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Promoting linguistic skills a priority under the Czech chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The Czech Republic took over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 May. Among the nine designated priorities of the 6 month chairmanship is the promotion of human rights education and linguistic skills.
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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) – new website

The new CEFR website www.coe.int/lang-CECR offers a large range of different resources, contributed by major European institutions and developed in different research projects and investigations. The innovative and ambitious website developed by the Language Policy Programme (Education Policy Division, Strasbourg) will continue to evolve with other key resources to be added, in particular a new CEFR Companion Volume. Available today in 40 languages – including non-European ones – the CEFR has enjoyed an increasing success and is now used in a significant number of countries on several continents. The implementation of the CEFR has also benefitted from development projects and training opportunities offered by the European Centre for Modern Languages.


Get ready for the European Day of Languages!

With just over two months to go until the 2017 European Day of Languages, preparations are well underway for hundreds of activities around the continent celebrating Europe’s rich mosaic of languages and cultures. Whether you are interested in learning a new language, taking part in competitions and quizzes, discovering methodologies behind language learning or simply enjoying music, dance, theatre and story-telling from different cultures, there is almost certainly a corresponding EDL event close to you on or around 26 September.
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Liechtenstein: Plurimobil – Language Stay 2.0 – Supporting qualitative and sustainable language courses abroad (Li-Lingua)

Successful adaptation and use of the ECML Plurimobil mobility kit in Liechtenstein.

The Erasmus+ project entitled "Language Stay 2.0 - Supporting qualitative and sustainable language courses abroad (Li-Lingua)", carried out by the Office of Education of the Principality of Liechtenstein (Schulamt des Fürstentums Liechtenstein) with the involvement of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe, has been successfully completed.
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News from Language for Work (LfW): Quick guide: How to help adult migrants develop work-related language skills – COMBI Multipliers’ event

(6-7 June 2017, Donostia/San Sebastian, Basque Autonomous Community, Spain)

Matilde Grünhage Monetti, coordinator of Language for Work (LfW) (http://languageforwork.ecml.at was invited to participate in a multiplier event for the COMBI project in Donostia, in the Basque region of Spain, on 6th and 7th June. The project "Communication competences for migrants and disadvantaged background learners in bilingual work environments" is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. COMBI partners are acting in various officially bilingual regions in Europe.

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Participate in the online survey "Promoting excellence in sign language instruction"

The project team invites all interesting parties to participate in their current survey. The information gathered will be crucial to understand which competencies are required in sign language teachers across Europe. Please pass on the link to anyone you think might contribute to this research work: http://survey.cefr4sl.eu/index.php?sid=57936&lang=en 

 Full news item on the latest project developments: English - French


Training and consultancy activities


Ireland: RELANG workshop - "Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference" (24-26 May 2017)

Stakeholders in curriculum design, curriculum implementation, quality assurance, assessment and training for the new specification attended a RELANG workshop in Dublin from 24-26 May. The RELANG initiative offers training to stakeholders in the Member States of the European Union and the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in relating language tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in a valid way and exploring relationships between foreign language curricula and the CEFR.
The article describes how the CEFR relates to the new Junior Cycle MFL specification.

@ Photo: Post-Primary Languages Initiative


“Supporting multilingual classrooms”: Recording of the eTwinning seminar available online

Linguistic and cultural diversity is now the norm in European classrooms. What does this mean for teachers, both language teachers and teachers of other subjects? How can teachers adapt their methodology to ensure that this linguistic and cultural capital becomes a rich resource for learning? This seminar aimed to encourage teachers to question their own beliefs as they discover for themselves the answers to these questions and the wide range of free resources developed by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML) in support of an inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural approach to teaching and learning.
A recording of the seminar involving Sarah Breslin, Executive Director of the ECML, and Terry Lamb, Co-coordinator of the ECML-EC Training and consultancy activity “Supporting multilingual classrooms”, is now available on YouTube.


Involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education (PARENTS)

The aim of the PARENTS website is to disseminate knowledge on the benefits of involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education.
Web resources: English - French

  • A number of activities provide parents and teachers with tools that will help them to work together in plurilingual and intercultural education.
  • Video testimonies of a head teacher and an educator; short documentary describing the activities of the Zonarelli intercultural centre in Bologna; and the contribution of a mother.

New tools added in the Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

The inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning has been developed by the ICT-REV project of the ECML for language teachers, teacher trainers, language policy makers and multipliers. It currently contains 92 tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind.
Suggestions for new tools are welcome at any time! Discover the latest resources below:
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ECML related publication


Conference presentation

Ambrosio, Laura, FREPA descriptors and their role and contribution to integration of students from mixed linguistic backgrounds in a multilingual world, ALTE 6th International Conference “Assessment in a multilingual world”, 5-7 May 2017, Bologna, Italy. Presentation.


National developments


Austria: Revised website dedicated to language education - Radio interview with the Austrian Language Competence Centre - Regional seminar on languages and the teaching of subjects

Language education in Austria: completely revised web section of the Austrian Ministry of Education (in German)

The Austrian Language Competence Centre (ÖSZ), national contact point for the ECML in Austria, has been interviewed on the event “Sprachen-im-Blick” on 28 June. The interview has been commissioned by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education in cooperation with the teacher training college of Salzburg (Stefan Zweig), and livestreamed on the radio station Agora (Carinthia) on 6 July (2-3 p.m.).
(Re)Listen to the interview on the website of the ÖSZ (in German).

