilingual education
(MARILLE)
Flyer
Website
Presentation