Local organiser: Maria Nezi, 1st Regional Centre of Educational Planning in the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Attica, Greece
ECML experts: Chantal Muller, Belgium; Catherine Carré-Karlinger, Austria
Participants: 30 (teacher educators)
“33 educational coordinators, responsible for the training of all language teachers (foreign language teachers and teachers of the language of schooling) from 8 Regional Centres of Educational Planning in Greece (Attica, Thessaly, Peloponnese, Crete, Western Greece, South Aegean) attended the Supporting Multilingual Classrooms (SMC) workshop on 20 -21 February 2020, held at the Intercultural Gymnasium of Athens. The two-day workshop was hosted by the Greek Ministry of Education and funded by the EU Commission and the ECML (European Centre for Modern Languages).
In recent years, the number of refugees and migrants in Greece has increased greatly. As a consequence, most of the schools in Attica as well as in other Regions of Greece are coping with a heterogeneous/multicultural student population.
Creating an inclusive school environment in which all languages are valued was the main theme of the workshop. Participants explored tools to improve the quality of language teaching and support the development of plurilingual competences for all learners in multilingual classes.
As a result of the event a Moodle platform will be set up to build a network of the workshop participants for mutual support and for a blended learning training programme. A 16-page brochure summarizing the content of the workshop is also to be published.”
Maria Nezi, local organiser, 27 March 2020
ECML project website: Supporting multilingual classrooms – EU-ECML cooperation agreement 2019-2020 "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning"