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Learning environments where modern languages flourish

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EOL uses a simple definition of learning environments based on the association of culture (contents, values, and objectives), structure (organisation, means, spaces) and people (human resources, personal and professional development). The whole EOL project is based on the concept of a symbiotic approach, which is the idea that a learning environment becomes favourable if its three components, i.e. culture, structure and people, interact with each other. Discover all the thinking behind EOL here, and more specifically, find out how to implement the symbiotic approach to develop language-friendly learning environments!

EOL matrix

The matrix gives an overview of different fields and areas which might support schools in developing learning environments where modern languages flourish. By matching 4 “environmental levels” with 5 dimensions of language learning, the matrix should help schools identify new opportunities for and through languages. The goal is works towards creating a language friendly learning environment in your school. The matrix is a dynamic tool which has been tested and improved throughout the 4 years of the EOL project. The matrix is connected to a glossary as well as to a range of different tools and resources.

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Please note: These definitions relate to this specific project. The same terms may be defined differently elsewhere.

Items in total: 7


language school policy

language school profile

learning environments

linguistic landscape

plurilingual and intercultural competence

quality in language education

To the ECML glossaries overview page

The TrEOL tool

With the TrEOL tool you can start identifying your challenges in terms of strengths and priorities. It is a tool for teams.

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Team member Kristin Brogan on the EOL holistic philosophy

Team member Sivia Minardi on EOL learning and teaching environments