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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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ODYSSEUS - Second language at the workplace: Language needs of migrant workers: Organising language learning for the vocational/workplace context
In the last three decades Europe has seen an unprecedented movement of people across borders. Traditional causes for migration like wars, political and religious persecution and poverty are accelerated by globalisation processes, technological and demographic developments and the change from industrial to "knowledge and service".
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Cultural awareness and language awareness based on dialogic interaction with texts in foreign language learning
The purpose of this book is not to give recipes. It is an attempt to investigate, theoretically as well as practically, certain important concepts in foreign language learning: dialogue, communication, intercultural awareness, language awareness, and the roles of teacher and learner.
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Information and communication technologies in vocationally oriented language learning
New technologies have become the predominant influence on the way we live and work at the beginning of the new millennium. The aim of the ICT in VOLL project was to consider the potential new technologies have to offer for the creation of innovative learning environments for language training for professional and specific (vocationally oriented) purposes.
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Information and communication technologies and young language learners
This publication describes a project, which aimed at integrating web-based communication with a thematic story approach to teaching a foreign language to 8 to 10 year-olds. The aim was to encourage the use of the World Wide Web as a medium over which children could publish their language productions to an audience of peers from participating schools in 21 European countries.
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How strange! The use of anecdotes in the development of intercultural competence
Successful communication presupposes a good degree of social understanding and sharing of meaning and therefore participating in a community's life via another language necessitates not only an acceptable level of proficiency in that language, but also an extended behavioural code. What kind of cultural set-backs do language learners face when visiting the target country, or even in interacting with native speakers of a language?
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An early start: Young learners and modern languages in Europe and beyond
The idea for the comparative study dates from ECML, workshop No.2/97 entitled 'Theme -based Foreign Language Teaching to Young Learners' hosted in Graz. Participants from 20 countries attended. In the publication An Early Start: Young Learners and Modern Languages in Europe and Beyond, 18 articles present different approaches to early language learning on a national basis.
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Approaches to materials design in European textbooks: Implementing principles of authenticity, learner autonomy, cultural awareness
The publication sets out to present some of the principal theoretical issues underlying the topics in question and how authors attempt to implement aspects of these theories in their own work.
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Introducing learner autonomy in teacher education
Introducing Learner Autonomy in Teacher Education is the first in a series of six studies by the ECML and was initiated during workshop No. 3/97 `Language and Cultural Awareness in Language Learning/Teaching for the development of Learner Autonomy´, which was held in Graz. An international network was set up and supported by the ECML. Its aim was to produce and test in-service and pre-service teacher-training modules and implement learner autonomy.
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Language across the curriculum: Network processing and material production in an international context
LAC represents an exciting new approach to foreign language learning at primary and secondary level, whereby children learn a language simultaneously with other practical exercises.
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Learner autonomy: The teachers' views
Learner Autonomy: The Teachers' View is the result of a research project initiated during ECML workshop No.8/97 entitled 'Aspects of Teaching Methodology in Bilingual Classes at Secondary School Level' which was held in Graz in May 1997. As the title suggests the project set out to be a research exercise which aimed to identify teachers' attitudes towards Learner Autonomy.
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