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Lessons from abroad: International review of primary languages

Author: Anonym/06 February 2013/Categories: Publication

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Lessons from abroadConsidering various education systems around the world Lessons from abroad: International review of primary languages stresses the importance for English-speakers to learn other languages.
The report highlights in particular the benefits of early language learning by reviewing international research and developments in this field and looking at policies and approaches to language learning. Moreover, the publication outlines critical success factors for primary language teaching common to all education systems.

The report features among others to the work of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in the field of Early Language Learning and Content Integrated Language Learning (CLIL).

Related ECML results
The following publications can be downloaded for free from the ECML website (online registration required):

Hasselgreen, A., Kaledaité, V., Maldonado-Martin, N. and Pizorn, K. (2011) Assessment of young learner literacy linked to the common European framework for languages.
Available in English.
Komorowska, H. (2009) ‘Expected contributions of ECML projects in the area of content and language education’ in Languages for social cohesion, language education in a multilingual and multicultural Europe.
Available in English and French.
Marsh, D. (2007) CLIL matrix.
Available in English and French.
Frigols Martin, M. J., Marsh, D., Mehisto, P., and Wolff, D. (2011) European framework for CLIL teacher education.
Available in English, French and German.
Nikolov, M. and Curtain, H. (2003) Un apprentissage précoce: les jeunes apprenants et les langues vivantes en Europe et ailleurs.
Available in English and French.
Young, A. and Hélot, C. (2007) ‘Parent power: parents as linguistic and cultural resource at school’, in Camilleri Grima, A. et al., Ensemble, promoting linguistic diversity and whole school development.
Available in English and French.

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