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The work of the ECML represents a collective effort and determination to enhance the quality in language education at challenging times. The publications illustrate the dedication and active involvement of all those who participated in a series of international projects and training and consultancy activities. The promotion of the programme outputs and their adaptation to different learning environments is supported through National Contact Points in each of the member states of the Centre. Read more

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Janua Linguarum – The gateway to languages – The introduction of language awareness into the curriculum: Awakening to languages

Discovering at school the diversity of languages and cultures, listening to dozens of languages, including some of the languages spoken by classmates, marvelling at the way those languages are written, comparing them and understanding how they work, taking an interest in those who speak them ... These are the types of activities that the awakening to languages offers pupils; to help them open up to what is different, and develop their ability to observe and learn languages. This approach is an integral part of efforts by the Council of Europe aimed at plurilingualism, promoting the diversity of languages in education systems and democratic citizenship. Already it is a story that goes back a long way. The Janua Linguarum programme, developed at the European Centre for Modern Languages between 2000 and 2003, has focused on disseminating the awakening to languages approach in sixteen countries of Europe and on studying the conditions under which it was introduced into their curricula. It has provided a better understanding of how the approach can be introduced according to the context. Janua Linguarum has also taught us more about the wide array of obstacles to be overcome and the successes we can anticipate.

Target group(s): teachersteacher educators

Publication year: 2007

Author(s): Michel Candelier

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