The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is a Council of Europe institution to which thirty-three countries currently subscribe. The ECML assists its member states in addressing challenges within their national education systems by:
The work of the Centre focuses primarily on priority areas in member states such as migration and language education, plurilingual education, mobility and intercultural learning, new media in language education, evaluation and assessment, early language learning, content and language integrated learning, employment and languages. Teacher education is at the core of its work. ECML activities are complementary to those of the Council of Europe’s work related to the development of policies and planning tools in the field of language education and the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
Within the framework of its 4-year programmes, the Centre works together with ministries, language experts, national institutions and international language organisations. Through its programmes, the ECML provides a platform for gathering and disseminating information, stimulating discussion and training multipliers in matters related to language education. It also maintains Europe-wide networks for teacher trainers, researchers and educational administrators.
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The LEA (Language Educator Awareness) training kit comprises a set of practical instruments designed to help teacher educators introduce the essential aspects of plurilingualism and pluriculturalism to language teachers and learners. It consists of a printed booklet setting out the rationale for a series of training activities, which are contained on an accompanying CD-Rom.
The kit encourages language teachers to reflect on the notion of diversity, which is so fundamental an element in the process of linguistic and communicative education – the “dialogue with the other”. Its ultimate goal is to contribute towards building a school capable of providing local and global perspectives on the language curriculum, of offering communication opportunities with peoples and cultures from far away as well as nearby and of promoting the ability to speak languages with different statuses and functions.
The coordinating team of experts and all those who took part in LEA project run at the ECML between 2004 and 2007 hope that this publication will help raise educators’ awareness of the need to build up fairer and more democratic societies, enhancing the concepts of mutual respect and the promotion of linguistic and cultural diversity as principles to be followed in language teacher education.
Editors: Mercè Bernaus, Ana Isabel Andrade, Martine Kervran, Anna Murkowska and Fernando Trujillo Sáez
Target group(s): teachers
Publication year: 2007
La dimension plurilingue et pluriculturelle dans la formation des enseignants de langues - Kit de formation - LEA (FR)
Plurilingual and pluricultural awareness in language teacher education - A training kit - LEA (EN)
LEA Website (EN) (FR)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
For the book:Glaser Evelyne (2007),
Plurilingual and pluricultural awareness in language teacher education: A training kit (LEA), Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg.
For the website:
Plurilingual and pluricultural awareness in language teacher education: A training kit (LEA), Council of Europe (European Centre for Modern Languages), Graz,
available at , accessed 24 Feb 2024.
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