Supporting students to master the language(s) of schooling is key for their successful learning. The team offers activities based on the whole-school approach to help participants understand the various dimensions connected to the language development of all students. The aim is to support academic development in all school subjects and to set up a school development plan.
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The ROADMAP highlights the importance of the whole-school approach so it might be valuable to build an interdisciplinary target group with participants having different profiles.
Activities can be conducted in English, French or German.
This offer is targeted at school teams, head teachers, policy makers, teacher educators or interdisciplinary groups.
Example of a workshop in Sweden (November 2022) for download
Format of activity
Professional development activity: Suitable for school teams. Helping teams implement the Roadmap in their school and use the results to set up a customised language strategy focusing on the language(s) of schooling.
Workshop: Suitable for head teachers, policy-makers or interdisciplinary groups. Understanding how to set up a whole-school approach to the language(s) of schooling and getting familiar with the Roadmap in order to be able to implement it in the future.
Management and process consulting: Suitable for policy makers or governing educational boards who wish to set up a whole-school approach to the language(s) of schooling on a larger scale (e.g. a school district, a region or at national level). The team will guide policy makers to spread usage of the Roadmap and empower schools.
"Train the trainer": Suitable for in-service teacher educators working with teachers to raise awareness of the language dimension in all subjects.
Member states should provide a short description of the situation related to the language(s) of schooling in their national context, explain why the topic is a national priority and outline the expectations they have about the activity. Their collaboration with the team will enable tailor-made activities to be set up.
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30.11.2022Supporting the language(s) of schooling: the Roadmap workshop in Sweden (10-11 November 2022)
Date and venue of the event: 10-11 November 2022, online workshop
Local organiser: Pernilla Sundström Fast, Head of Unit, Swedish National Agency for Education / National Curricula/ Pre-school and Compulsory School
Experts and moderators: Nermina Wikström, Director of Education, Swedish National Agency for Education / National Curricula/ Pre-school and Compulsory School, and Katri Kuukka, Counsellor of Education, Finnish National Agency for Education.
Participants: More than 40 primary and secondary school teachers in the different school subjects, school leaders, policymakers and decision-takers.
The Swedish National Agency for Education and the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) organised a 2-day workshop entitled “Supporting the language(s) of schooling – The ROADMAP ” as the online session.
The workshop took place on the 10th and 11th of November 2022 and was attended by more than 40 participants who showed a great interest and dedication in the topic. The aim of the experts and moderators, Nermina Wikström and Katri Kuukka, was to give the participants an overview of the Roadmap project, including a presentation of the outcomes of the project, while conducting a training session focusing the hands-on activities related to language development. During the workshop the participants had the opportunity to see some examples of promising practices, use the self-assessment tool in practice, get to know the Roadmap database and to set up the outlines of a school development plan for their own school.
Since sharing thoughts and experiences was an important part of the workshop, the participants had the possibility to discuss different topics in pairs and in smaller groups. The participants discussed the role of language(s) of schooling as a backbone of education as well as the challenges of plurilingual and intercultural education. Other topics were the importance of adapting a whole-school approach, school culture and leadership, the key ideas of the Roadmap-project and benefits for the school, areas and dimensions, self-assessment tool and guide, survey statements and customized school report.
The workshop aimed to provide a “learning by doing-opportunity” as the participants familiarized themselves with the different parts of the user-friendly Roadmap-material, sharing their findings in the common work platform Padlet.
This two-day online workshop received favourable comments from the participants, who stated that they advanced their knowledge and skills, exchanged opinions within the working groups and with the experts and shared ideas and experiences concerning their own involvement in the work with language(s) of schooling. According to the participants` evaluation the workshop provided a good combination of activities and information. The participants found the presented approach and materials very useful for their practice.
In conclusion, it has been a privilege for the Swedish National Agency for Education to take part in this project and to contribute to the Roadmap with our expertise. We are very satisfied with the outcome, and we believe that this workshop will contribute in the most positive way to support the language(s) of schooling. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) for all the support we have been given in organising the workshop in Sweden.
For those countries which have not yet had the opportunity to host this workshop, we strongly recommend it. It was great fun!
Pernilla Sundström Fast
10.03.2022Adaptation of ECML resources: Ireland launches an Intercultural Look at our Schools Toolkit
An Intercultural Look at our Schools Toolkit is an online toolkit for self-evaluation and support for intercultural and linguistic diversity in schools wishing to address inclusion. It was developed in Ireland as a localised version of the self assessment tools established by the ECML project “A Roadmap to support the languages of schooling” (which is available in English, French, German and Finnish).
Set up at the initiative of the Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) in collaboration with Dublin-Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) the Irish toolkit aims to:
The toolkit advocates for a whole-school approach to improvement. It surveys and includes the voices of all members of the school community.
Find out more at : https://ilaos.ppli.ie/
21.10.2021Webinar “Roadmap for supporting the language(s) of schooling”
The webinar is intended for all those working in language education and on language-related themes within school development - teachers, teacher educators, school leaders and administrators.
Webinar in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGqMab9rdMM
28.04.2021“Supporting the language(s) of schooling: The ROADMAP - a web-based, user-friendly and customised self-assessment tool to foster school development”: ECML training and consultancy events in Malta
Local organiser of the ECML training and consultancy events: Alice Micallef, Malta.
Date of the online events: 18-19 November, 11 December 2020.
Participants: 23 participants; education officers for Maltese, English, Science and Maths and the Early Years who support teachers in schools and provide professional development sessions, amongst other work related to curricula, and assessment; heads of school; curriculum education officers working in schools; teachers.
An ECML workshop and consultancy session was organised in November and December 2020 in the context of the ECML training and consultancy offer for member states : “Supporting the language(s) of schooling: The ROADMAP - a web-based, user-friendly and customised self-assessment tool to foster school development”. A project was initiated with stakeholders in state schools with the aim of raising awareness and to help stakeholders work towards a whole-school strategy to support the development of students’ competences in the language(s) of schooling. Stakeholders were familiarised with the Roadmap tools and discussed the specific linguistic support required for learners in local school contexts. This includes learners with a migrant background as well as other learners who require support in one or both languages of schooling. A consultation meeting was held to discuss and plan the way forward in this regard.
The first phase of the project will address the situation in the Early Years and Primary sector and to initiate discussion across school sectors. The Roadmap tool will be used in schools to evaluate and address requirements related to the languages of schooling. Stakeholders from various schools and sectors are invited to form part of the working group with the aim of discussing and disseminating information on the Roadmap project.
Alice Micallef, local organiser of the ECML training and consultancy event
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