What needs does the project aim to address?
This project consists of three parts:
- By encouraging teachers and other educators to reflect on their attitudes and views on languages and cultures and how these influence their teaching, this project highlights language education which respects linguistic and cultural diversity by recognising, valuing and actively engaging the linguistic repertoires of all pupils, teachers and educators who are involved in early language learning.
- This project also supports educational staff and teachers in designing learning scenarios in culturally diverse contexts by providing appropriate teaching and learning methods and materials based on existing resources (especially those produced by the ECML). The emphasis is placed on the accessibility of the materials and on providing coherence and continuity from pre-primary to primary (and secondary).
- Lastly, this project aims to make educational professionals aware of, support and evaluate the language skills of young learners through the provision of formative tools which not only make individual progress visible, but also visualise and value individual linguistic repertoires.
These three components consider the diversity of the various educational contexts at a European level and therefore apply not only to multilingual but also to monolingual contexts.
Innovative aspects of the project
The project targets learners as well as teachers and other educators. Equal importance is therefore given to both early language teaching and learning.
This project aims to “build bridges”:
- Between different levels of education and learning with an emphasis on coherence and continuity in language education from pre-primary to the end of primary education. With regards to ECML teaching resources, the project is not limited to existing resources but will also provide recommendations for the development of additional tools (for example the design of a portfolio for teaching and learning languages in the primary sector, similar to the European Portfolio for Pre-school Educators (Pepelino)).
- Between the existing linguistic repertoires and the language skills to be developed. This project, therefore, will demonstrate how the existing linguistic repertoire of the teachers, educators and learners can be (further) developed and used in the teaching and learning of (additional) languages.