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Learning environments where modern languages flourish

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Developing language-friendly learning environments does not only mean strengthening the place and diversity of languages. It also requires tools to assess needs, for setting up projects, to support and strengthen cooperation and the professional development of all the actors involved, etc. Based on observation and support from many schools in Europe, the EOL team developed 52 tools which are to be used to create and strengthen learning environments where modern languages flourish. The tools are intended to meet the needs of all stakeholders and can be used in combination or independently of one another. Explore the tools and browse for those that might meet your needs and expectations!
Tools found: 53
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Starting questions

UnderstandThis tool contains basic questions for exploring the learning environment approach that is based on the combination of three factors: culture (teaching content, projects, actions, events, habits, attitudes, etc.), the structure (framework, devices, equipment, etc.) and the actors (roles, functions, pathways, commitments, etc.). The combination of the three factors facilitates the setting-up learning environments where modern languages flourish.   View details

EOL-Matrix: parameters which lead to learning environments where modern languages flourish

UnderstandThis is the main tool of the project. The matrix provides an overview of all areas covered by EOL. If you want to work on learning environments, the matrix gives you an idea of directions you can take. One of the most beneficial ways to use the matrix is to make choices as a team. The goal is to help your school evolve towards becoming a language friendly learning environment. The matrix is a dynamic tool.   View details

EOL-Matrix template: parameters that lead to learning environments where modern languages flourish

UnderstandThis version of the matrix shows the five entry points and the four levels. It gives teams the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their own school context to identify key areas that need addressing. We recommend using this version (EOL-11) before looking at the detailed version (EOL-10).   View details

TrEOL level 2

UnderstandWith the TrEOL tool you can start identifying your challenges in terms of strengths and priorities. It is a tool for teams. There is also an online version.   View details

How would you define language learning environments?

UnderstandThis tool is a test through which you can understand the key points of what learning environments are. You can use it individually and discuss the results with a colleague or a teacher educator.   View details

Towards an ecological approach to languages

UnderstandThis tool visualises a language learning environment as an ecosystem in which connections become possible through cooperation, inclusion, diversity, community, etc. The questions will allow you to examine your school context as a whole before making choices about possible strategies. It is recommended for use in a team.   View details

Basics for a language-friendly learning environment

UnderstandThis tool offers four introductory lists for setting up a language friendly learning environment. They can be used as checklists to support the discussion with learners, among teachers and with school management.   View details

Approaching global language education

UnderstandThis tool represents the first step towards the EOL matrix: it helps you to get a broader vision of what language education is so that you can identify the strengths and priorities in your context. This tool can be used inside or outside the EOL process.   View details

New opportunities for & through languages

UnderstandIn order for you to understand how TrEOL works, we recommend that you discuss and try out the symbiotic approach as a team, starting with one of the six school profiles described in this tool. After that you will be ready to use TrEOL in your own context.   View details

Classification of ECML resources

ExploreAt the beginning of the EOL project, the team has identified existing resources at the ECML. This could be a very useful list for all stakeholders.   View details

Learning environments where modern languages flourish 12 starter ideas and easy to implement examples

ExploreThis tool offers 12 ideas that you can start working on if you want to implement EOL in your school context. The big “X” indicates that these stakeholders should be prioritised. The small “x” indicates actors who can be associated. This tool can be used to put together your working team and start a process of shared reflection.   View details

School climate

ExploreThe tool contains a list of questions intended to support the overall effort which is necessary to create a climate favourable to language learning within the school. This tool requires teamwork.   View details

What a school language policy might contain

ExploreThis tool is intended to support critical reflection on the idea of a "language policy at whole school level”. This document can be used to reflect on communication, social life in school, cultural projects and various approaches at different levels. There are two ways to use this table: - horizontally: view one entry at all levels; - vertically: for a targeted action on one level.   View details

Intercultural learning: school partnerships & mobility

ExploreThis tool is intended to support schools to make better use of their partnerships as part of learning environments. It offers a series of sample activities. Many other activities are possible.   View details

Developing the school language offer

DevelopSchools have two main options to develop their learners’ language repertoires and intercultural experiences: 1. improving progressive language learning pathways 2. enriching curricula and extending the opportunities for plurilingual education. This tool helps you to visualize how your school could improve its multilingual offer. It is for use by teams. This tool can be used in combination with the scenarios from the Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education (see memo 09) https://www.coe.int/en/web/language-policy/guide-for-the-development-and-implementation-of-curricula-for-plurilingual-and-intercultural-education   View details

