The best way to help learners improve their knowledge of the languages of schooling is to develop a whole-school language strategy. This is the aim of the ECML project entitled "A roadmap for schools to support the language(s) of schooling". To develop such a strategy, it is essential to identify the language challenges specific to the school and to involve all stakeholders to agree on appropriate solutions. We therefore devoted the year 2017 to the development of a self-assessment tool, adaptable to the different needs of the learning community. Our aim for 2018 is to pilot this tool and to identify and share examples of promising practices and inspire schools to develop their own strategies and find ways to implement them.
The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) attaches great importance to the development of competences in the languages of schooling and its 2012-2015 programme "Learning through Languages" has produced a wide range of resources in this field. Our objective is to highlight these - to capitalise on the past to build a better future. We invite you to explore the most relevant resources:
Moreover, in its current programme entitled "Languages at the heart of learning", other tools related to the languages of schooling are being developed. As we move forward with our project in 2018, we plan to create a website that will guide users to these tools and other related resources, building a bank of easily accessible materials.