"Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences": Call for proposals for the ECML 2020-2023 programme open until 22 April 2019
There are just over two weeks left to respond to the European Centre for Modern Languages’ Call for its forthcoming programme, entitled Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences.
The Call is based on a wide range of possible themes, so if you have innovative ideas on language teaching and learning it represents an excellent chance to make a positive contribution to this increasingly important area at a European level. Don’t just take our word for it – you can see what some of the current project coordinators say about their experiences with the ECML!
You can apply either as a coordinator of a project or as a team member:
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to share and enrich your ideas on language education through European cooperation, with the support of a renowned Council of Europe institution!
Further details on the forthcoming ECML programme, its priorities and on how to apply are available at: www.ecml.at/call
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 22 April 2019.
ECML programme developments
“Learning environments where modern languages flourish”: EOL tools and resources tested by 28 participants from 28 countries
The key challenge of the project “Learning environments where modern languages flourish” (EOL) is to support schools that wish to establish language friendly learning environments which promote the exchange of related resources, research and practice. The project is supported by a European network of partner schools, with innovative approaches to establishing language friendly learning environments which promote the exchange of related resources, research and practice.
During the recent workshop (Graz, Austria, 7-8 March 2019) 28 participants from 28 countries had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the holistic approach to language education that is at the heart of the EOL project and tested tools and resources developed in this context.
EOL-Matrix: parameters which lead to learning environments where modern languages flourish
One of the main project outputs is a matrix offering an overview over different fields and areas which might support schools in developing learning environments where modern languages flourish. The matrix matches 4 “environmental levels” (learner, class, schools, system) with 5 dimensions of language learning:
"Towards a common resource for language-related teacher competences?" webinar
Teacher competences relating to language teaching and languages in education are crucial factors in the quality and effectiveness of education. Several previous projects have generated frameworks and descriptions of many of these competences. However, no overview of these frameworks and their potential uses, and no overarching framework covering all aspects of languages in teaching yet exist. This project seeks to bridge these gaps.
All project outputs are in the process of finalisation and will be made available online in the course of 2019:
"Action research communities for language teachers": webinar recording available on the project website
The ECML project “Action research communities for language teachers” (ARC) has supported teachers in European classrooms in using action research as an essential tool for the development of reflective classroom practice - highlighting ways in which teachers can enhance their self-confidence and professionalism. The webinar (recorded on 25 January 2019) provides an insight into the experiences gathered over the 3 years of the project (2016-2018) and the results achieved.
In the webinar the project team and colleagues involved in action research speak about their experiences with action research in national contexts, the resources they developed and addressed questions raised by participants:
Training and consultancy for ECML member states
“A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning”: ECML training and consultancy workshops in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Greece, and Poland in 2019
In March 2019 the ECML expert team of the activity “A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” prepared their 2019 training workshops with local organisers from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Greece, and Poland at the ECML in Graz. More information on the individual training sessions is available on the dedicated website.
Working with an electronic European Language Portfolio and using ICT tools and open resources for better language teaching and learning: 2019 national workshops in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Montenegro, and Sweden
The expert teams of the ECML activities “Working with an electronic European Language Portfolio for better language learning” and “Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning” prepared their 2019 training workshops with local organisers from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Montenegro, and Sweden at the ECML in Graz. More information on the individual training sessions are now available on the dedicated websites:
Pluriliteracies Teaching for Deeper Learning: new video presentation
Based on seven years experience with the ECML, the ECML training and consultancy team “A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” revised and fully animated their model of Pluriliteracies Teaching for Deeper Learning. This video is now available on the ECML website. The model offers a holistic view of integration that transcends the issue of content vs. language. The video highlights that deeper learning and personal growth only occur when all the four dimensions of the model are active simultaneously:
European Language Portfolio: redesigned ECML website
The redesigned ECML website (www.ecml.at/elp) brings together the results of European initiatives relating to the implementation of the European Language Portfolio (ELP) in a variety of contexts. The aim is to promote the pedagogical benefits of the ELP and to facilitate its use in practice. The information focuses on two general areas: understanding the ELP and ELP in use.
For information on the origins and principles of the ELP and guidelines on how to develop an ELP model, see the European language Portfolio website of the Council of Europe, which provides extensive documentation on these aspects.
Online directory of language associations/organisations
This fully searchable directory is intended to facilitate collaboration between professionals from different language teacher associations and other language organisations, as well as across different languages, regions and countries. The directory can be used, for example, to find partners at national and international level for projects, events, competitions, to publicise your activities and publications, to campaign for languages or to seek sponsorship, etc.
The directory currently lists only a small proportion of the language associations and institutions - mainly based in Europe. If you wish your organisation to be added to the directory or to recommend other missing organisations/associations please contact us.
ECML related publication
Article on "Inspiring language learning in the early years"
Kirwan Deirdre, ILLEY – Inspiring language learning in the early years", In Touch, April 2019, pp. 52-53.
