Programme 2012-2015 -
Learning through languages

Promoting inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural education

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The new programme builds on the Centre’s previous work and widens its scope to move beyond the foreign language classroom to include all linguistic abilities and the needs of all groups of learners.

Within this context language(s) represent(s) the principal medium through which learning is achieved, so the programme will address not just the foreign language classroom but the teaching of the language of schooling, of other languages present in the educational environment and the languages used in subject teaching ( formal learning). Projects will also focus on  informal and non-formal language learning and on the dialogue with stakeholders involved in the education process ( mediation). more

As part of its quality assurance procedures, the ECML calls on the assistance of external programme consultants.

This new programme reflects both the mission of the Centre and the current concerns of its member states and partners in the area of language education (e.g. the Council of Europe’s Language Policy Unit and the ECML’s Professional Network Forum).

The programme is based on a long-term vision aiming at developing inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural pedagogic approaches reaching beyond the foreign language classroom and encompassing all linguistic abilities and needs of all groups of learners in a lifelong-learning process (in-school and out-of-school). This vision is based upon concepts recently developed by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe and recommendations adopted by the Committee of Ministers representing the Council’s 47 member states.

The projects

Plurilingual whole school curricula
European portfolio for student teachers of pre-primary education
Mobility programmes for sustainable plurilingual and intercultural learning
Diversity in majority language learning – Supporting teacher education
Signed languages for professional purposes
Literacies through Content and Language Integrated Learning: effective learning across subjects and languages
(CLIL and literacy)
Developing migrants’ language competences at work
Collaborative Community Approach to Migrant Education
Empowering language networks
ECML publications for plurilingual & intercultural education in use
Plurilingual and intercultural competences: descriptors and teaching materials
(CARAP national networks)
Involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education
Language descriptors for migrant and minority learners' success in compulsory education
(Language descriptors)
Using open resources to develop online teaching skills
(More DOTS)
Languages in corporate quality

ECML training and consultancy for member states

This new ECML activity format is intended to respond in a targeted and bilateral way to the needs of ECML member states requesting support for developments in language education. It aims to strengthen the Centre’s cooperation with ministries and decision-makers in member states.
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