Series of 48 language education workshops in member states
The European Centre for Modern Languages is launching a series of 48 national training and consultancy workshops . The workshops which are hosted in member states offer a wide range of European expertise in language education and are adapted to the concrete needs and specific contexts within individual countries. This year represents the highest ever number of events organised according to this format by the ECML and reflects the increasing popularity of the Centre’s training and consultancy activities.
25 of the events will take place within the framework of the “Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning” cooperation action between the ECML and the European Commission. These activities, covering member states of the ECML and the European Union, focus on Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG), Supporting Multilingual Classrooms and Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning
The other 23 events targeting the member states of the ECML focus on the following areas: Action research communities, CLIL and beyond – pluriliteracies, Language for work, Language of schooling in subject learning, Plurilingual and intercultural approaches (CARAP/FREPA), The ROADMAP – a self-assessment tool to foster school development, Setting up learning environments where modern languages flourish.
The events combine professional input from the ECML and expertise in the member state to initiate quality developments – the workshops can assist in change processes in language education at local, regional and national levels. The first of the events, a RELANG workshop, will take place at the Lithuanian National Agency for Education in Vilnius on 7-9 March.
Training and consultancy for ECML member states: network meeting for ECML training teams and national local organisers (Graz, 27 January 2023)
The ECML offers its member states European expertise in language education adapted to the concrete needs and specific contexts within individual countries.
On 26 January 2023, seven training and consultancy (TaC) teams exchanged their experience in the field of:
- Action research communities,
- CLIL and beyond – pluriliteracies,
- Language for work,
- Language of schooling in subject learning,
- Plurilingual and intercultural approaches (CARAP/FREPA),
- The ROADMAP - a self-assessment tool to foster school development,
- Setting up learning environments where modern languages flourish (online presentation),
focusing on highlights, challenges and learning opportunities, and conclusions for 2023 activities.
The network meeting with the local organisers from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia took place on 27 January. The participants got an overview of the TaC offers and their benefits from previous experience, national contexts and needs, and the ECML support provided. Individual meetings took place for local organisers with the TaC teams to discuss the organisation and arrangements of their national events planned this year.
In 2023 the ECML will conduct 23 training events in 17 member states:
|Action research communities (ARC):
||Luxembourg, Montenegro, Norway
|Language for work (LfW):
|Plurilingual and intercultural approaches (FREPA):
||Greece, Malta, Serbia, Slovak Republic
|Supporting the language(s) of schooling (ROADMAP):
||France, Germany, Poland
|CLIL and beyond:
||Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, NorthMacedonia, Poland
|Language of schooling in subject learning (LiS):
||Malta, Slovenia, Belgium
|Setting up learning environments where modern languages flourish (EOL):
||Armenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece
In addition, up to 25 workshops will be organised in ECML and EU member states through the Centre’s cooperation action with the European Commission – these will be announced shortly.
CLIL: A rewarding challenge
Date of the event: 27-28 October 2022
Format of the event: Training workshop, webinar
Local organiser of the event: Rodica Diana Cherciu, Ministry of Education with the support of Teachers’ Training Centre – Arad
ECML experts:Letizia Cinganotto (Italy) and Kevin Schuck (Netherlands)
Participants: 27 teachers
- Foreign language teachers teaching in bilingual/intensive classes – high school level
- Teachers of non-linguistic subjects at bilingual/intensive classes – high school level
- Teacher educators
- Foreign language inspectors (who endorse elective studies in foreign languages)
The webinar “CLIL and beyond: pluriliteracies for deeper learning” has offered an innovative professional experience in the field of modern languages as a vehicle for making visible and further fostering students’ literacy in various non-linguistic fields. Beyond the theoretical perspectives, CLIL is perhaps one of the most challenging approaches that stimulates didactic creativity, out-of-the -box and critical thinking at the same time, challenging teachers’ mastery in turning language into a tool for deepening, connecting and transferring knowledge.
What ECML offers foreign language teachers, especially through its training workshops, together with the publications, toolkits, and webinars, represents a key stage in the process of capitalising the potential of modern languages within the context of the increasingly growing demand for an education tailored to meet the challenges of an ongoing changing society.
Rodica Diana Cherciu
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CLIL – O provocare care răsplătește
Atelierul “CLIL and beyond: Pluriliteracies for deeper learning” a oferit o experiență profesională novatoare în domeniul studiului limbilor moderne, vizualizate ca instrumente de stimulare și facilitare a alfabetizării elevilor în diferite alte domenii științifice. Dincolo de perspectivele teoretice, CLIL reprezintă poate unul dintre cele mai provocatoare exerciții care solicită creativitatea didactică, gândirea critică, provocând măiestria profesorului în transformarea limbii într-un instrument de aprofundare, de relaționare și de transfer al cunoștințelor.