Article written by Déirdre Kirwan, team member of the ECML project "Inspiring language learning in the early years - Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12" for the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) magazine In Touch. This magazine is delivered in hard copy to primary teachers on the island of Ireland every month and is also distributed to all tertiary education establishments.
Publication on the use of the Framework of reference for pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures (FREPA) in Germany
Silvia Melo-Pfeifer, Daniel Reimann, Plurale Ansätze im Fremdsprachenunterricht in Deutschland - State of the art, Implementierung des REPA und Perspektiven, Günther Narr Verlag, 2019
Austria: Initiatives on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Council of Europe the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research informs the wider public and provides materials about the history and activities of the Council:
Twitter: Politische Bildung | Erinnerungskulturen | RFCDC
Find all the news on the 24th edition of the Week of the French language and of Francophonie: website
Revue internationale d'éducation de Sèvres no. 79
Dossier « Enseigner le français aux enfants »
"La lettre du CIEP": no. 61, February 2019
"Veille et ressources documentaires du CIEP": January 2019 - March 2019
"Veille sur les ressources pédagogiques pour l’enseignement du français": March 2019
Newsletter edited by the Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France : February 2019
Statistics Norway: Facts about education in Norway 2019 - Key figures 2017
Professional Network Forum of the ECML
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.
Members of the Forum: ACTFL, AILA, ALTE, CEL/ELC, CercleS, EALTA, EAQUALS, ECSPM, ECML/Council of Europe, EDiLiC, EFNIL, EPA, EUNIC, FIPLV, ICC, OLBI.
Council of Europe developments
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages: Germany
The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is the European convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by traditional minorities. Together with the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities it constitutes the Council of Europe's commitment to the protection of national minorities.
Germany: evaluation report published
More information about the Charter
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: resolutions, opinions, state reports
The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is one of the most comprehensive treaties designed to protect the rights of persons belonging to national minorities.
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2019)4 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 27 March 2019 at the 1342nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2019)5 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by North Macedonia (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 27 March 2019 at the 1342nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
Advisory Committee Opinions, State Reports
Albania: publication of the 4th Advisory Committee Opinion
Azerbaijan: publication of the 4th Advisory Committee Opinion
Croatia: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Cyprus: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Denmark: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Finland: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Germany: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Hungary: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Lithuania: publication of the 4th Advisory Committee Opinion
Russian Federation: publication of the 4th Advisory Committee Opinion
Slovak Republic: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Spain: receipt of the 5th cycle State Report
Advisory Committee: adoption of three (restricted) Opinions under the implementation of this convention in Netherlands, Georgia and Montenegro
Education portal for online learning
To mark the organisation's 70th anniversary, the Council of Europe’s Education Department has launched its Education portal for online learning. The aim of this portal is to make the practical teaching and training resources developed over the years available to education professionals across Europe. The resources focus on the priority themes and concerns of the Council of Europe, namely Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law. They are free of charge.
European states must demonstrate resolve for lasting and concrete change for Roma people
"On 8 April, we will celebrate International Roma Day. This is a day to celebrate Roma culture and Roma contributions to European societies, and the cultural diversity of Europe." (Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights).
Seventy years of the Council of Europe – a website to explore our European story
Council of Europe posters by the French illustrator and graphic designer, Richard Zielenkiewicz, also known as Mr Z, marking the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe and the 60th anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights
Les relations entre le Conseil de l’Europe et l’Union européenne - Vers un partenariat stratégique ? (French only)
2019 - International Year of Indigenous Languages
Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory. But despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate. With this in mind, the United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) in order to raise awareness of them, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity.
Eurydice Brief: Integrating students from migrant backgrounds into schools in Europe: National policies and measures
Eurydice - Integrating asylum seekers and refugees into higher education in Europe: National policies and measures
How inclusive are European education systems towards migrants? (webinar recorded on 25 February 2019)
Teaching careers in Europe: Access, progression and support
National education systems: Teachers and education staff chapter
Modernisation of higher education in Europe: Academic staff – 2017
Does it matter if men don't teach?
Erasmus+ Annual Report 2017
Eurostat - Tertiary education graduates: main subject areas
E-Platform for adult learning in Europe - EPALE
Thematic focus from March to May 2019: citizenship education
Trends Shaping Education 2019
Measuring innovation in education 2019: What has changed in the classroom?
Helping our youngest to learn and grow: Policies for early Learning, International Summit on the teaching profession
Getting skills right: Future-ready adult learning systems
Leading together: insights from ministers and teachers on the future of education (blog article)
OECD Education Working Papers:
The lives of teachers in diverse classrooms
Education Indicators in Focus:
Why does the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG 4) matter for OECD countries?
How will technology and artificial intelligence (A.I.) affect education?
Mercator - European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning
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