Are you involved in education, perhaps as a learner, parent, student-teacher, teacher, headteacher, teacher educator, curriculum developer, inspector or policy maker? Are you looking for information and inspiring ideas in the areas of education for democratic citizenship, human rights and the contribution language education makes to these wider fields? If so, why not arrange a visit to the ECML, based in Graz, Austria?
In our Communication and Resource Centre, we can introduce you to the ECML and the wider Council of Europe and provide input according to your specific needs.
Below you will find a typical visit programme with examples of additional input for the following target groups: language professionals including language researchers, primary and secondary teachers of all subjects and school pupils.
Once we know and understand your specific needs and areas of interest, the exact programme of your visit will be adapted accordingly.
A typical visit programme
The typical visit programme includes:
- a presentation of the Council of Europe and its European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), with an overview of key developments in the field of education and language education, including the European Day of Languages
- a visit to the Communication and Resource Centre where you can:
- help yourself to a wide range of leaflets on education for human rights and democratic citizenship and on ECML resources;
- consult the library collection of European Language Portfolios (ELP) and of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
- browse the John Trim collection documenting the work of the Council of Europe in the field of languages between 1961 and 2002
- a (digital) group photo, as a souvenir of your visit
- an exchange of views and answers to your questions
Additional input for education professionals with a specific interest in language education
Language professionals can request additional input focusing on
- A selection of the following ECML thematic areas:
- Sign languages
- Plurilingual and intercultural education
- New media in language education
- Migrant education and employment
- Evaluation and assessment
- Early language learning
- Content integrated language learning (CLIL)
- Languages of schooling
- Specific ECML projects (www.ecml.at/programme)
- Detailed information on the European Day of Languages including ideas for how to celebrate the day and access to a range of classroom resources
- Languages professionals who are interested in the history of the Communicative Approach and the development of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages might also be interested in requesting the workshop on the John Trim collection (for further details please see section entitled “Workshop: John Trim collection”)
John Trim collection workshop A: for future and current language teachers
A workshop focusing on the “John Trim collection”, a collection of almost 11 000 resources documenting the work of the Council of Europe in the area of language education from 1961 and 2002. In addition to a presentation of the major contribution of the Council of Europe to language education (including the history of the Communicative Approach and developments leading to the CEFR), teachers will have a chance to critically examine examples of classroom activities and consider how they can be made more communicative and adapted to meet the needs of today’s learners.
John Trim collection workshop B: for language education Master students and researchers
A workshop focusing on the “John Trim collection”, a collection of almost 11 000 resources documenting the work of the Council of Europe in the area of language education from 1961 and 2002. In addition to a presentation of the major contribution of the Council of Europe to language education (including the history of the Communicative Approach and developments leading to the CEFR), the potential use of the John Trim collection for research purposes will be explored.