Take part in a series of ECML webinars in May and June
As part of its mission to promote excellence in language education, the ECML is pleased to invite you to participate in a series of webinars in May and June 2022. For more detailed information on content and registration, please see below.
Supporting the linguistic integration of young refugees from Ukraine (Thursday, 12 May 2022, 16h00 CET)
Has your school opened its doors to refugees from Ukraine? What impact has this had on learning and teaching? Do you feel confident in supporting learners who struggle to understand you or to make themselves understood? Do you have access to appropriate resources?
This webinar will provide you with guidance and teaching resources to address these new challenges and ensure a welcoming atmosphere, conducive to learning. You will discover how best to value this linguistic diversity in your classroom in ways that also foster the development of the language of schooling.
Target group: pre-primary, primary and secondary teachers (of languages and other subjects)
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Language learners’ voices – lessons learned from Covid (Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 16h00 CET)
Would you like to find out more about our initiative – “The future of language education in the light of Covid”? Would you be interested in helping us understand how learners’ experienced language learning and teaching during the pandemic so that together we can build a more promising future for language education?
This webinar will provide an overview of the initiative, present the initial findings from a pilot project based on classroom activities to elicit learners’ voices and invite participating teachers to take part in the next stage.
The initiative is coordinated by the ECML’s Professional Network Forum and takes place in cooperation with the European Commission.
Target group: language teachers (all levels)
A new Council of Europe Recommendation on language education (Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 16h00 CET)
In February this year, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the first comprehensive Recommendation in the field of languages – Recommendation R(2022)1 on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture.
This webinar will explain the background to this Recommendation – where it came from, how it is structured, and why it was adopted. It will focus on key messages and what these mean for decision-makers, drawing on the seven principles that underpin the Recommendation's conception of plurilingual and intercultural education. It will conclude by outlining the series of follow-up events planned for the academic year 2022-2023 that will explore specific aspects of the Recommendation and their implications for different target groups.
Target group: education decision-makers at national/regional or institutional levels
ECML programme developments 2020-2023 – “Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences”
“Building blocks for planning language-sensitive teacher education”: project launch
This new two-year ECML project was launched on 12-13 January 2022 at an online expert meeting of the project team. The aim of the project is to devise a set of products targeted at teacher educators and curriculum planners, to assist them in the planning of language-sensitive teacher education across all subjects.
The building blocks will include recommendations for reviewing existing teacher education curricula and courses by, for example, adding various modules and activities aimed at developing (future) teachers’ language awareness and language competences. Sample hands-on tasks for initial and in-service teacher education will illustrate these recommendations. The building blocks will also stimulate debate about the language-related competences required by all teachers, and about those which are needed by teachers of specific subjects including foreign languages and the language(s) of schooling.
Full news item
Project website available in English and German: www.ecml.at/languagesensitiveteachereducation
“Developing teacher competences for pluralistic approaches”: the project network continues its work and exchanges
The two main axes of the project “Developing teacher competences for pluralistic approaches – Training and reflection tools for teachers and teacher educators” are the identification of teacher competences for pluralistic approaches and the creation of materials for teacher education in this domain.
The latest productions of the project team – a general introduction providing explanations of the tools being developed – will soon be available on the project’s web page, along with the parts of the framework that have already been developed and some initial examples of sequences to be used in teacher education. Members of the network have adapted some materials produced for specific contexts, developed innovative materials for teacher education, and initiated new projects.
The production and piloting of training materials by the network members for the development of teaching competences specific to pluralistic approaches will continue over the coming months.
Project website (available in English and French)
Participate in a survey on the place of home languages at school available in 9 languages: open until the end of 2022
The RECOLANG team (Resources for assessing the home language competences of migrant pupils) is carrying out a European survey on the place of home languages at school, particularly within different education programmes or curricula involving migrant adolescents aged 11-18. This survey focuses on the practices of assessing home language skills and their role in different European education systems. The survey is made up of two complementary sections targeting different target audiences:
The survey will be online until the end of 2022. More detailed information on the survey can be found on the ECML website.