Language Dimension

DevelopThis tool shows different components of a whole-school approach to language education. It is meant to be used for professional development.   View details

Using Mobility

DevelopThis tool identifies the skills which can best be developed through mobility experiences at different language levels. It could be used to plan and adapt mobility programs to learners’ needs.   View details


DevelopThis tool links the matrix to your school project. It will help you to plan your actions. This tool should be used with tool EOL-16 (TrEOL) which helps you to formulate a challenge.   View details

How to formulate your challenge for your project description

DevelopThis tool shows you examples from some EOL partner schools when you are working on the matrix. The schools formulated the challenges that they encountered while designing their project. This tool should be used with the action plan for partner schools called “APPS” (EOL-13).   View details

EOL project management

DevelopThis tool supports school principals and teachers during the project development by giving them guiding questions and providing a structure. It addresses all aspects of the project’s management, including organisation.   View details

STEPS: Define your own implementation path

DevelopThis tool helps you define the best way to implement the project and make the right decisions collectively. This is also a great opportunity to share responsibilities among all stakeholders.   View details


TrainThis tool helps subject teachers to integrate the language dimension of learning when planning their teaching.   View details

DEMOCRACY How to develop competences for democratic culture through oral communication

TrainThis tool helps you find various combinations to develop oral skills and competences for democratic culture. The principle is to rotate four circles until you get the combination that you think is the best for meeting your learners’ needs. It can be used individually or by a team of teachers.   View details

EOL implementation strategy

TrainThis tool guides you through the seven steps of the EOL implementation strategy. The online training platform is based on this learning path.   View details

Assessment strategies to support language education A global approach to language assessment

TrainThis tool considers the role of different types of assessment to support language learning environments where modern languages flourish. This tool helps teachers diversify assessment methods in order to guide learners towards autonomy.   View details

DISCURSIVE TEACHING Ideas for developing discursive competences

TrainThis tool gives examples of how to diversify classroom discourse practices in order to foster learning. Discursive teaching integrates a reflection on discourses. It helps learners to transfer language skills from one subject to another.   View details

Transversal teaching Profile

TrainA teacher’s professional identity is often limited to the taught subject(s). But in fact, each teacher develops a wide range of transversal competences. This profiling tool assists teachers to identify and value their full professional potential. Fill in the grid on an Excel sheet and transform it into a spider diagram to make your transversal teaching potential more visible.   View details

Five senses in EOL: language-sensitive environments

TrainThis tool shows concrete pathways for valuing the language in all subjects, for teaching languages through arts, for developing immersive approaches, etc. It gives you five entry points for setting up language sensitive environments. For each entry point you will find examples which help you gradually move towards your goals.   View details

Team teaching

TrainThis tool shows 6 models for team teaching and examines their relevance for linguistic, communicative and intercultural learning goals. Team teaching is a great way to support for professional development as it widens the opportunities to explore intercultural, plurilingual and cross-subject approaches.   View details

Language learning pathway

TrainMost learners do not immediately connect language education to personal projects. The aim of this tool is to show learners how they can integrate languages into their personal objectives and start planning through languages. This tool gives you some key ideas for enriching your language learning pathway. The seven steps described below intend to guide you to a personal project in which languages could play a central role.   View details

MutEOL: Mutual exchanges of skills

TrainThere are many competences within a school community but they are not always well known. This tool motivates the team to set up skills exchange programmes. Just check what you need and what you can offer.   View details

Pyramid of needs

DeepenOne of the major success factors of a project is its capacity to meet the needs of the participants. This tool offers a checklist to help you identify and meet all participants’ needs. The pyramid shape helps to visualise all relevant progression towards the top.   View details


DeepenThis tool contains the procedures followed by the EOL partners when registering on the working platform. You could use this sample template if you want to exchange information with partner schools.   View details

Digital learning environment How to set up an attractive digital environment for languages?

DeepenThis tool provides information on various aspects of digital learning environments. Decision makers, school principals and teachers have to make relevant decisions about school equipment, learning spaces, different programmes etc.   View details


DeepenThis tool can be used before completing your action plan (EOL tool number 13) and allows you to see the key components of your strategy (EOL tool number 16).   View details

EOL matrix scale: Graduating the key parameters which lead to learning environments where modern languages flourish

DeepenThis tool belongs to the matrix. It is a scale which distinguishes 4 progressive levels and gives guidance for actions to be taken. This scale gives you the possibility to further improve your project. This is the order in which the tools linked to the matrix should be used:
1. Blank matrix (EOL-11)
2. Matrix (EOL-10)
3. TrEOL (EOL-20)
4. Guiding questionnaires for schools (when you click on the matrix fields online)
5. Matrix scale (EOL-14)   View details