Ceea ce ECML pune la dispoziția profesorilor de limbi moderne, cu precădere prin oferta de programe de formare, alături de publicații, webinarii și alte resurse deschise, reprezintă un pas înainte pentru valorificarea potențialului limbilor moderne la maximum, în contextul cerinței din ce în ce mai mari ca educația să răspundă provocărilor unei societăți în continuă transformare.
Rodica Diana Cherciu
An approach to language teaching and learning through ‘Pluriliteracies’ (6-7 October 2022, Brussels)
Local organiser of this ECML training and consultancy: Karine Dekeukelaere, Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
ECML experts: Dunja Chamberlain and Frederic Taveau, International School of Geneva, Switzerland
Date and venue of the event: 6-7 October 2022, Brussels, Belgium
Participants: +/- 30 primary and secondary (language and CLIL) teachers; pedagogical advisors for language and CLIL teaching; teacher trainers, CLIL coordinators from all school nets and from Flanders and French and German speaking Belgium.
Language Immersion Teaching (CLIL) is a very popular approach in Belgium. Many young people desire to enroll in such programmes, running the risk of not being accepted due to the limited amount of spaces available and the lack of teachers. Many teachers who take on this kind of project face the challenge of preparing a variety materials to help their young audience acquire not only the language of instruction but also the content of the subjects studied. Moreover, the interested students come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, which also adds to the degree of difficulty. This challenge can nevertheless become an asset when it comes to valuing the language of schooling, that of the Linguistic Immersion class, and the language(s) acquired in the students‘ family environments by approaching these situations through the perspective of Pluriliteracies.
Thanks to the two-day workshop, facilitated by ECML experts, teachers, teacher trainers and pedagogical advisors can improve and strengthen the quality of their interventions. This will be done through a dynamic process of practical tool sharing, illustrative videos, in-depth explanations of the theory, and exchanges between professionals in the field. And above all, through an active approach to discovering the benefits of Pluriliteracies.
Make sure not to miss this workshop!
Authors: Karine Dekeukelaere according to Dunja Chamberlain and Frédéric Taveau
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Just published: Pluriliteracies teaching for deeper learning
In their book Beyond CLIL: Pluriliteracies teaching for deeper learning, Do Coyle (University of Edinburgh, UK) and Oliver Meyer (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany) propose a new 'pluriliteracies' approach which refines and develops current thinking in CLIL and show how to put that understanding into practice. This resource will be valuable to both academics and education practitioners.
The book is based on the work of the ECML on “A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning”, among others.
- Coyle D. & Meyer O. (2021), Beyond CLIL: Pluriliteracies teaching for deeper learning, Cambride University Press: description and key features
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The teachers from the Pilsen Region and other teachers of chosen schools had a unique opportunity to get to know CLIL
Local organisation: Krajský úřad Plzeňského kraje, Odbor školství, mládeže a sportu / The Regional Authority of the Pilsen Region, Department of Education, Youth and Sport;
Landesversammlung der deutschen Vereine in der Tschechischen Republik e.V.
ECML experts: Kevin Schuck, The Netherlands; Susanne Staschen-Dielmann, United Kingdom.
Participants: 65 teachers of basic and secondary schools.
The participants had the opportunity to get to know CLIL in an interactive and interesting format. The workshop was pedagogical and didactical and full of elements of modern pedagogy. It provided insights into formative evaluation and very precise planning including the focus of a lesson, types of evaluation, methods used and organisational formats. These formats included approaches for all the pupils and students; they are supposed to reflect on the subject matter rather than focusing only on memory reproduction.
For German teachers and teachers who want to use German in a CLIL approach, this workshop was a unique opportunity. Most similar courses are based on English and German teachers have to redesign and adapt everything individually. We hope it will be possible to follow up on this meeting and support them in their further work.
We believe that the workshop was of great value to all participants and that they will use the knowledge they have gained in their lessons at schools.
We also hope that we will have further opportunities to organise other interesting workshops within the theme of modern languages.
Alexandra Weberová and Barbora Štychová, The Regional Authority of the Pilsen Region
Zuzana Svobodová, representative of Landesversammlung der deutschen Vereine in der Tschechischen Republik e.V.
CLIL and beyond pluriliteracies for deeper learning: how teachers can create learning pathways for their students
Local organisers of the ECML training and consultancy event:
Prešovská univerzita, Štátny pedagogický ústav, Univerzita Mateja Bela, Trnavská univerzita, Slovak Republic - Zuzana Strakov, Silvia Pokrivčákov, Dana Hanesová, Beáta Menzlová
Dates, format, participants:
Day 1: 21 January 2021, MS Teams, 204 participants
Day 2: 16 February 2021, online workshop, MS Teams (German section), Zoom (English section), 120 participants
Background of the participants: English and German language teachers, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary teachers
“Pluriliteracies for deeper learning” shows teachers and materials' developers ways of fostering deep learning by paying attention to the development of students’ subject specific literacies as well as their conceptual understanding and automatisation of subject-specific procedures, skills and strategies. By communicating about their evolving understanding in increasingly sophisticated ways, students internalise their understanding and ways of acting and thinking. “Pluriliteracies for deeper learning” not only makes the links between content and language learning visible, but it also shows how teachers can create learning trajectories, taking students’ current abilities as a starting point and tracing their progress along the learning pathway. Participants in the workshop benefit mainly by sharing their experience and considering “other” ways of thinking which can help to find new possibilities to support deep learning in their classroom.
