The network meeting of the Recolang project “Resources for assessing the home language competences of migrant pupils” took place on 15-16 June 2021. The two-day meeting brought together professionals, stakeholders in education and researchers (language teaching, applied linguistics, language evaluation, allophone/plurilingual pupils schooling) from different countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland). It marked the first collaborative step of the project.
The meeting, which took place online, comprised presentations, group/pair work, exchange and feedback. Based on discussions on the objectives and role of the evaluation of home language competences and on an analysis of existing materials (representing different contexts), the meeting made it possible to identify initial common criteria and values for setting up this type of evaluation. The meeting allowed for collaborative progress on the modalities to be considered when implementing a formative and plurilingual assessment.
As a follow-up to this meeting and in preparation for the workshop (scheduled for December 2021) and the rest of the project, the network members are invited to disseminate the survey on the status of home languages at school in their networks and to take part in various (online) workshops on the presentation of existing systems (to complete the cartography currently being drawn up) or the conception of materials (for the establishment of the resources databank).