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Last ECML workshop “Language for Work – Tools for professional development” (Graz, Austria, 23-24 October 2018): fine-tuning the products of the project

Author: Catherine Seewald/25 October 2018/Categories: Show on front page, Language for work: tools for professional development

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The project’s final workshop (Graz, 23-24 October 2018) brought together 46 experts from 31 countries, all of whom work in the field of the linguistic integration of adult migrants and their work-related L2 development. 

The event enabled participants to share issues concerning work-related L2 development in their own countries and contexts, to review the products developed throughout the project, to discuss how to make them as useful as possible and how to organise the resource bank of tools for professional development, to exchange practical applications, to reflect on engaging with strategies for managers and staff in job centres and public administration to improve communication with the public. Reflections also focused on the value of the results achieved for professional development.


The ECML project Language for Work – Tools for professional development (2016-2018) fosters professional development in the field of work‐related majority language learning for adult migrants and ethnic minorities. It creates tools and resources to support the professional development of teachers, teacher educators and other practitioners in this field. Language for Work – Tools for professional development uses the European learning network created by the ECML project, Language for Work – Developing migrants’ language competences at work (2012-2015).

The project aims to create four products which will be made available online via the LfW Network’s website:

  • quick guide “How to help adult migrants develop work-related language skills”, currently available in 11 languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish);
  • expandable compendium of approaches to support workplace language learning;
  • framework to support professional development, outlining practitioner roles and competences relating to different approaches to support work-related language learning;
  • resource bank (including training materials, case studies, etc.), linked to the professional development framework, to support professional development in the field of work-related language learning.


More information on the project website (available in English and French): https://languageforwork.ecml.at/


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