25 transversal competences

DeepenItems to make more explicit the contribution of language friendly learning environments to general education goals within a whole school approach.   View details

Planning Flowchart

InnovateThis tool gives you an overview of the whole strategic pathway to an EOL project including information, training, professional development, assessment etc. It demonstrates when each tool is suitable to be used.   View details

Training dashboard How to use EOL to develop training expertise

InnovateEOL can be used for many purposes. This grid gives concrete examples of the way EOL supports teachers and school principals. It acts as a dashboard for teacher educators and consultants in the field of language education.   View details

Diversify the way you learn of languages

InnovateThe aim of this tool is to make learners aware of various ways to learn and use languages. Its main purpose is also to help learners to transfer their knowledge from one context to another. They can use it on their own, with peers or teachers.   View details

ToP – Transfer of Projects

InnovateTransferring a project and its complexity from one school context to another is challenging. This tool has been designed to guide the team through the seven steps which guarantee quality assurance for a successful transfer.   View details


InnovateCet outil permet de réaliser des enquêtes expérimentales visant à mesurer l'impact d'un type d'environnement d'apprentissage sur les compétences linguistiques, l’usage du plurilinguisme et la motivation des apprenants. Il est possible de l’adapter pour en faire un outil en ligne.   View details

Environments optimised

InnovateThe tool offers an overview of the EOL project engineering. It was used by the expert team as a starting point. It could be interesting for someone who is starting to plan a complex international project.   View details

PlurEOL: Pluralistic approaches for learning environments

InnovateBased on pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures, this tool lists twelve directions in which language education could be improved. You can explore one specific direction, combine different areas or use the overview to identify what you are already doing and how your school could improve its offer. This overwiew can inspire links between language education and the school’s education policy for developing language friendly environments.   View details

Resources from partner schools

InnovateThis tool was used by EOL partner schools to share resources they had developed during the project. If you want to organise and share some of your resources you can use this template.   View details

Next gen Classroom design

InnovateThis tool offers exercises to help teachers choose the best design for their classrooms. Classroom design has a major impact on learners’ and teachers’ motivation. That is why the design has to match learners’ needs, the teachers’ teaching culture and the educational objectives of the school.   View details

Developing qualifying mobility

Evaluate and valueThis tool is a rubric which gives everyone a chance to (self) assess their own mobility experiences in terms of skills and attitudes. This tool gives all actors the opportunity to identify acquired competences. It also helps decision makers to make mobility experiences a part of the regular curriculum.   View details

Indicators Assessing the quality of language learning environment

Evaluate and valueThis tool provides indicators and descriptors which can be used to assess both the process and the outcomes of an EOL project. Some partner schools also used this tool to redesign the school’s language policy.   View details


Evaluate and valueMonitoring a project is not always easy. This tool can help you choose the features you want to evaluate, especially if you need to identify the added-value of a project. This tool gives you various examples of how to value and improve the project using six entry points.   View details

Professional development

Evaluate and valueThis tool offers a list of questions teachers and school principals should ask themselves in order to consider EOL as an opportunity for professional development. This tool is designed for individual use.   View details


Evaluate and valueThis tool offers the possibility to recognise teachers’ and learners’ engagement within the EOL project.   View details

Learning environments where modern languages flourish Labelling procedure

Evaluate and valueThe tool gives descriptors for a quality label. This should help schools to discuss the relevance of a labelling procedure for language education with their local, regional or national authorities.   View details


Evaluate and valueThis tool gives you the possibility to identify the social and professional skills you have acquired and/or improved while working on EOL.   View details

List of tools and memos

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The language dimension in all subjects

The place of the languages of schooling in the curricula

Education, mobility, otherness: the mediation functions of school

A training guide for quality assurance in language education (Qualitraining)

Collaborative community approach to migrant education – A virtual open course for educators (Educo-Migrants)

Involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education (Parents)

Language skills for successful subject learning – CEFR linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics (Language Descriptors)

A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning

Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education

A framework of reference for pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures (FREPA)

Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning (ICT-REV)

Exploring cutting edge applications of networked technologies in vocationally oriented language learning (E-VOLLution)

Language for work – A European learning network for professionals supporting work‐related second language development

Towards whole-school language curricula – Examples of practice in schools (PlurCur)

Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility – Practical resources for teachers and teacher trainers (PluriMobil)

Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity – Study materials for teacher development (Maledive)

Intercultural competence for professional mobility (ICOPROMO)