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"Teacher education for linguistic diversity: the contribution of the ECML" (13-14 December 2017): video of the colloquium available online

The colloquium "Teacher education for linguistic diversity: the contribution of the ECML" was organised by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the European Commission. This very successful event brought together over 50 experts from 23 countries and was followed online by almost 650 people.

The colloquium provided an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate the contributions made by the plethora of didactic research and innovative practices which have arisen over the past 15 years.
At the core of the programme was the contribution made by the Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches (FREPA) and its impact on different aspects of language education throughout Europe.
It also addressed the following issues: supporting multilingual classrooms and language-sensitive teaching; teaching tools for supporting diversity in education; the role of plurilingualism in new curricula; plurilingual curricula scenarios at different educational stages; reference frameworks for pluralistic approaches in teacher education; the perspective of the European Union; examples of responses to linguistic diversity in specific member states.

You can watch videos of all the sessions of the colloquium, as well as access presentations and view the photo gallery of the event on the ECML website.


E-lang project in 2017: launch of the pedagogical framework and piloting of the first modules for a digital literacy in language teaching and learning

The e-lang project aims to produce training modules to develop a digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages. 2017 was a busy and productive year for the team. The pedagogical framework and the first modules were piloted by language teachers, teacher trainers and stakeholders from all over Europe during the project workshop held in Graz in October. The pedagogical framework will be published in early 2018 and the full training programme will be available by the end of 2018.


"Developing language awareness in subject classes": workshop report (Graz, Austria, 16-17 November 2017)

The workshop was one of the key events in the life of the whole project. Thirty-eight subject teachers, language teachers and teacher trainers from 34 different countries participated in the event; two of them came from as far as Canada. The workshop mainly focused on how to scaffold students with weak skills in the language of schooling and to encourage cooperation between teachers and other experts. The event allowed for the participants to network and to get new ideas on how to raise awareness of the role that language has in all knowledge building. At the network meeting in October 2018, the results of the first lesson plan pilots will be discussed and worked on further.


"A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use" (Qualimatrix): project team meeting (Graz, Austria, 16-17 November 2017)

The Qualimatrix has taken shape and now appears as a user-friendly, comprehensive tool which will bring considerable support to the implementation of curriculum innovation in language teaching, both at the class level and at the level of the educational institution. The final project website (under construction) with the tools and resources produced will be organised in an intuitive way, with the materials being accessible through a colour-coded graphic that will facilitate navigation and use.

Soon quality will be put in the spotlight: stay tuned for further updates in the coming months!


Language for Work (LfW) - Tools for professional development

The project team met at the ECML on 7-8 December 2017 to agree on the definitive content and structure of the products (compendium of approaches, framework for professional development, resource bank), to outline the design of the final workshop, to review the project’s progress and promotion, and to consider prospects for LfW Network after completion of project in 2019.

This project of the ECML (2016-2019) fosters professional development in the field of work‐related majority language learning for adult migrants and ethnic minorities. It creates tools and resources to support the professional development of teachers, teacher educators and other practitioners in this field.


Training and consultancy activities


Austria: PluriMobil workshop - "Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility" (Graz, 20-21 November 2017)

Local organiser: Andrea Kasper, Styrian Educational Board

The PluriMobil workshop was organised by the Styrian Educational Board. It offered 17 secondary high school language teachers a wide range of very useful ‘hands-on’ materials and lesson plans for teachers who organise language study trips and students exchanges. The specific focus on what unites people from different countries rather than what separates them is a key factor which makes such a trip for all students more enriching - not only from a language perspective, but also in the sense of mutual understanding in a multicultural society across borders.

  • Full news item: English and German - French
  • Website dedicated to the ECML training and consultancy services for member states - "Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility (PluriMobil)": English - French
  • PluriMobil website: English - French

Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning: selected tools included in the ICT-REV inventory

The inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning has been developed by the ICT-REV project of the ECML for language teachers, teacher trainers, language policy makers and multipliers. It contains 99 tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Discover the latest resources:

  • Storify allows teachers to let their students create their own online stories by putting together text and content brought from different social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr. The results will be stored in their account and can be embedded in different platforms or websites.
  • SurveyMonkey is an online survey creation tool. With a free account, up to 10 questions can be made and 100 responses collected. There is a wide range of question types (open/closed, multiple choice, comment box, etc.).
  • Post-it® Plus is an app that helps you organise your post-its, ideas, and brainstorming sessions after any team meeting or after a class. With this app, you can take pictures of the post-its or papers, organise them, and share them with your team or your class. You can also include your images into PowerPoint, Excel, Dropbox and others.

Professional Network Forum of the ECML


Forthcoming events

The Professional Network Forum of the ECML is comprised of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Under the auspices of the ECML, the members of the Forum share their know-how and work together on areas of common interest in the service of language education.



National developments


France: Latest newsletter edited by the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP)

Latest newsletter edited by the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP), the national contact point for the ECML in France:

  • Courriel européen des langues, no. 39, December 2017: this issue is dedicated to the promotion of ECML projects and the dissemination of ECML tools in France, the latest developments of European institutions and a selection of new resources In the field of language education.

Ireland: Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016

Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016 (Bill 78 of 2016)


Council of Europe developments


Roma recognized as a National Minority in Albania

Roma in Albania are officially recognized as a national minority according to law No.96/2017 on the “Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania”, which was adopted on 13 October 2017 by the Albanian parliament. This new formal recognition marks a very important achievement for Roma in Albania, granting them rights guaranteed by this law, including the right to education in the minority language. Several rights emanate from this development such as the entitlement to equal and effective participation in public, cultural, social and economic life and to the preservation of their cultural identity.

Full news item (available in English)


Citizenship Education Revisited!

A rich assortment of articles on theory and practice of citizenship and human rights education.

Coyote Magazine - Issue no. 25 (available in English)


North-South Centre launches new activities to reinforce the promotion and impact of Global Education

In line with the iLegend project - Intercultural Learning Exchange through Global Education, Networking and Dialogue - the Joint Programme signed between the European Commission and the Council of Europe to include Global Development Education in formal education in the Balkans, Baltic, South East Europe and Mediterranean and Visegrad regions, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has initiated the revision of the Global Education Guidelines, its reference pedagogical tool used in its capacity-building scheme for formal and non-formal educators.

Full news item


10 December - International Human Rights Day

Statement by Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe: English - French - German - Italian - Russian


United Nations declared 23 September as International Day of Sign Languages

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution entitled “International Day of Sign Languages”, designating 23 September as the International Day to be observed each year beginning in 2018.



Education at a glance 2017: OECD indicators

Bildung auf einen Blick 2017: OECD-Indikatoren

OECD handbook for internationally comparative education statistics: Concepts, standards, definitions and classifications

Schools at the crossroads of innovation in cities and regions

PISA for development assessment and analytical framework: Reading, mathematics and science

PISA 2015 Results (Volume V): Collaborative problem solving

Education policy outlook: Austria

Education policy outlook: Belgium

PISA in focus – How do schools compensate for socio-economic disadvantage?

Teaching in focus – How do teachers teach? Insights from teachers and students

How do teachers become knowledgeable and confident in classroom management? Insights from a pilot study

OECD Education Working Papers – The “CHARM” policy analysis framework – valuation of policies to promote immigrant students’ resilience

Engage with the OECD communities:
OECD Teacher Community Platform on Edmodo
OECD PISA Learning Community on Facebook
PISA Online Collaborative Learning Platform at pisa4u

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017: The digital transformation


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