This training and consultancy activity will help bridge the attainment gap between these learners and non-migrant pupils by drawing on a wide range of successful ECML projects and resources which focus on the linguistic integration of these learners. In addition, this initiative will expand the online inventory of Open Educational Resources – one of the key outputs of the previous initiative, ICT-REV, – through the inclusion of resources in languages other than English in support of multilingual classrooms
The workshops will offer support on how to value children’s home languages as well as on how to draw on these languages as a rich resource for learning.
These workshops will be offered to
- teacher educators
- school leaders
The long-term objective will be that learners with a migrant background are better integrated into national education systems, leading to better educational achievement, which in turn will contribute to improved self-esteem, better employment prospects and a more cohesive society.
As part of the initiative, a series of national workshops in participating member states are on offer to selected target groups addressing the following issues:
- whole-school policies and strategies to support the integration of migrant learners;
- holistic approaches to language learning and teaching including the language of schooling, foreign languages and home languages;
- challenges facing non-language teachers and how to adapt pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of migrant learners.
The Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources will be further developed, to support multilingual classrooms through the inclusion of such resources in languages other than English;
Support materials will be developed and adapted, by drawing on key ECML tools and resources, to meet the specific needs of member states involved.
- Training modules adapted to meet the different needs of language teachers, other subject teachers, teacher educators, school administrators and school leaders on such topics as how to develop competences in the language of schooling, how to value, celebrate and draw on the rich linguistic and cultural heritage that migrant learners bring to the classroom and to the wider school community, as well as the important role of parents and other stakeholders;
- 9 training workshops for a total of 180 local/regional education professionals in selected EU and ECML member states;
- Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources updated to include resources in languages other than English;
- A dedicated section on ECML website outlining key resources for multilingual classrooms.