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Enhancing language education in cross-border vocational education

How to best promote language education in border regions, especially in professional and vocational education

The resource website offers guidance on successfully crossing linguistic and cultural borders and on the development of plurilingual and intercultural competences in vocational settings, connecting research to real needs on the ground.

This website focuses on the promotion of language education in cross-border working environments. Plurilingual and intercultural competences, among others, are needed for living and working in a border region. In this context, neighbouring language(s) play(s) a major role in communication. All over Europe, the issue of training specific to such settings is one of increasing importance. However, research and experience in border studies show that specific concepts for language learning and teaching in these contexts are still lacking. The concept of competences needed for successful communication according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), its Companion Volume and the Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures (FREPA) has to be adapted to border settings. Resources and suggested activities, which bring together expertise from a variety of different border regions, attempt to close this gap.

About the website sections

Your experiences and thoughts may guide you to the contents of the modules offered on this website. They are designed especially for cross-border vocational language teaching and learning. There are three main sections:

Plurilingualism in cross-border vocational language education 
Intercultural competences in cross-border vocational language education
Languages, disciplines and professions in cross-border vocational language education


In each section, there are different activities combining theory and practice. The texts and activities provide teachers, teacher educators and stakeholders with background information about the selected topic. Furthermore, you will find interactive tasks and activities that may be used for language education in cross-border vocational contexts. The activities have been developed for both teachers as learners and their students as learners. Hence, all interested actors in the field of vocational language education are invited to try out these activities by themselves to broaden their horizons.

The different sections are not dependent on each other, so you can choose the contents according to your interests and needs. Because of the close connection of some topics, sometimes the contents of different sections may overlap.

We encourage everyone to use our Portfolio – Language education in cross-border vocational education, in order to enhance the learning process, especially with regard to your own language biography. 

More about the portfolio


ID: 7
Name: Enhancing language education in cross-border vocational education
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/crossbordervocationaleducation
FlyerUrl: https://www.ecml.at/Portals/1/6MTP/documents/project-results-6mtp-EN.pdf
Type: ENFR
Year: 2023
En: True
Fr: True
De: False


an online guide for educators in cross-border environments, working with learners in vocational education or with adults in professional education
a teacher and learner portfolio based on the European Language Portfolio

Target groups

  • teachers in the vocational sector
  • teacher educators, researchers
  • stakeholders in professional and vocational training in border regions

Project team



Supported by: Camilla Hansen (Denmark), Fabienne Korb (Germany), Anna Gałęziowska-Krzystolik (Poland), Veronika Lovrits (Luxembourg), Christina Reissner (Germany), Elisabeth Venohr (Germany), Goethe Institut Nancy (France).

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