Zuzana Straková, Faculty of Arts, University of Prešov (local organiser of this event)
Obsahovo a jazykovo integrované vzdelávanie a rozvoj funkčnej aviacnásobnej gramotnosti pre hĺbkové učenie
Rozvoj funkčnej aviacnásobnej gramotnosti umožňuje učiteľom a tvorcom učebných materiálov vnímať rôzne možnosti podpory hĺbkového učenia (deep learning) tým, že sa venuje pozornosť rozvoju špecifických gramotností študentov, ako aj ich koncepčnému porozumeniu a automatizácii postupov, zručností a stratégií uplatňovaných v jednotlivých predmetoch. Tým, že študenti komunikujú o svojom rozvíjajúcom sa porozumení čoraz sofistikovanejšími spôsobmi, internalizujú toto chápanie, spôsoby konania a myslenia. Tento prístup pomáha študentom zreteľnejšie vnímať prepojenie medzi obsahom a jazykom, ale tiež učiteľom vytvoriť podmienky pre ich zmysluplný a kontinuálny rozvoj. Účastníci seminára sa prostredníctvom zdieľania vlastných skúseností a uvedomovania si viacerých možností rôznych prístupov k vytýčeným cieľom obohacujú o rozšírené obzory, ktoré im umožnia vnímať vlastný kontext z viacerých uhlov a hľadať možnosti pre prieniky do hĺbkového učenia.
CLIL and beyond - a pluriliteracies approach for deeper learning: ECML training and consultancy workshop for Denmark
Date: 29-30 November 2019
Venue: Copenhagen, Comfort Hotel Copenhagen
Participants: 27 language teachers from all educational levels, teacher trainers and university teachers/researchers
Local organisers: Ana Kanareva-Dimitrovska and Anne Sofie Jakobsen
ECML experts: Do Coyle and Kevin Schuck
On 29-30 November 2019, the ECML Contact Point Denmark, the Danish National Centre for Foreign Languages invited ECML experts Do Coyle and Kevin Schuck in Copenhagen to provide a training and consultancy workshop on CLIL and beyond - a pluriliteracies approach for deeper learning.
In the workshop, language teachers from different educational levels and teacher trainers discussed their needs and challenges regarding the use of CLIL approach in the language classroom. CLIL concepts and methods were presented and teachers reflected on techniques for achieving sustainability of results related to the integration of CLIL approach. Participants explored different videos, materials and lesson plans available on the website, A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning and they prepared activities and tasks based on these tools. They shared their experiences with other participants and discussed what makes a successful activity. Both days were a good combination of theory and practical tasks. Some materials from the CLIL and Pluriliteracies approach project and the workshop will be adapted/modified to fit a particular institutional context.
The participants were encouraged to send project proposals to the Danish National Centre for Foreign Languages based on implementation of CLIL and a pluriliteracies approach for learning. The National Centre organised a follow-up seminar on 3 June 2020 with participants to discuss their experience with CLIL and pluriliteracies approach six months after the training. We encouraged the participants to establish a national network for CLIL and a pluriliteracies approach for deeper learning and one part of network’s activities could be financed by the The Danish National Centre for Foreign Languages. These activities are a part of our strategy to enhance the impact of the ECML workshops in Denmark.
Learn more about A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning here.
Ana Kanareva-Dimitrovska (local organiser),
The Danish National Centre for Foreign Languages, ECML Contact Point Denmark
More information about the ECML training and consultancy offer for member states is available here and on the local Danish website.
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning: ECML workshop (5-6 December 2019, Sulejówek, Poland)
Venue: Sulejówek Training Centre, Sulejówek, Poland.
Local organiser: Elżbieta Witkowska, Education Development Center / Ośrodek Rozwoju Edukacji
ECML trainers: Dunja Chamberlain and Frédéric Taveau, Switzerland.
Participants: 24 teacher consultants, methodology advisors, English teachers, teachers of non-language subjects in primary and upper secondary schools.
The opportunity to have a workshop run by ECML experts is always a great advantage for participants to learn something new and to enhance teaching skills and get more motivated in work. The workshop on “A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” with Dunja Chamberlain and Frederic Taveau as experts was undoubtedly of a great value for the participants.
Although the target group represented various educational backgrounds (such as in-service teacher training institutions, primary and secondary school teachers of English and other non-language subjects), the particpants all benefitted from the content presented and the activities carried out during the workshop. The ECML experts prepared the materials that were used druing the activities, but they will also be invaluable for the participants while planning activities for their students or preparing workshops for their colleagues. Due to the trainers’ expertise, many years of practice and their dedication to work, the participants went back home, inspired with new ideas for their work and encouraged to implement them in their own teaching practice.
