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Migration and language education

Today Europe is home to millions of first, second and third generation immigrants as well as ethnic minority communities. The ECML has a number of publications and on-going projects dedicated to language education for migrants both at school and in the workplace, as well as advice and guidance for decision-makers and employers on how to benefit from this diversity.

Introduction

There are now more than 50 million people in Europe living in a country other than the one in which they were born. Language education, and in particular the learning of the language of the host country, has a major role to play in supporting the integration of young and adult migrants into education systems, the labour market and society at large. This integration in turn helps create a more socially cohesive Europe. The ECML has a number of publications and projects related to migration and language education.
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How the work of the ECML contributes to language education for migrants

A number of projects in present and past ECML programmes have directly addressed the language needs of migrants:  Read more

Experts in this field

Gabriela Munteanu Cabon
 France
Areas of expertise: Adult Education; Common European Framework of Reference; Distance Learning; European Language Portfolio; Foreign Language Didactics; Foreign Language for Specific Purposes/Partial Competences; French as a Foreign Language; Grammar; ...
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Silvia Josephine Žele
 Slovenia
Areas of expertise: English as a Foreign Language; Migrant children; Secondary Level; Translation and Interpretation; ...
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Sofia Stratilaki
 France
Areas of expertise: Applied Linguistics; Bilingual Education; Discourse Analysis; Early Language Learning; European Language Portfolio; Foreign Language Didactics; French as a Foreign Language; German as a Foreign Language; ...
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Régine Dautry-Norguet
 France
Areas of expertise: Adult Education; Bilingual Education; Communication Training; French as a Foreign Language; Higher Education; Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Education; In-service Training; ...
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Gunnar Stenberg
 Sweden
Has previously worked with the ECML
Areas of expertise: Common European Framework of Reference; Curriculum Development; Early Language Learning; European Language Portfolio; Lesser Used or Taught Languages; Plurilingual Education; Regional or Minority Languages; Romani Education; ...
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Keith Zammit
 Malta
Areas of expertise: Adult Education; Applied Linguistics; Bilingual Education; Blended teaching and learning; Classroom Observation; Cognitive linguistics ; Common European Framework of Reference; Communication Training; ...
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Barbara Ottaviano Sommeregger
 Austria
Areas of expertise: Adult Education; Common European Framework of Reference; Communication Training; Foreign Language Didactics; German as a Foreign Language; Grammar; Information and Communication Technologies; Intercultural Competence; ...
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Marijanca Ajša Vižintin
 Slovenia
Areas of expertise: Bilingual Education; Early Language Learning; Employment and Languages; Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Competence; Intercultural Education; International Projects; Language across the curriculum; ...
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Petra Szablewski-Cavus
 Germany
Has previously worked with the ECML
Areas of expertise: Adult Education; Blended teaching and learning; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); Communication Training; Cultural Studies/Civilisation/Landeskunde; Discourse Analysis; Foreign Language for Specific Purposes/Partial Competences; Innovative Approaches in Language Teaching; ...
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Ondrej Lastovka
 Austria
Areas of expertise: Blended teaching and learning; Classroom Observation; Foreign Language Didactics; German as a Foreign Language; Intercultural Competence; International Projects; Literacy Development; Migrant children; ...
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Featured resources

Collaborative Community Approach to Migrant Education. A virtual open course for educators

The resources offer innovative ways to enhance young migrants’ education by developing links between schools, the home and local partners in education. This educational joint venture develops the learners’ skills in the language of schooling as well as their plurilingual competences.

Available in English and French
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Language skills for successful subject learning. CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics (Language Descriptors)

These resources highlight challenges for young learners in subject classes where the language of instruction is not their first language. The focus is on minimum language standards in history/civics and mathematics for learners aged 12/13 and 15/16. The language descriptors are linked to CEFR levels A2, B1 and B2 and available in six languages.

Available in English and French
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A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development

Language for Work is a European learning network for professionals teaching the language of the host country to migrants and ethnic minorities in work-related contexts. The network helps members share and develop their practice.

Available in English
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Upcoming events


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11-12

Aug 2016
"Supporting Multilingual Classrooms"
Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in Language Learning, ECML-EC Cooperation Agreement 2015-2016
Venue: Reykjavik, Iceland
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8-9

Sep 2016
"Supporting Multilingual Classrooms"
Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in Language Learning, ECML-EC Cooperation Agreement 2015-2016
Venue: Helsinki, Finland
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19-20

Sep 2016
"Supporting Multilingual Classrooms"
Expert meeting
Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in Language Learning, ECML-EC Cooperation Agreement 2015-2016
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
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International events calendar


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23-25

Jun 2016
Migration und Generation
Conference
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