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    Programme 2012-2015

Learning through languages
Promoting inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural education


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This programme builds on the Centre’s previous work and widens its scope to move beyond the foreign language classroom to include all linguistic abilities and the needs of all groups of learners.

Within this context language(s) represent(s) the principal medium through which learning is achieved, so the programme will address not just the foreign language classroom but the teaching of the language of schooling, of other languages present in the educational environment and the languages used in subject teaching ( formal learning). Projects will also focus on  informal and non-formal language learning and on the dialogue with stakeholders involved in the education process ( mediation). ...read more

As part of its quality assurance procedures, the ECML calls on the assistance of external programme consultants.

This new programme reflects both the mission of the Centre and the current concerns of its member states and partners in the area of language education (e.g. the Council of Europe’s Language Policy Unit and the ECML’s Professional Network Forum).

The programme is based on a long-term vision aiming at developing inclusive, plurilingual and intercultural pedagogic approaches reaching beyond the foreign language classroom and encompassing all linguistic abilities and needs of all groups of learners in a lifelong-learning process (in-school and out-of-school). This vision is based upon concepts recently developed by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe and recommendations adopted by the Committee of Ministers representing the Council’s 47 member states.


ECML training and consultancy for member states

This new ECML activity format is intended to respond in a targeted and bilateral way to the needs of ECML member states requesting support for developments in language education. It aims to strengthen the Centre’s cooperation with ministries and decision-makers in member states.
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European portfolio for pre-primary educators
The plurilingual and intercultural dimension

Involving parents in plurilingual and intercultural education
Resources and examples of practice

Collaborative community approach to migrant education  
A virtual open course for educators

Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility
Practical resources for teachers and teacher trainers

Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity Study materials for teacher development

Plurilingual and intercultural competences
Descriptors and teaching materials

Language skills for successful subject learning
CEFR linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics

A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning

Towards whole-school language curricula
Examples of practice in schools

Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development

ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use
Tools and ideas for dissemination

Empowering language networks Tools for mediating ECML resources

Sign languages and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Descriptors and approaches to assessment