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Launch of the RECOLANG project, 12-13 March 2020

ECML project "Resources for assessing the home language competences of migrant pupils" (2020-2023)

Author: Catherine Seewald/23 June 2020/Categories: Show on front page, Resources for the assessment of home language competences of migrant pupils

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The ECML project "Resources for assessing the home language competences of migrant pupils", RECOLANG for short, is the first ever ECML project to be funded through the Ordinary Budget of the Council of Europe and therefore open to all 50 countries signatory to the European Cultural Convention. Its purpose is to raise awareness across Europe of the importance of taking the plurilingual repertoires of all pupils in to account when developing education policies to ensure that together we create more equitable European education systems.

In order to do this, the following steps need to be taken: the collection and analysis of existing practices, programmes and materials for assessing skills in family languages, the formulation of criteria and the production of materials for tailored formative assessment. This assessment will consider the multilingual pathways and repertoires of the learners, thus promoting synergies between language learning and the development of competences in the language(s) of schooling.

The project will begin by undertaking bibliographical research and initiating a survey linked to these issues. The survey will be carried out at European level and will be divided into two parts (one for families and users of assessments and another for teaching and supervisory teams in schools, reception and vocational training centres for young people aged 11-18, including unaccompanied minors). The following data will be collected: the languages of the pupils and their varieties (written / oral), learning conditions (formal or informal; home languages, first, language (s) of schooling, languages learned during the migration path, etc.), as well as the practices / programmes of skills' assessment in these existing languages, possible links to curricula, as well as testimonials from users and other educational stakeholders.

The project team, which brings together 6 experts from 5 European countries, met for the first time on 12-13 March 2020 to launch the new project and start preparing the survey.

Author(s) : I. Audras, C.-A. Deschoux, F. Leclaire, I. Lorincz, F. Martins, A.-S. Unkart


  • RECOLANG website (English - French): www.ecml.at/recolang
  • ECML programme of activities 2020-2023 "Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences": English - French

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