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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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The organisation of language education in small states

The experiences of small states in the area of the organization and set-up of language education may in certain respects differ substantially from the experiences of larger states. Considering the importance that is attributed, on a European scale, of linguistic and cultural diversity, to the promotion of education for plurilingualism in general, and to the promotion of diversification in language teaching, especially for lesser used languages, experiences of these countries are of particular interest. It has been demonstrated that through choice or necessity plurilingualism constitutes one of their major assets. Common features, such as their situation vis à vis languages, tend to bring small states closer together. Smaller states find themselves in a position, which is simultaneously both privileged and delicate with regard to languages: privileged, as they are situated in an open border area which can benefit from what one or more large state can offer and delicate as the mother tongue, the official language, has to struggle more fiercely in order to conserve its status which is necessarily privileged and protected. Finding a balance between the different languages present should not be to the detriment of the national language, which provides the foundation for this diversity.

Target group(s): teacher educatorsdecision-makers

Publication year: 2003

Author(s): Francesca-Junyent Montagne



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