The workshops led by ECML are always of the greatest standards and value, so it is always worth applying for one!
Elżbieta Witkowska, local organiser
Warsztaty organizowane we współpracy z ECML, prowadzone przez wybitnych ekspertów z danej dziedziny są zawsze doskonałą okazją do zdobywania nowej wiedzy i doskonalenia warsztatu pracy. Szkolenie Pluriliteracies Approach to Teaching for Learning prowadzone przez trenerów ECML -Dunję Chamberlain and Frederica Taveau również było znakomitą okazją do zapoznania się z nowymi pomysłami na nauczanie, tym razem w systemie dwujęzycznym, tak aby było on efektywne. Eksperci, przygotowali dla uczestników materiały, które wykorzystywane były w trakcje wykonywania ćwiczeń , ale będą również pomocne w przygotowywaniu własnych warsztatów bądź lekcji w szkole. Eksperci zaprezentowali tematykę w sposób przystępny, łącząc wiadomości teoretyczne z treściami praktycznymi. Uczestnicy mieli okazję pracować w grupach, dzielić się swoimi doświadczeniami oraz poznać techniki i strategie pracy wspomagające nauczania treści przedmiotowych poprzez język angielski.
Nasza instytucja po raz kolejny miała okazję do zorganizowania warsztatów we współpracy z ECML i po raz kolejny okazały się one ogromnym sukcesem, a uczestnicy wrócili do domu zainspirowani nowymi pomysłami.
"Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) - A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning": workshop results (16-17 May 2019, Larissa, Greece)
Date: 16-17 May 2019
Venue: Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa-Museum G.I. Katsigra, Larissa, Greece
Local organiser: Marina Kollatou, Head Teacher of 3rd Senior High of Larissa, President of English Teachers’ Association of Larissa
ECML experts: Dunja Chamberlain and Frédéric Taveau
Participants: 38 teachers of different subjects, head teachers, coordinators of education.
A two-day workshop titled “Content and language integrated learning – A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” took place in Larissa, Greece on 16-17 May 2019. The workshop was organised in the framework of ECML’s cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Directorate of European and International Relations.
The workshop participants greatly benefited from the trainers’ presentations, materials, resources and activities as well as from their own active participation in classroom activities simulations, discussions and group work. More specifically, they enhanced their scope of teaching approaches, they developed awareness of the value of the pluriliteracies approach for the development of academic literacies and transferable skills of learners and realized the importance of the teacher’s mindset in the teaching and learning process. They became aware of the fact that the pluriliteracies approach enables teachers to facilitate deep learning across languages, disciplines and cultures for all learners, including those who do not speak the official language spoken in the school (Greek, in our case), thus enhancing their performance in the different subjects and acquiring a good command of academic language.
Finally, participants were encouraged to seek for opportunities offered by ECML (https://www.ecml.at/) to broaden their knowledge on modern pedagogies, expand their teaching practices and take advantage of the ECML resources.
Marina Kollatou, local organiser
Διήμερο εργαστήριο με θέμα «Ολοκληρωμένη Διδασκαλία Γλώσσας και Περιεχομένου (CLIL)
Μια μέθοδος ανάπτυξης πολυγραμματισμών για ουσιαστική μάθηση» πραγματοποιήθηκε στη Λάρισα στις 16-17 Μαΐου 2019. Το εργαστήριο διοργανώθηκε στο πλαίσιο συνεργασίας του Ευρωπαϊκού Κέντρου Σύγχρονων Γλωσσών του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης (ECML) και της Διεύθυνσης Ευρωπαϊκών και Διεθνών Σχέσεων του Ελληνικού Υπουργείου Παιδείας, Έρευνας και Θρησκευμάτων.
Το εργαστήριο ήταν εξαιρετικά χρήσιμο για τους εκπαιδευτικούς που συμμετείχαν καθώς τα οφέλη που αποκόμισαν ήταν πολλά σύμφωνα με τις μαρτυρίες τους. Πιο συγκεκριμένα, με τις παρουσιάσεις, τις δραστηριότητες, το υλικό που χρησιμοποίησαν οι εκπαιδευτές αλλά και με την ενεργό συμμετοχή τους στις συζητήσεις, στις ομαδικές εργασίες, στις προσομοιώσεις δραστηριοτήτων της τάξης, οι συμμετέχοντες είχαν την δυνατότητα να διευρύνουν τις παιδαγωγικές τους μεθόδους, να αντιληφθούν την αξία της διδασκαλίας των πολυγραμματισμών για την ανάπτυξη της ακαδημαϊκής γλώσσας και των δεξιοτήτων εκείνων που μπορούν να μεταφέρονται από μάθημα σε μάθημα. Επίσης, είχαν την ευκαιρία να συνειδητοποιήσουν το πόσο σημαντικό ρόλο στη μαθησιακή διαδικασία παίζει η στάση του εκπαιδευτικού.
