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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: a flexible symbiotic project that can be offered to specific audiences

For some young people, learning takes place outside of school, sometimes in a very constrained environment such as a prison or hospital environment. For others, the journey was marked by dropping out and resuming training in a “second chance school” type establishment.

EOL, through its symbiotic approach, makes it possible to take into account the specificities of the three components of the learning environment considered – structure, culture and people. Their synergy creates optimal learning conditions for learners whose receptivity is often difficult and for whom speaking is essential in order to pursue their personal journey. The development of transversal skills such as the enhancement of personal skills, openness to otherness, the construction of citizenship then promotes the construction of their training and orientation path.

Les compétences EOL en milieu pénitentiaire

Dispositif pédagogique pour la construction et la consolidation de compétences



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