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Plurilingual and intercultural competences: descriptors and teaching materials (FREPA)

Training in the principles and practice of plurilingual and intercultural approaches to increase the efficiency in language learning, learning to learn by taking into account the linguistic repertoire of each learner and opening up to otherness.


This programme supports Member states that are planning to integrate a plurilingual and intercultural dimension into their education system, at all levels and for all learners, in or outside the school system.

Plurilingual and intercultural education does not replace existing language learning, but facilitates it by helping learners to establish links with what they already know or can already do.

But how is this to be achieved? How can relevant competences be defined? How can curricula target at the development of those competences? Which school subjects are concerned? How to train teachers for this purpose? The set of instruments developed by the FREPA team opens ways for developing plurilingual and intercultural competences of learners of all ages, from early learners and adult learners – and in all contexts, e.g. “normal” schools, bilingual schooling, minority language contexts,(re-) migrant learners, European schools, vocational training.

Target groups

  • teachers of languages and other subjects;
  • teacher trainers;
  • curriculum developers;
  • textbook writers;
  • policy makers, decision takers.

Results and benefits

The immediate result/benefit will be that the participating education professionals are supported in their effort to review existing practice in (language) teaching and to identify areas where materials and approaches presented by the team will be of use.

The impact/long term-benefit will be that

  • the need for coherent development of plurilingual and intercultural education is understood and widely accepted by relevant stakeholders;
  • priorities are set for areas of development and
  • practical instruments are made available to implement the new approaches.

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Requests for a training and consultancy activity must be submitted via the national ECML representative in the Governing Board. Educational professionals interested in a particular activity should therefore contact their national representative.

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FREPA training and Consultancy offer

Trainings can be conducted in English, French or German.

This offer is targeted at teachers of languages and other subjects, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, policy makers and decision takers. It provides individual workshops adapted to local/national needs.

Training in the use of FREPA online:

  • list of competences
  • didactic materials
  • tools for teacher trainings
  • national networks for plurilingual approaches

Possible topics :

  • further development of a specific plurilingual approach (for example : integrated didactics
  • use of FREPA descriptors for knowledge, attitudes and skills for the refinement of a training course or series
  • search of didactic materials in the database
  • adaptation of didactic materials
  • development of training sessions for teachers
  • plurilingual approaches and education policies.

Content and form of training will be determined in direct collaboration with the local contact person.

Provision of member state

To ensure the quality of the proposed activities 1-3 days of training should be foreseen. A half-day activity could be embedded into a training course on a similar topic.

see also: Practical information