Αντιλήφθηκαν ότι η μέθοδος των πολυγραμματισμών προσφέρει τη δυνατότητα στους εκπαιδευτικούς να διευκολύνουν την εμβάθυνση στη μάθηση γενικά, είτε πρόκειται για γλώσσα, επιστήμη, πολιτισμό, πράγμα που έχει ως αποτέλεσμα τη βελτίωση της επίδοσης και στη γλώσσα και στα διάφορα γνωστικά αντικείμενα, όχι μόνο των μαθητών που έχουν μητρική τη γλώσσα που ομιλείται στο σχολείο αλλά και των αλλόγλωσσων μαθητών.
Τέλος οι συμμετέχοντες παροτρύνθηκαν να αναζητούν και να αξιοποιούν της ευκαιρίες που προσφέρονται από το Ευρωπαϊκό Κέντρο Σύγχρονων Γλωσσών (https://www.ecml.at/) για να επικαιροποιήσουν τις γνώσεις τους σε θέματα διδακτικής και παιδαγωγικής και να εκμεταλλευτούν το υλικό και τις εκδόσεις που είναι αναρτημένα στον ιστότοπο του Κέντρου (https://www.ecml.at/Publications).
Preparing the 2019 series of ECML training and consultancy workshops in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Greece, and Poland
The ECML expert team of the activity “A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” discussed details of their 2019 training workshops with local organisers from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Greece, and Poland at the ECML in Graz.
More information on the individual training sessions will soon be available on the dedicated website.
ECML national training event in Montenegro: „Beyond CLIL – A Pluriliteracies approach to teaching and learning“ (Podgorica, 4-5 October 2018)
Date: 4-5 October 2018
Venue: Bureau for Education Services of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro
Local organiser: Nataša Perić, Bureau for Education Services of Montenegro
ECML experts: Do Coyle and Kevin Schuck
Participants: 26 teachers of all subjects, presidents of teachers associations, advisors from the Examination Centre and supervisors from the Bureau for Education Services
On 4 and 5 October 2018, the Bureau for Education Services, with the expert support of the European Centre for Modern Languages, organised a workshop Integrated content and language learning (CLIL). Class and subject teachers from primary and secondary schools that are implementing bilingual education programmes, advisors from the Examination Centre and supervisors from the Bureau for Education attended the training programme.
Integrated learning of content and language is one of the current issues when it comes to improving learning and teaching, but also to promoting multilingualism, as one of the policy principles of the European unity. The aim of this two-day training programme was to familiarize teachers with activities and methods whose implementation in the classroom will enable students to acquire not only professional, but also good linguistic and communicative competences.
The workshop was facilitated by two members of the ECML’s CLIL team, Kevin Schuck and Do Coyle and observed by Letizia Cinganotto, a researcher in the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research from Rome, who presented the School Education Gateway which is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
For more information about the ECML training and consultancy activity, you can visit the dedicated ECML website.
Nataša Perić, Bureau for Education Services of Montenegro
U organizaciji Zavoda za školstvo, uz ekspertsku podršku Evropskog centra za moderne jezike iz Graca, 4. i 5. oktobra 2018. godine, u Zavodu za školstvo, održan je seminar Integrisano učenje sadržaja i jezika (CLIL).
Program obuke su pohađali nastavnici razredne i predmetne nastave iz osnovnih i srednjih škola u kojima se realizuje dvojezična nastava, savjetnici iz Ispitnog Centra i nadzornici iz Zavoda za školstvo.
Integrisano učenje sadržaja i jezika je jedna od aktuelnih tema kada je riječ o unapređenju nastave, ali o 4 promovisanju višejezičnosti, kao principa politike evropskog jedinstva. Cilj ovog dvodnevnog programa obuke bio je upoznati nastavnike sa aktivnostima i metodama čijom će primjenom učenicima omogućiti sticanje, ne samo stručnih kompetencija i ovladavanje stručnom terminologijom, nego i dobru jezičku i komunikacijsku kompetenciju.
Voditelji seminara su eksperti Evropskog centra za moderne jezike Kevin Schuck i Do Coyle, dok je seminar pratila Letizia Cinganotto, istraživač u Ministarstvu za obrazovanje i istraživanje iz Rima, koja je učesnicima predstavila Teacher Academy i online platformu School Education Gateway.
Više informacija o projektu i resurse možete naći na sljedećem sajtu https://www.ecml.at/Thematicareas/ContentandLanguageIntegratedLearning/tabid/1625/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning – ECML training and consultancy offers for 2019: apply until 4 November 2018!
Are you looking for ways to increase your students’ subject performance and their command of academic language or of the language of schooling?
