*in cooperation with the European Commission
From 13th to 14th December 2017, the ECML is organising a colloquium entitled "Teacher education for linguistic diversity: the contribution of the ECML".
With the increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural composition of classrooms around Europe, this topic has become a central issue in language education; it has been addressed in several ECML projects and is given current priority by the European Commission.
This one and a half day event will bring together several renowned experts in the field of pluralistic and pluricultural approaches to discuss progress that has been made in this field in recent years, giving special emphasis to how projects initiated under the auspices of the ECML have supported the development and expansion of this important area. The colloquium will provide an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate the contributions made by the plethora of didactic research and innovative practices which have arisen over the past fifteen years.
At the core of this colloquium will be the contribution made by the Framework of References for Pluralistic Approaches (FREPA) and its impact on different aspects of language education throughout Europe.
Presentations and discussions will devote specific attention to:
- supporting multilingual classroom and language-sensitive teaching
- teaching tools for supporting diversity in education
- the role of plurilingualism in new curricula
- plurilingual curricula scenarios at different educational stages
- reference frameworks for pluralistic approaches in teacher education
- the perspective of the European Union
- examples of responses to linguistic diversity is specific member states
This colloquium will be of particular interest to those who are engaged in pluralistic education, whether as teachers, teacher educators or curriculum designers, and aims to support their efforts in facilitating change in this area. The contributions from experts from different European countries will provide valuable insights from various European perspectives.
The event takes place in cooperation with the European Commission, within the framework of the EC-ECML "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning" joint action and in particular its "Supporting multilingual classrooms" initiative.