Training and consultancy activities
ECML-EU joint action : a series of 19 workshops scheduled between May to December 2022
A series of national workshops will take place within the, “Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning” cooperation action of the ECML and the European Commission between May and December 2022. The “RELANG” and “Supporting Multilingual Classrooms” workshops will be hosted in the following countries:
“RELANG”: Albania, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. For details, please see the RELANG event page.
“Supporting Multilingual Classrooms”: Armenia, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovak Republic. For details, consult the “Supporting Multilingual Classrooms” event page.
In addition, a special webinar, involving Polish teachers, will be held on 12 May, focusing on “Supporting the linguistic integration of young refugees from Ukraine”.
Details of the dates, venues and how to take part in the workshops are indicated on the respective sites.
“RELANG” focuses on relating foreign/second language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and “Supporting Multilingual Classrooms” focuses on the linguistic integration of migrant learners in schools across Europe.
Photo: Mercè Bernaus, “Supporting Multilingual Classrooms” workshop, Bratislava, 5 May 2022
European Day of Languages
European Day of Languages, 26 September 2022 – Valuing all languages in Europe
This year, under the motto of “Valuing all languages in Europe”, we will be seeking to highlight the importance of all languages present on the continent of Europe.
Having cracked the 40 mark for the number of languages represented on the European Day of Languages website, with the site to be launched in Maltese soon, we are endeavouring to practice what we preach!
A host of new features and resources are currently under development for this year’s Day, such as:
There will also be proposals for initiatives for anyone or any school, institute, association or business to run on or around 26 September to celebrate the 21st European Day of Languages – coming soon!
As ever, we welcome new ideas, promotional initiatives and volunteers who can help us to ensure that the content of EDL site can made available and updated in as wide a range of Europe’s languages as possible.
Recent ECML resources
Evaluation of the 2016-2019 ECML programme
In the course of 2021, the ECML carried out an in-depth evaluation of its 5th medium-term programme, “Languages at the heart of learning”. The findings provide substantial evidence of the positive impact of the programme – of the relevance of the themes addressed, of the quality and usefulness of the project resources, of extensive outreach and follow-up activities, and of the beneficial influence at individual, institutional and national levels.
The evaluation drew on substantial quantitative and qualitative data from three main sources – internal reports from programme consultants and from expert coordinators of ECML projects and Training and consultancy capacity-building activities, from participant feedback surveys following ECML events and from a wide-scale post-programme survey addressed to ECML National Authorities. By identifying both success factors and challenges, the evaluation provides helpful guiding principles for current and future ECML programmes.
An attractive brochure focusing on the highlights from the full report has just been published and should serve as a further promotional instrument for the work of the ECML.
New ECML website offering dedicated support for the (linguistic) integration of refugees from Ukraine
Are you a decision-maker, headteacher or teacher looking for guidance and resources to welcome young Ukrainian refugees who have recently joined your educational institution? Are you an employer or recruitment agency supporting Ukrainian refugees to access and integrate into the workplace?
If so, this new web resource will be of interest to you. It brings together ready-to-use ECML resources, as well as resources and recommendations produced within the Council of Europe’s LIAM project “Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants” and policy-guidance from the European Commission. These carefully selected tools can provide guidance on establishing a safe and welcoming environment for refugee children and adults alike, one that values the languages and cultures they bring with them while supporting them to learn the language of the host country. The site will be updated on an ongoing basis with details of upcoming events and further new resources and practical materials.
Photo: Mirek Pruchnicki CC BY-SA 2.0
New multilingual glossary of key terms in language education
The recently published multilingual glossary of key terms in language education of the European Centre for Modern Languages (Council of Europe) presents an overview of key terms in English, French, German and international sign, together with definitions and references used in ECML projects since 2012.
