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Inspiring language learning in the early years
Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12


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About the project

The project ‘Inspiring Language Learning – why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3 to 12’ (ILLEY) was established after the Think Tank held by the ECML in December 2016. ILLEY aims to support teachers and educators in preparing young children, age 3 to 12 years (‘the Early Years) to successfully face the challenges of a culturally and linguistically diverse world. Language learning in the early years has been promoted by the Council of Europe as a means of celebrating and making every young person aware of Europe’s linguistic and cultural diversity.

The envisaged outcomes of the project are:

  • to encourage teachers and educators to consider the linguistic potential to (further) develop their own communicative competences, whether they come from a largely monolingual or a plurilingual language learning context;

  • to support teachers and educators in fostering positive and welcoming attitudes towards language learning and linguistic and cultural diversity in their educational setting and beyond;

  • to provide teachers and educators from different countries and educational contexts with the opportunity to exchange ideas through the multi-levelled website resulting from this project;

  • to support teachers and educators in implementing a comprehensive and consistent approach to language learning by providing them with the tools appropriate to the specific context of their setting.