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    Integrated didactics

A toolkit for implementing integrated didactics in language education

Through this project both decision makers and language teachers will discover the important contribution that integrated didactics can make to the implementation of the Council of Europe Recommendation CM/2022(1) on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture.

Working languages of the project: English, French
Project term: 2024-2027
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/integrateddidactics
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Why this project is needed 

Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)1 defines plurilingual and intercultural education as a “holistic concept” that “sets out to foster the development of integrated linguistic repertoires in which languages interrelate and interact” (§3.i.). The project on integrated didactics will facilitate this development by providing decision makers in schools with a clear rationale for rethinking language education in a holistic way, valuing the entire language repertoire of the learners, and at the same time developing concrete tools and teaching materials for teachers in secondary schools, where languages are often considered in isolation. These tools and materials can be adapted to different contexts. They are based on existing ECML resources, most notably on the Framework of reference for pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures (FREPA/CARAP). The rationale and the tools will be complemented by a series of inspiring examples of practice from across Europe.

Envisaged project results 

Rationale for decision makers for adopting integrated didactics to language education in line with CM Rec. (2022)1
Main target group: Decision makers (policy and pedagogical advisors)

Examples of teaching materials based on integrated didactics, with critical commentary and suggestions for adaptation at national level and for use in related ECML Training and consultancy activities
Main target group: Teachers in secondary education

Showcases of successful implementation of integrated didactics in language education
Main target group: Decision makers and language teachers

Target groups

 

Decision makers (policy and pedagogical advisors)
Language teachers in secondary schools

Educational level(s) concerned 

  • Secondary

Forthcoming events

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How to get involved?

Workshop in 2026

Workshop description

The workshop, planned for 2026, will explore current approaches to integrated didactics in language education, with the aim of promoting the development of learners’ full linguistic repertoires beyond the traditional language teaching boundaries. The overall aim is to encourage participants to reflect on and adapt language education in line with the Council of Europe Recommendation on the promotion of democratic culture through plurilingual and intercultural education.

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Participants’ profile

Participants in this workshop should have a professional background in secondary language education or teacher education. They are expected to have some practical experience with plurilingual approaches and an awareness of linguistic diversity in their educational settings.

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Do you wish to participate?

Individuals with a special interest and professional background in the topic of this particular project are invited to take up contact with the ECML National Nominating Authority in their country so that they can be considered for participation in the corresponding project workshop.

Team

Christian KOCH
Coordinator
Germany
Universität Siegen
kochromanistik.uni-siegen.de

Elżbieta SIELANKO-BYFORD
Website correspondent
Poland
The University of Warsaw
e-sielanko-byfuw.edu.pl

Marie STEFFENS
Second language documentalist
The Netherlands
University of Utrecht
m.g.steffensuu.nl

Dolors MASATS
Communications officer
Spain
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
dolors.masatsuab.cat

Related resources

Council of Europe resources

Other resources

  • Candelier M. and Valentin M. (eds) (2023), “La didactique intégrée des langues 1/ Apprendre les langues en s’appuyant sur d’autres langues”, Les Langues Modernes No. 117(3), pp. 7-69.
     
  • Integrated Didactics Committee (DIL),
    https://en.edilic.org/didactique-integree