The future of language education in Europe: case studies of innovative practices
The Network of Experts working on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET), one of the seven official knowledge providers of European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), has recently published a new analytical report, titled ‘The future of language education in Europe: case studies of innovative practices’.
The main purpose of this report is to explore emerging innovative approaches and strategies of language teaching in Europe supporting learners’ plurilingualism, inspire educators and policy makers to innovate and implement forward-looking policies and practices in language education, and contribute to the implementation of the EU Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages (adopted in May 2019).
The publication also refers to the work of the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and highlights 8 projects and tools promoting plurilingual pedagogies (see pp. 4, 36, 37, 40, 61, 88, 114, 118, 128):
You can access the full report (English) and executive summaries (English, French and German) on the website nesetweb.eu.
Take your language teaching online! A webinar for language teachers
With Europe still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are currently obliged to teach fully online. For a lot of language teachers this is a completely new and unfamiliar situation, seemingly with plenty of potential pitfalls.
To offer assistance in this challenging area, we are hosting an online workshop, drawing on the extensive experience and work of the European Centre for Modern Languages’ project ICT-REV: Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning.
The workshop will begin by focusing on teachers’ needs in technology dependent teaching and providing examples of how technology can be used to promote interaction in online language teaching.
Participants will then be able to explore the ICT-REV Inventory of ICT tools and to reflect on how specific applications can be used to bring added value to online language teaching and learning.
The webinar will be interactive and is specifically aimed at helping teachers who are currently obliged to teach fully online as a result of the current situation.
The workshop is open to teachers of all languages and will be offered separately in English, French and German on the following dates/times:
- In English: Wednesday, May 6: 17:00-19:00 CET
- In French: Friday, May 8: 17:00-19:00 CET
- In German: Monday, May 11: 17:00-19:00 CET
If you would like to participate, please register at the following address at least three days before the session you would like to attend, so that you can take part in a short pre-workshop activity.
For any questions regarding registration please contact: email@example.com. Make sure to indicate “ICT-REV workshop” and the date you would like to attend in the subject line of your message.
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