This ECML activity addresses the development of subject literacies and transferable skills in contexts where learners are operating in more than one language, e.g. education of migrant children, content and language integrated learning (CLIL):
Content and Language Integrated Learning |
A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning
The pluriliteracies approach will enable workshop participants to facilitate deep learning across languages, disciplines and cultures and it will provide ideas for adapting teaching approaches and materials to facilitate deep learning.
This offer is targeted at teachers, teacher trainers and curriculum writers and provides training courses and workshops to design material, reflect on teaching and learning, and plan learning sequences.
ECML experts in language education work with national authorities and local experts to devise and implement in-country activities, tailored to the particular context and target audience.
If you are looking for input for an in-service training to develop the professional skills of language educators or are in need of consultancy to advance local, regional or national reform processes and to meet international standards, take a closer look at what the ECML has on offer. Information on offers and the 2019 request form are available online: http://www.ecml.at/TrainingandConsultancy
Requests for a training and consultancy activity must be submitted via the national ECML representative in the Governing Board. Educational professionals interested in organising a particular activity should therefore contact their national representative.
Deadline for submission of requests by the ECML Governing Board member: 4 November 2018
ECML training and consultancy offers for 2019 – Apply now!
Are you looking for input for an in-service training to develop the professional skills of language educators? Or are you in need of consultancy to advance local, regional or national reform processes and to meet international standards? Then take a closer look at what the ECML has on offer.
ECML experts in language education work with national authorities and local experts to devise and implement in-country activities, tailored to the particular context and target audience.
Information on offers and the 2019 request form are available online: http://www.ecml.at/TrainingandConsultancy
Requests for a training and consultancy activity must be submitted until 4 November 2018 via the national ECML representative in the Governing Board.
Educational professionals interested in organising a particular activity should therefore contact their national representative.
ECML training and consultancy event in Armenia: Content and Language Integrated Learning; Pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning
Local organiser: Sona Hakobyan, Eurasia International University, Yerevan, Armenia
ECML experts: Frédéric Taveau and Dunja Chamberlain, International School of Geneva, Switzerland
Participants: 31 school teachers, associate professors, assistant professors, faculty members from different educational institutions, decision makers and multipliers
CLIL is a relatively new approach to learning where content is learnt through the foreign language in an integrated way so that language learning is linked with other areas of the curriculum. The advantages of this approach are that the teaching is focused on content whilst language is used for an authentic purpose and is assimilated in a natural context. This can firstly boost learners’ motivation to learn languages. The Armenian education institutions are in their initial stage to implement CLIL in the content of study programmes.
CLIL trainings and CLIL education in general will enable teachers to identify the appropriate content to be taught, to view the content from different cultural perspectives, deploy strategies to support language learning in content classes, to scaffold language learning during content classes by learning specialized vocabulary, etc. All in all, through CLIL approach one can develop crucial intercultural attitudes, critical cultural awareness and action taking, hereinafter.
All the participants of the workshop were happy with the results of the event as they got new portion of professional knowledge and skills which they may further use in their teaching practice.
Since the content of CLIL is new to the educators in Armenia, we hope that the trained experts later will act as multipliers by introducing the main ideas of CLIL to smaller groups at their education institutions.
Sona Hakobyan, local coordinator of the event
Լեզվի ուսուցման նոր մոտեցումները,որոնք հնարավոր է զարգացնել կրթական բոլոր դասընթացների միջոցով, կարևոր գործիք է շաղկապելու օտար լեզուները և կրթական ծրագրերը: Բովանդակային և լեզվի ինտեգրված ուսուցումը միաժամանակ խթանում է սովորողների և լեզվական և առարկայական հմտությունների և կարողությունների զարգացումը: ՀՀ կրթական հաստատություններն առաջին քայլերն են անում ներմուծելու ԲԼԻՈՒ մոտեցումը կրթական ծրագրերի բովանդակության մեջ:
Բովանդակային և լեզվի ինտեգրված ուսուցումը հնարավոորություն է ընձեռում ուսուցիչներին կենտրոնանալ բովանդակային խնդիրների վրա, ձևավորել սովորողների միջմշակութային հմտությունները և միջմշակութային վերաբերմունք: Հատուկ բառապաշարի ներմուծումը կարևոր դերակատարություն ունի այս գործում:
Վերապատրաստման մասնակիցները տարբեր վարժությունների միջոցով կարողացան փորձարկել ԲԼԻՈՒ հիմնական մեթոդները՝ հետագայում իրենց մասնագիտական գործունեության մեջ կիրառելու նպատակով: Քանի որ ԲԼԻՈՒ-ի մոտեցումը ոչ շատերին է ծանոթ, հուսով ենք, որ վերապատրաստման մասնակիցները՝ ավելի փոքր խմբերում կկարողանան տարածել յան հիմնական գաղափարները, որոնց շնորհիվ հնարավորություն կստեղծվի մեկտեղել լեզվի և այլ առարկաների ուսուցումը տարբեր մակարդակի կրթական հաստատություններում:
“A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” : ECML training and consultancy events planned in Armenia, Austria, Montenegro and Norway
ECML experts: Do Coyle, Kevin Schuck, Susanne Staschen-Dielmann, Fred Taveau
Experts invited by the coordinator: Dunja Chamberlain, Letizia Cinganotto
On 4 and 5 December 2017 the Pluriliteracies team met with national representatives from Armenia, Austria, Montenegro and Norway who had applied for an ECML training and consultancy event to be held in their respective countries.
