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“Pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures: a framework of reference and teaching tools” – Training seminar for teachers of/in French in Finland

(15-16 April 2016, Turun ammatti-instituutti, Turku)

Author: Catherine Seewald/31 May 2016/Categories: Finland, Plurilingual education, 6mtp TAC Plurilingual education, CARAP

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A new elementary and secondary education curriculum will be introduced in Finland from August 2016. Both school curricula emphasize the varied skills at whole-school level and in all subjects. These skills are divided into seven areas; the competence to think and learn, cultural and communicative competence, competence of daily life, multiliteracy, digital competence, professional competence and, finally, the competence to contribute to and influence a sustainable future.

Thinking in particular about the pluralistic competences in languages and cultures, language teachers, especially those teaching French as a subject or using it, need specific tools that they can or will be able to use once the new curricula have been introduced. Knowing the ECML‘s solid experience in this area,  experts from the Centre were invited through the National Board of Education of Finland to share their practices and thoughts on the subject with them. After a theoretical introduction, teachers were familiarized with examples of good practice; they carried out practical activities and collected ideas on how to implement them in their classes - at all educational levels.


ECML moderators: Brigitte Gerber, Switzerland; Michel Candelier, France

Local organisation:

  • Marie-Aude Boucher, Deputy Headmaster in charge of French studies at the Franco-Finnish secondary school
  • Therese Almén, Chair of the Association of French Teachers in Finland (APFF)
  • Sophie Cecilia, Cooperation Attaché for French, French Institute of Finland

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