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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How can the efficiency of conferences and congresses be ensured in terms of content and methodology? The aim of this handbook is to formulate a methodology of conference organisation and, more specifically, to formulate principles for the effectiveness and appropriateness of organisational formats, such as round tables, workshops, presentations, etc. in relation to the purpose they should serve and to the conditions under which they are to be performed. The organisation of conferences and workshops are core functions for the European Centre for Modern Languages. 'Content design and methodology of seminars, workshops and congresses' represents the outcome of two ECML workshops, and has been edited specifically for a wider readership not necessarily directly involved with the Centre. It provides excellent practical guidelines both for those already involved in the content aspects of conference organisation or those who are starting out. The principles outlined in the handbook, although drawing upon experiences from the world of language teaching, can be equally well applied to a wide range of areas.
Target group(s): teachersteacher educatorsdecision-makers
Publication year: 2003
Alex Drougas, Gerard Westhoff
Content design and methodology of seminars, workshops and congresses (EN)
Méthodologie et organisation de séminaires, d'ateliers et de conférences (FR)
Please use the following bibliographic reference if you choose to cite any part of this resource:
Drougas Alex, Westhoff Gerard (2003),
Content design and methodology of seminars, workshops and congresses, Council of Europe Publishing, Strasbourg.
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