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Plurilingual and intercultural competences: descriptors and teaching materials (FREPA)

Training in the principles and practice of plurilingual and intercultural approaches to increase the efficiency in language learning, learning to learn by taking into account the linguistic repertoire of each learner and opening up to otherness.


This programme supports Member states that are planning to integrate a plurilingual and intercultural dimension into their education system, at all levels and for all learners, in or outside the school system according to the principles that have been developed  by the Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education (Council of Europe 2016).

Plurilingual and intercultural education does not replace existing language learning, but facilitates it by helping learners to establish links with what they already know or can already do.

But how is this to be achieved? How can relevant competences be defined? How can curricula target at the development of those competences? Which school subjects are concerned? How to train teachers for this purpose? The set of instruments developed by the FREPA team opens ways for developing plurilingual and intercultural competences of learners of all ages, from early learners and adult learners – and in all contexts, e.g. “normal” schools, bilingual schooling, minority language contexts,(re-) migrant learners, European schools, vocational training.

Target groups

  • teachers of languages and other subjects;
  • teacher trainers;
  • curriculum developers;
  • textbook writers;
  • policy makers, decision takers.

Results and benefits

The immediate result/benefit will be that the participating education professionals are supported in their effort to review existing practice in (language) teaching and to identify areas where materials and approaches presented by the team will be of use.

The impact/long term-benefit will be that

  • the need for coherent development of plurilingual and intercultural education is understood and widely accepted by relevant stakeholders;
  • priorities are set for areas of development and
  • practical instruments are made available to implement the new approaches.

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Requests for a training and consultancy activity must be submitted via the national ECML representative in the Governing Board. Educational professionals interested in a particular activity should therefore contact their national representative.

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FREPA training and Consultancy offer

Trainings can be conducted in English, French or German.

This offer is targeted at teachers of languages and other subjects, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, policy makers and decision takers. It provides individual workshops adapted to local/national needs.

  • list of competences
  • didactic materials
  • tools for teacher trainings
  • national networks for plurilingual approaches

Possible topics :

  • discovering pluralistic approaches and FREPA;
  • pluralistic approaches and FREPA as tools for achieving the principles of the Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education (Council of Europe 2016);
  • integrating pluralistic approaches into the curriculum;
  • using the FREPA descriptors and the online database of materials;
  • teacher training for a plurilingual and intercultural education;
  • pluralistic approaches and FREPA at different educational levels;
  • pluralistic approaches and the language of schooling (including language sensitive subject teaching);
  • pluralistic approaches and language policies; 
  • developing classroom projects with FREPA;
  • pluralistic approaches and CLIL/bilingual education;
  • producing and adapting teaching materials.

Content and form of training will be determined in direct collaboration with the local contact person.

For a better understanding of the FREPA training and consultancy activities please check the following PowerPoint presented at the ECML in December 2015:

Ways of dissemination of multidimensional projects - the case of FREPA

PowerPoint (in French)
PowerPoint text (in French)
Vidéo (in French)

Training in the use of FREPA online: Visit the FREPA website

Provision of member state

To ensure the quality of the proposed activities 1-3 days of training should be foreseen. A half-day activity could be embedded into a training course on a similar topic.

see also: Practical information

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