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the Pluriliteracies Framework for Deeper Learning to the national representatives, to find ways of adapting the content and methods of our training offer to the specific needs of the target countries and to schedule dates for the trainings to be held in 2018.
The meeting also gave our team the invaluable opportunity to discuss the latest developments of our model, especially the Revised Pluriliteracies Framework for Deeper Learning which was introduced in a number of recent publications and has already found its way into CLIL teacher training curricula e.g. in Germany (Berlin) and Finland. The team also seized the opportunity to share best practice dissemination activities based on previous training experience in the ECML member states and to improve the exchange of materials by establishing a digital platform.
former coordinator of the ECML training and consultancy offer
„Pluriliterales Lernen im Sachfach“ : Fortbildungs- und Beratungsangebot des EFSZ in Armenien, Montenegro, Norwegen und Österreich Netzwerktreffen (Graz, Österreich, 4.-5. Dezember 2017)
EFSZ-ExpertInnen: Do Coyle, Kevin Schuck, Susanne Staschen-Dielmann, Fred Taveau
Gastexpertinnen auf Einladung des Koordinators: Dunja Chamberlain, Letizia Cinganotto
Am 4.-5. Dezember 2018 traf sich das Pluriliteracies-Team mit VertreterInnen aus Armenien, Montenegro, Norwegen und Österreich, die sich für Lehrerfortbildungen im Rahmen des Fortbildungs- und Beratungsprogramms des Europäischen Fremdsprachenzentrums (EFSZ) beworben hatten.
Der Zweck des Treffens bestand darin, die Kontaktpersonen in den Bewerberländern und deren spezifische Situationen und Erfordernisse kennenzulernen, ihnen neue Entwicklungen in Bezug auf unser Pluriliterales Lehr-/Lernmodell vorzustellen und ein Fortbildungsangebot zu entwickeln, das auf die speziellen Bedürfnisse der Lehrenden in den jeweiligen Ländern zugeschnitten ist sowie konkrete Termine für die Fortbildungen zu vereinbaren.
Das Treffen war für uns auch eine wertvolle Gelegenheit, uns persönlich über Neuentwicklungen sowie aktuelle und geplante Veröffentlichungen der Teammitglieder auszutauschen. Die Relevanz unseres Modells zeigt sich unter anderem darin, dass es mittlerweile Einzug in Lehr- und Ausbildungspläne z.B. in Deutschland (Berlin) und Finnland gefunden hat.
Ein weiteres Ergebnis des Treffens bestand darin, dass sich die Teammitglieder über die bisher durchgeführten Fortbildungen ausgetauscht und best practice-Aktivitäten zusammengestellt haben, die nun allen Teammitgliedern auf einer internen digitalen Plattform zur Verfügung stehen.
Oliver Meyer, Koordinator
des Fortbildungs- und Beratungsangebot des EFSZ
French version: available here
Workshop "Beyond CLIL" (Amersfoort, The Netherlands, 13 September 2017)
The presentation delivered by ECML representatives was very insightful. It gave participants a new perspective on their current teaching and the way they can help their students experience a deeper learning. The presentation was interesting and sparked a discussion amongst the participants and trainers, which helped to deepen understanding of the subject ‘Pluriliteracies”. In the second half of the training, participants were given the opportunity to get hands on with the material. They were positive about the training and felt inspired to get to work with new ideas.
De presentatie van de ECML vertegenwoordigers was erg inzichtelijk. Het gaf de deelnemers een nieuw perspectief op hun huidige manier van lesgeven en een manier om leerlingen met meer diepgang te laten leren. De presentatie was interessant en zorgde voor discussies tussen de deelnemers onderling en de trainers. Deze discussies leidden weer tot een beter begrip van het onderwerp Pluriliteracies. In de tweede helft van de training kregen de deelnemers de kans om aan de slag te gaan met voorbeeldmateriaal. De deelnemers lieten zich positief uit over de training en gaven aan geïnspireerd te zijn om de ideeën in hun werk te gaan toepassen.
Mieke van der Made, Nuffic (local organisation)
ECML experts: Oliver Meyer, Germany; Kevin Schuck, The Netherlands.
Local organiser: Lieke Boersma, Project Officer, Nuffic, Schools Network Department, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Participants: up to 50 CLIL teachers/coordinators.
Recently published: European Language Gazette no. 36 (January-April 2017)
The European Language Gazette, the ECML's e-newsletter, provides up-to-date news about the ECML (events, projects, resources), the Language Policy Unit and other relevant sectors of the Council of Europe, as well as our partners. It focuses on national developments in the field of language education in the member states and beyond.
