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ILLEY: finalisation of a resource website promoting early language learning

ECML project "Inspiring Language Learning – why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3 to 12 years"

Author: Catherine Seewald/07 May 2019/Categories: ECML programme 2016-2019, Inspiring language learning in the early years

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Date: 12-13 March 2019
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
Project team and consultant: Flore Schank (project coordinator), Ingeborg Birnie, Deirdre Kirwan, Dana Musilova, Jakob Patekar, Frank Heyworth (project consultant)


When the five team members of the ILLEY project met at the ECML in Graz, March 2019, website issues were at the heart of the meeting given the project’s final stage.

Attention was given to how the website might be made as attractive and user-friendly as possible. It was decided to retain the flower template with the addition of a bee, the idea being that just as the bee is an important player in the process of pollination, the website and its materials will help to advance the aim of ILLEY in disseminating inspiring ideas for promoting language learning; highlighting the importance of learners’ existing repertoires; and contributing to attitudinal change among teachers and educators regarding the nature of language learning. The bee character will also help to guide users to the various detailed areas contained in the website, e.g., the Guiding Principles; Quiz and Frequently Asked Questions; existing materials produced by the ECML and more.

As the glossary is a necessary and important part of the website, it was agreed that every effort would be made to use existing ECML terminology and explanations in order to facilitate clarity and coherence.

Finally, discussion took place on how the website has already been promoted among the targeted user population and how this can be further developed in the future.

The project team

  • Project website "Inspiring Language Learning – why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3 to 12": English – French



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