What needs does the project aim to address?
Many teachers are not sufficiently aware of the fact that young second language learners need a lot of language support in subject classes but the reality in today’s classrooms is that all teachers need to provide linguistic support for their learners, irrespective of the subject they teach.
The project aims to provide subject teachers with practical procedures to identify and support their learners. The procedures developed will enable teachers to reflect on different ways to include plurilingual and intercultural approaches in their teaching, approaches which learners can draw on and apply when learning new subject content.
The project also aims to disseminate the CEFR-based tool developed in the “Language skills for successful subject learning” project (ECML 2012-2015). The language requirements, which were defined for different age groups in history/civics and in mathematics, will serve as reference points for the material produced.
Innovative aspects of the project
There are two innovative aspects of this project as it aims to develop:
- a procedure by which subject teachers can identify the concrete language needs of their learners;
- samples of language supportive teaching materials for 12/13 year old learners in different subjects.