New language versions of ECML resources
Now available in German: Kommunikation mit Migrant*innen – Handreichung für Führungskräfte und Mitarbeitende mit Kund*innenkontakt in der Arbeitsvermittlung und in der Verwaltung
Original title in English: Communicating with migrants – Guide for staff in job centres and public services
All language versions
Resource page “Language for work –Tools for professional development”
EDL language challenge handbook now available in Ukrainian: Книга мовних випробувань – Для секретного агента
All language versions of the EDL language challenges handbook
Resource website dedicated to the European Day of Languages
ECML contribution to events
ECML contributions to the Online eTwinning-Seminar “Teaching languages”
On 24-25 March 2022, an online international eTwinning seminar on “Teaching Languages” was organised by the Austrian ERASMUS+ Agency, OEAD. The event brought together over 80 teachers in secondary education from 24 countries. The aim of the event was to exchange with other educators from European countries and to make new contacts for transnational cooperation among educational institutions. The ECML contribution was structured around three axes:
Full news item including the presentation by Susanna Slivensky (PDF)
Professional Network Forum of the ECML
Forthcoming events of the Forum members
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, IAM, ICC, OLBI.
CercleS: “Aspire to Inspire” training programme (October 2022 – February 2023)
In 2019, the CercleS Management & Leadership Focus Group decided to design a training programme aimed specifically at language centre managers, and the “Aspire to Inspire” training programme was established. It provides participants with an opportunity to develop an understanding of management and leadership skills necessary for a range of tasks, duties and responsibilities considered to be essential for running a university language centre.
“Aspire to Inspire” is a CercleS initiative presented by CercleS members. It has already been offered with great success in 2020-2021 and a new (hybrid) edition of the training programme will be held from October 2022 to February 2023.
More information: flyer – website
ELC / CEL: INTERFACE project – INTERculural proFiciency and orAl Competence in English)
In the COIL project INTERFACE (INTERculural proFiciency and orAl Competence in English), led by Karen Abel (Beit Berl College, Israel) and Dr. David Prickett (University of Potsdam, Germany), English students attain a high level of proficiency in the main communicative language competencies. The didactic modeling of the shared lessons and the out-of-class group meetings enables future educators to work autonomously and understand the importance of collaboration. They grow to embrace diversity, and thereby develop their professional and cross-cultural skills.
*COIL : Collaborative Online International Learning.
INTERFACE – INTERcultural proFiciency and orAl CompetenCE in English (University of Potsdam, 2 March 2022)
INot a “Single Story” – How a German-Israeli COIL project helps participants overcome stereotypes (University of Potsdam, October 2020)
ILearning Together Across Borders (Newsletter Beit Berl College, November 2020)
France: vocabulary of education and research
The booklet entitled Vocabulaire de l’éducation et de la recherche – 2022 contains more than 150 terms and definitions in the fields of education, higher education, research and vocational training. These new concepts describe innovative teaching practices as well as the specificities of the academic and research world. They underline the presence of digital technology in education and remind us of the challenges facing the education system.
Also available in printed format, free of charge, on request from email@example.com.
Ireland: language materials in Ukrainian and Russian
Language materials in Ukrainian and Russian are available in digital format on the website of Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI). Although the original intention of these materials was to support the development of target MFL language in the classroom, EAL teachers have been using them to support development of the language of schooling. They provide commonly used classroom language in Ukrainian and Russian.
A link is also available through which hard copies may be ordered according to the particular requirements of the school.
The assumption for the moment is that most pupils and students from the Ukraine would be attending English medium schools but if a need for Irish arises PPLI will also explore this issue.
Website of Post-Primary Languages Ireland
Switzerland: recent resources of CeDiLE
The website of the Centre for Foreign Language Didactics (CeDiLE) serves as a platform for dissemination, information and socialization for all actors involved in foreign language didactics research and practice. Some of the most recent resources (available in French and German) are:
L‘anxiété langagière et la production orale à l‘école: tenter d’y remédier / Schulische Sprachangst und mündliche Aktivitäten: Was kann man dagegen tun?
Webinar recording (4 April 2022)
Canada: latest newsletter
E-newsletter edited by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) / University of Ottawa:
In other words / Autrement dit (March 2022)
Council of Europe developments
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, 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.
Language policy: conference and workshops
International Conference “Enriching 21st century language education: The CEFR Companion Volume in practice” (Strasbourg and online, 24-25 May 2022)
There is still room for up to 40 persons to participate in person in Strasbourg on a first-come-first served basis and at their own expense. If you wish to participate in person please register here by 12 May 2022.
