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Workshop no. 3/2014, 28-30 April 2014, Graz, Austria

“Involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education” (CARAP for parents) within the framework of the ECML’s medium-term programme of activities 2012 - 2015

Venue:  Graz, Austria
Dates: 28-30 April 2014
Participants: 1 delegate per member state, to be nominated by the national nominating authorities
Working languages: English and French, with simultaneous interpretation
Deadline for nomination: 28 February 2014

Profile of participants

Professional background
Participants should have one of the following profiles:

  • heads of parents’ associations;
  • heads of cultural or language associations;
  • heads of teachers’ associations (for foreign languages, languages taught; languages of origin (languages of migration); national languages, languages of schooling; and all other subjects in the pre-school sector, in primary and secondary school);
  • representatives of teachers’ trade unions;
  • educators also involved with extra curricular/out of school activities ;
  • educators also involved with extra curricular/out of school activities ;
  • teacher trainers (of foreign or national languages and of all other subjects taught by pre-school, primary and secondary teachers);
  • educational policy makers;
  • school inspectors. 

Experience, competences required

It is important that participants are in contact with the different parties involved in language education.
Expected involvement/tasks prior to, during and after the event
Before: finding out about developments in plurilingual and intercultural education (some information is available on the project website http://carap.ecml.at/Forparents and being aware of relevant issues relating to the involvement of parents in schools.

During: participating actively in brainstorming activities, in drafting documents for wider dissemination and in developing activities to involve parents in plurilingual and intercultural education. Please make sure that you are able to stay until the end of the workshop which will last two and a-half days (from Monday, 28 April 2014 1pm until Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 5.30pm. This may mean that you are only able depart from Graz on 1 May).

After:  actively promote approaches involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education and knowledge concerning the effects of  plurilingual and intercultural education integrating parents, home languages and cultures. Keeping the project team informed about dissemination activities and contributing to the collection and description of methods to involve parents in the process.
The aim of the workshop is to develop an active network to disseminate educational practices to involve families in the development of plurilingual and intercultural education. This project is a mediation project which aims to bring together mediators in order to train a maximum number of educators in the approach presented.