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Webinar, Thursday 3 December 15:45 - 16:30 CET

"Covid-19 and language education: Two challenges, one response"

ECML WEBINAR FOR LANGUAGE EDUCATION DECISION MAKERS 

David Little, Trinity College Dublin

Abstract

No one knows when the world will find a solution to the Covid-19 problem, and no one knows whether we shall ever return to what we think of as normality. In these circumstances, it seems appropriate to start looking for effective responses to the educational challenges posed by Covid-19. Members of the Council of Europe’s Standing Committee for Education Policy and Practice and the ECML’s Governing Board have identified public examinations and distance learning as areas of particular concern in language education. This webinar will briefly discuss these concerns and outline a possible response based on the CEFR and its Companion Volume.

Target group

The webinar is intended for language education decision makers – e.g. those responsible for policy and/or for curricula and assessment who are interested in the issues raised and would like to explore the possibility of working towards a solution in collaboration with other countries under the aegis of the ECML.

Pre-webinar preparation

Intending participants may like to reflect on the following questions prior to the webinar:

  • Are foreign language curricula in your country aligned with the CEFR? If yes, in what way(s)
  • Is school work included in the assessment of students at the end of their schooling? If yes, how do you monitor and “standardize” grades given by teachers?
  • Is portfolio learning part of your country’s pedagogical tradition? 
  • Did your country develop one or more versions of the European Language Portfolio? If yes, is it/are they still in use? If your ELP(s) are no longer in use, why do you think this is? 
  • How effectively are students in your country prepared for self-directed learning of the kind imposed by Covid-19 restrictions? How do schools and teachers support such learning?

Please note: this webinar will be held in English only.

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Webinar "Take your language teaching online!"

Recorded 6, 8 and 11 May 2020.

Webinar in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lt1gqzMBv0

Webinar in French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrM13-eqonE

Webinar in German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCDi4Uh9MFE


Webinar "PALINGUI – Language learning pathways of young children: How to make language learning visible"

Language learning pathways are becoming more and more diverse as a result of linguistic and cultural diversity. This diversity means that young people can grow up with multiple languages and cultures, different practices and customs, as well as different ways of speaking and writing.

The new PALINGUI project of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML) will be looking at these diverse linguistic journeys of young learners and how to make these visible.

  • How can we show young children’s daily language learning? What are the key stages of their development? How can we evaluate language learning and ensure that it is appreciated and valued?
  • How can we support young children’s understanding of their own learning and help them describe their next steps in their own language learning journey? 
  • How can we document learning and progress in a well-founded and understandable way?
  • How can we do this in the face of our demanding daily school life, without losing sight of the curriculum and without creating extra work

Recorded 5 March 2020.

Webinar in English and French: https://youtu.be/ugoFpSJOaCY
PDFs for download: powerpoint presentation


Webinar "How to ensure that languages flourish in your school"

Would you describe your school as language-sensitive? Were teachers able to address the different linguistic needs of learners during lockdown? How well is your school adapting to hybrid ways of working? Are you looking for inspiring ideas for launching whole-school language projects? 

If you are a headteacher, inspector or in a role that supports teacher development in relation to language education, this webinar is for you. By showing you a range of easy-to-use resources developed through the ECML project EOL – learning environments where foreign languages flourish – and adapted to hybrid learning, it will help you see how much your school can benefit from taking a holistic approach to language education which supports all learners reach their potential. It also offers an excellent opportunity to promote collective reflection around the challenges that schools are facing as the pandemic continues.

Recorded 12 Oct 2020.

Webinar in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QW_RT2W2fc
PDFs for downloads: powerpoint presentation - participants’ answers on Menti - Padlet

Webinar in French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QZod3OLyz4
PDFs for downloads: powerpoint presentationparticipants’ answers on Menti - Padlet