If you wish to participate online please register here by 19 May 2022.
Concept note and programme
The workshop of CEFR Online Workshop Series 2022 entitled “Key concepts of the CEFR Companion volume: What might these mean for teaching?” (3 February 2022) aimed to explore key pedagogical concepts presented in the CEFR Companion volume such as the action-oriented approach, the learner as social agent, mediation, plurilingualism, etc. and the way in which these concepts relate to developments in theory.
Presentation, handout, background reading, webinar recording
2 June 2022: Online workshop “Assessing plurilingualism: an example from practice”
Stay tuned for developments by subscribing to Council of Europe Language Policy News.
Intercultural Cities (ICC): new Recommendation on multilevel policies and governance for intercultural integration
of the Committee of Ministers to member States on multilevel policies and governance for intercultural integration (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 6 April 2022
at the 1431st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe) addresses the national level, recommending that their national integration strategies should be based on the four key principles of the intercultural integration model – real equality, diversity as a collective advantage, meaningful intercultural interaction, and active citizenship and participation.
Intercultural Cities (ICC): Intercultural approach to Roma and Travellers inclusion for the local level – Council of Europe guidelines and resources
On 27 April the ICC programme organised a webinar on “Intercultural approach to Roma and Travellers inclusion for the local level”. The webinar presented the experience of municipal representatives and Roma and Traveller activists in using some of the Council of Europe’s best practice, including: the role of mediators in creating bridges across communities; community participation; and participatory budgeting.
Among the issues discussed, the “European Roma Communities – A strategy for the Bradford District (2021-2025)” has been introduced. This collective strategy has been delivered in collaboration between public and voluntary sector organisations. Not only does this strategy help the Bradford District to build and improve wider community dialogue with the Roma community, it sets out actions they can all take to be more aware and responsive to the needs of the Roma community as a whole.
Council of Europe online bookstore: recent publications
Gérer la controverse – Définir une stratégie pour traiter la controverse et enseigner des sujets controversés à l école (2022): French version
[Original version in English: Managing controversy – Developing a strategy for handling controversy and teaching controversial issues in schools (2017)]
Also available in Czech, Finnish, German, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish
Apprendre à traiter les sujets controversés à l école et dans d autres contextes éducatifs – Guide de bonnes pratiques (2022): French version
[Original version in English: Learning how to handle controversial issues in schools and other education settings – A good practice guide (2021)]
Browse the Council of Europe online bookstore
News from other organisations
School Education Gateway: recent resources and webinars
Education and support for Ukrainian refugees: resources
“Teachers’ training and professional development on inclusive education” (13 May 2022 at 16:00 CEST)
Webinar recording “Welcoming newly arrived refugees in the classroom” (6 May 2022)
Eurydice: recent resources
Belgium – Flemish Community: Compulsory language screening for pre-schoolers
Education reforms in Liechtenstein
North Macedonia: new concepts for inclusive education and primary education as part of the european perspective of the country
Slovenia: Roma assistants support Roma students
Towards equity and inclusion in higher education in Europe
The structure of the European education systems – 2021/22
International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032
Celebrating the IDIL2022-2032 will help promote and protect indigenous languages and improve the lives of their speakers. It will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The celebration is also expected to strengthen and reinforce the many standard-setting tools adopted by the international community which include specific provisions to promote and protect languages.
You can follow IDIL2022-2032 here:
OECD: recent resources
Promoting a stronger professional identity in teaching – How to develop and support teachers in times of change
Webinar recording (21 March 2022)
How Estonia put ‘e’ in e-education
Mercator – European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning
Lastest newsletter issues: no. 182 (April 2022) – no. 183 (May 2022)
Babylonia in open access
After more than 30 years in print, Babylonia, the Swiss journal for language education, has entered the virtual world. Babylonia's articles are now available free of charge online, 24/7, from anywhere in the world!
Babylonia 1/2022: Vocabulary and digitalization / Vocabulaire et digitalisation / Wortschatz und Digitalisierung / Vocabolario e digitalizzazione
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