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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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Cultural mediation in language learning and teaching

This training project for learning about research through research brought together representatives from over twenty-five of the ECML member countries. Its results are contained in a publication and a set of recommendations addressed to policy-makers, is the introduction of cultural mediation into the debate on language didactics. Whereas most innovations in language didactics appear in the form of new teaching tools, the Cultural mediation in language learning and teaching project chose to follow a new path by adopting a "learning by doing" approach to research. It attempted to tackle several challenges:
• to experience the variety of different teaching cultures of the participants as a source of innovation rather than as an obstacle;
• to adopt a pluridisciplinary approach by introducing references taken from the social sciences in order to develop a reflection on the role of languages in social cohesion;
• to try and provide answers to a question hitherto rarely raised in the didactics of languages and cultures, mediation itself. Readers may judge the extent of the project´s success for themselves by reading the findings and recommendations that came out of the project. A network of researchers devoted to the question of cultural mediation, bringing together different European institutions, a follow-up to this project.

Target group(s): teachersteacher educators

Publication year: 2004

Author(s): Geneviève Zarate

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