Read the latest issue: English - French
Issue no. 36 – Contents
Focus on ECML programme developments – "Languages at the heart of learning" (2016-2019)
Latest project developments
"Language awareness in subject classes": participate in an online survey
"Towards a Common European Framework for Language Teachers": latest news
e-lang project in 2016: laying the foundations for a digital literacy in the language teaching and learning context
"Promoting excellence in sign language instruction (PRO-Sign2)": ECML workshop (Graz, Austria, 1-2 March 2017) – cooperation partnership with Moscow State Linguistic University
"A quality matrix for CEFR use": ECML workshop (Graz, Austria, 15-16 November 2016) – Interview with Denis Vigneron, French participant
ECML training and consultancy for member states
Network meeting of local organisers and ECML consultants (Graz, Austria, 7-8 March 2017) and upcoming national training workshops
National training workshop "Supporting multilingual classes" in Slovenia (Koper, 2-3 March 2017)
National workshops "A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning" in Malta (Floriana, 2-3 March 2017) and Latvia (Riga, 6-7 March 2017)
Recent ECML publication: Language skills for successful subject learning – CEFR linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics
European Day of Languages
National developments in Armenia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland
Professional Network Forum of the ECML: upcoming events
Council of Europe developments
The linguistic integration of adult migrants: some lessons from research
Council of Europe Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) (ECML, Graz, Austria, 29-31 March 2017)
International Roma Day – 8 April
Pestalozzi programme: creating an online community of action researchers – summer school 2017
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: developments in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Kosovo*, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
Urban policies for inclusive integration and diversity advantage: join the Intercultural Cities 2017 Milestone Event (Lisbon, Portugal, 28-29 November 2017)
Cyprus Chairmanship Conference in Nicosia: "Securing Democracy through Education"
Editorial news from other organisations: Eurostat, Eurydice, OECD, Unesco, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning, Babylonia
“A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning” (Riga, Latvia, 6-7 March 2017)
National coordinator: Zane Olina
ECML consultants: Oliver Meyer, Kevin Schuck
The ECML project A Pluriliteracies Approach to Teaching for Learning event in Latvia proved to be a highly valuable experience for the core group of the subject matter experts of the project of the National Centre for Education who have begun their work on developing new competence based curricula for all school subjects. Among the participants of the workshop there were also school teachers, university lecturers, representatives of teachers’ associations and specialists of the Latvian Language Agency.
The ECML experts managed to involve everybody in the process of thinking about thinking, proving that deep learning is slow learning, making the participants think about how important it is for the teacher to be fully aware that their students have really understood the subject matter, as well as giving examples of how to make sure it has happened. During the workshop the experts, using a video of a lesson, clearly showed this process – how it goes on gradually, what actions are taken to achieve the final result, what roles the students are assigned, how they themselves witness the process of learning, how important it is for the students to reflect on their learning process and its outcomes. It does not matter what subject you study or teach, in any case its essence has to be revealed and understood.
The experts also introduced the participants
) to a wealth of materials and websites on this topic for further reading, too.
The planning of the day was perfect – this was not only a presentation or a lecture – the participants were actively involved in the process, wrote their own examples, discussed them, exchanged their ideas.
The event made the participants rethink their own teaching and the methods they use. They went back to their work enriched, ready to share the ideas gained with their colleagues and to implement them in their own lessons.
Content and Language Integrated Learning: Developing a Pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning (2-3 March 2017, Floriana, Malta)
Local organiser: Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta
Venue: St Ignatius College, Luqa Primary School, Floriana
Participants: 53 members of Senior Management Teams in schools, Education Officers, Teachers (primary and secondary sector)
On 2-3 March 2017 the Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta, organised a training course on Content and Language Integrated Learning, focusing on a Pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning offered by the ECML. Participants attending the course included directors, education officers, members of school management teams and teachers both from the primary and secondary sector. This represented therefore a varied cross-section of stakeholders working at multiple levels, with the aim of applying CLIL principles within a whole school approach.
The training was conducted by Professor Do Coyle, from the University of Aberdeen.
Participants had the opportunity of becoming aware of the pedagogical approaches to integrated learning, including all the “4 C’s”, namely Content, Cognition, Communication and Culture. The training discussed the development of Pluriliteracies through the application of the Language Triptych: (language of learning, language for learning and language through learning) as elements which learners need. Professor Coyle stressed that educators needed to ensure that their teaching raises both the linguistic and the cognitive levels of their learners.
A dynamic hands-on approach guided workshops, where participants were invited to apply the above-mentioned principles to their existing school context, by developing a unit of work using CLIL guidelines. The Ministry for Education and Employment is now planning a follow-up session in the short term in order to offer participants to share best practices in the application of CLIL principles, and to cascade this acquired knowledge with their colleagues.