"Sprache und Fachunterricht: Konzepte und Ansätze im Vergleich" (Languages and the teaching of subjects: comparison of concepts and approaches), hosted by the ECML, Graz on 6-7 October 2017, Seminar of the Pedagogical University of Styria and the Austrian Language Competence Centre commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Federal Centre for Intercultural Affairs, Migration and Multilingualism and with the support of the Council of Europe's Centre for Modern Languages and the Association of the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz.


Canada: Symposium recording "Immersion in higher education" - OLBI's latest news

Symposium ‘Immersion in higher education: Where do we stand today?’ (University of Ottawa, 11-12 May 2017) The event hosted by the Post-Secondary Immersion Research Group (PSIRG) of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) was an extraordinary occasion for researchers, teachers, students, administrators and all others with an interest in the development of immersion in higher education to gather and share experiences, knowledge, and ideas. The programme featured distinguished speakers from Europe and North America who brought to the table unique perspectives and stimulated dialogue on challenges and achievements in the areas of bilingualism, linguistic models and immersion.
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France: Latest newsletters from CIEP – Results of the calls for projects on "Languages and digital technology" and "Cultural action – French language"

Latest newsletters edited by the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP), the national contact point for the ECML in France:

  • Courriel européen des langues, no. 38, May 217: this issue is dedicated to the promotion of ECML projects and the dissemination of ECML tools in France, the latest developments of European institutions and a selection of new resources In the field of language education.

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Germany: Recommendation on the internationalisation of curricula - New LINGO web platform for CLIL lessons

Recommendation by the General Assembly of the German Rectors' Conference on the internationalisation of curricula: English - German

New LINGO platform for CLIL lessons www.lingonetz.de
From August 2017, LINGO will be the new CLIL platform for young learners in Germany (age groups: 6-12 and 13-16) in the MINT disciplines (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and engineering).
The multimedial offer is designed to support the learning and teaching of German as a foreign language or German as a second language for children and young people at A1 level. The interactive website offers many new contents, an app, a quiz duel, exciting MINT topics and experiments, interactive exercises, a magazine for children on MINT topics, reading and listening texts, etc.
LINGO is supported by the educational publishing house and agency Eduversum Bildungsverlag and agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe Institute as co-editors.
Lingo editorial team: redaktion@lingonetz.de


Greece: New postgraduate programme of studies on language education for refugees and migrants

The Hellenic Open University launches a new postgraduate programme of studies on language education for refugees and migrants.
For more information click here.


Norway: Evaluation report of the humanities

Research Council of Norway: Evaluation of the humanities in Norway - Report from the Principal Evaluation Committee, June 2017.


Slovenia: Call for papers for the International scientific conference “Language and Culture” (Koper, 27-28 October 2017)

Organised as the 6th biennial conference on “Languages in Contact”.
Venue: Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Science and Research Centre in Koper
Abstracts should be up to 300 words and written in the same language as the presentation and in English.
Deadline for proposals: 15th July 2017.
Four possible thematic areas for the papers: Language and culture within cultural studies; Language, culture and tourism; Culture, plurilinguism and language learning; Language, culture and literature.
Conference website


Denmark: New ECML Governing Board member

The ECML is pleased to welcome Ms Sabine Gadeberg Larsen, Danish Ministry of Education, National Agency for Education and Quality, as the ECML Governing Board member. The ECML would like to express its deepest gratitude to Ms Pernille Skou Brønner Andersen for her continuous support and wholehearted involvement in this role during the last years.

Web pages dedicated to Denmark (official contacts, ECML experts, language education resources)


Switzerland: Recent publications

Institute for Pedagogical Research and Documentation (IRDP / Intercantonal Conference of Public Education of French-Speaking Switzerland and of Ticino) – Latest publications:


Professional Network Forum of the ECML


Forthcoming events

The Professional Network Forum of the ECML is comprised of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Under the auspices of the ECML, the members of the Forum share their know-how and work together on areas of common interest in the service of language education.



Council of Europe developments


Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Latest developments

Developments in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Sweden


Conference “Learning to live together”: A call for enhanced quality of education for democracy

The conference (Strasbourg, 20-22 June 2017) addressed the promotion of democracy and human rights through education. Around 300 representatives of governments, education institutions and civil society organisations discussed current challenges and opportunities, shared examples of good practices and lessons learnt, and proposed recommendations for future action, including specific criteria and mechanisms for evaluation of progress, in particular in the framework of the Council of Europe Charter on Citizenship and Human Rights Education.


Council of Europe education websites

Overview: English - French


Launch of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture

Last June, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) was officially launched in Berlin at an event organised by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Alliance for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, the Council of Europe and the Open Society Foundations. The new institute will focus on creating a space for under-represented Roma artists, performers and thinkers in the mainstream of European art and culture.


Council of Europe Publishing: Latest titles

Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe State of democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances?
English - French
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Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe – 2017 Edition

European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice

There are over 60 official languages in Europe. It is a continent of considerable linguistic diversity, and that breadth is only increasing with recent migration flows. The 2017 Edition of Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe depicts the main education policies regarding teaching and learning of languages in 42 European education systems.

Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2017
(E-book available in English; highlights available in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish)
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