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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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EPOSTL - A reflection tool for language teacher education
EPOSTL has had a major influence on teacher education and has already been translated into several languages. It contains an overview of the competences needed by teachers and is a tool for self-assessment for student teachers and for practising teachers. The Portfolio provides checklists relating to the specific competences for planning and teaching lessons, for assessment, methodology and use of resources, as well as a dossier to prompt reflection.

CoCoCop – Coherence of principles, cohesion of competences: exploring theories and designing materials for teacher education
The book seeks to prompt critical awareness of theoretical aspects of language teaching; to provide examples of links between theory and practice; to explore how language-based aims can integrate social and educational aims. It describes theories beyond CTL, relating to learner autonomy, intercultural awareness and grammar teaching, and illustrates this with examples from literature teaching.

Gulliver – To get to know each other leads to better mutual understanding
The Gulliver project was based on the use of Internet Forums between schools to promote intercultural understanding. It reports on a project involving a forum for 23 school classes in 22 countries and the booklet, CD-ROM and Website give guidance on how to set up and organise forums, with examples of activities leading to stimulate intercultural learning.

ICOPROMO – Intercultural competence for professional mobility
Composed of a book which provides a theoretical background, and a CD-ROM with 18 teaching-learning activities to develop intercultural competence among mobile professionals. It is designed for managers and for students and has developed a theoretical model, based on a quantitative study in four countries. It describes psychological and sociological aspects of interculturality and how it is related to democratic citizenship and social responsibility.

Plurilingual and pluricultural awareness in language teacher education: A training kit (LEA)
The book combines an introduction to plurilingual and pluricultural education and discussion of how this has an impact on teaching practice and teacher identity with a series of activities designed to develop teachers’ awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity. These are complemented by a CD-ROM with 25 activities produced by the project group, all centering on aspects of teachers’ approach to the theme.

ICCinTE – Intercultural communication training in teacher education
The book with its accompanying CD-ROM provides a theoretical description of intercultural communicative competence; is a guide to organising training workshops for teachers on this subject; provides examples of how literature, films and songs can be used to teach this competence, and addresses the issue of how to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to achieve it.

CHAGAL - Setup
The booklet is an introduction to a CD-ROM which describes, first, principles for curriculum design for university access courses for students which take into account their need for linguistic support and help in adapting both to a new culture and to university life and approach to study. In addition, there are examples of good practice from 9 different countries and a set of “recipes” as guidelines for curricula which make provision for linguistic and cultural diversity.

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.

LQuest - LanguageQuests
The result of the project is a website http://www.lquest.net , designed for language teachers interested in developing the concept of language quests on the Internet. The site gives instant access to a collection of LanguageQuests for various target languages and opportunities to join a network of colleagues working with LQuests in schools and in training. There are tools for assessing webquests and resources to help use them in the classroom.

LCaS – Teacher training modules on the use of case studies in language teaching at secondary and university level - A handbook
Is a handbook for secondary and university teachers on the use of case studies in language teaching. It provides a rationale for their use in task-based teaching and describes different kinds of activity – project work, webquests, simulations, as well as case studies. The guide illustrates how case studies can be used to promote linguistic and metalinguistic competence. There are examples of case studies for English and French.

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