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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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VALEUR - Valuing all languages in Europe

The aim of the Valeur was to raise awareness of the “additional” languages – those which are not national and regional languages – used in Europe, and collate information about the educational provision made for them. A flyer describes the educational, social and cognitive benefits of plurilingualism and a report includes country by country details of the languages in use, together with recommendations on educational policies to deal with the issues arising from linguistic

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CLIL matrix

The CLIL project provides a series of indicators for teachers in a CLIL context to assess their teaching, together with examples of good practice to help them improve. The indicators cover the four aspects of culture, communication, cognition and community, each from the 4 key concepts – content, language, integration and learning. There is also further information about CLIL.

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TEMOLAYOLE – Teaching modern languages to young learners: teachers, curricula and materials

The Temolayole Book is the outcome of a conference in Hungary on the teaching of languages to young learners. It consists of 10 articles recounting different aspects of good practice in this field, with an emphasis on teacher education, and the design of curricula and teaching materials. A range of innovatory projects are described, and topics include action research, the use of stories, methodology and cross border exchanges.

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Promoting linguistic diversity and whole-school development

Ensemble – whole school language profiles and policies – looks at areas of innovative practice in several European countries, and presents a number of case studies from several European countries, describing different approaches to involving all the stakeholders in fostering linguistic diversity – including parents and the community, heads of schools – and illustrating the need for “whole” school approaches.

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Blogs: web journals in language education

The purpose of the BLOGS project was to adapt the idea of web journals to language educational use. The book describes how web journals can contribute to the development of writing skills and gives guidance on how to set up and run a BLOG platform. The ideas in the project were tried out by over 600 users in many countries around Europe and a platform was created and made available on the Internet with a General Public Licence.

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GroupLead – Group facilitation in language teacher education

The folder and CD-ROM are a practical guide on how to get the best out of group discussions, using facilitation; the activities are designed to encourage teacher trainers (and teachers) to reflect on the dynamics of group discussion, with regard to attitudes and emotions as well as to content. The emphasis is on successful management of groups, backed up by videos, stories, key quotations, checklists and on creating optimal conditions for learning.

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First steps in teacher training: A practical guide “The TrainEd Kit”

A guide to training methodology for trainers and beginner teacher trainers. A book covers the skills trainers need – planning courses, presentations, mentoring, observations, facilitation etc – and a CD-ROM contains some 60 worksheets and reflection activities, together with PowerPoint presentations that can be used in training activities.

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ELP–TT – Preparing teachers to use the European Language Portfolio – arguments, materials and resources

ELP-TT - Training teachers to use the European Language Portfolio – A book with CD, plus a website. There is detailed background information about the European Language Portfolio and underlying pedagogic concepts, claiming that they prompt radical socio-linguistic changes in the approach to teaching and training.

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Impel – ELP implementation support

Impel – ELP implementation support consists of a leaflet and a database designed to gather information about different ways of putting European Language Portfolios into practice. On the website, there are case studies of both national and school level implementations.

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Across languages and cultures

Across languages and cultures – a major theoretical framework for plural approaches to learning languages and cultures – language learning in which more than one language (in addition to the learner’s first language) is involved. The Framework explains the conceptual justification for the approach and includes descriptors of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to implement didactic approaches to it – awakening to languages, inter-comprehension and integrated didactics

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