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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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Neighbouring language teaching in border regions

Different practices in border regions? The project has enabled the identification of approaches, which fully benefit from the geographical proximity of the other language. One example is the method of tandem learning, where pairs of pupils on either side of the border can help each one to learn the other’s language. In other areas lessons bring together pupils from both sides of the border and offer a form of bilingual and bilateral teaching. Yet there are many border regions still inexperienced in this subject area. How can good practice be disseminated? Through this project, CICERO, a coordinating body has been set up to disseminate good practice in this area. An online database, also established within the framework of the project, contains project descriptions, practical advice, names of experts and the latest news which can help to improve knowledge and know-how. Various publications with the same aims have also been printed. Seminars held in a number of border regions have proved even more effective, enabling activities to take place in regions in diverse contexts such as the Basque country where French and Spanish rub shoulders and Basque is the common language, and in a region between Estonia and Russia where the language border has yet to be drawn.

Target group(s): teachersteacher educatorsdecision-makers

Publication year: 2000

Author(s): Ruud Halink

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Download the catalogue of the ECML programme outputs 2016-2019 "Languages at the heart of learning": English - French

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