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The work of the ECML represents a collective effort and determination to enhance the quality in language education at challenging times. The publications illustrate the dedication and active involvement of all those who participated in a series of international projects and training and consultancy activities. The promotion of the programme outputs and their adaptation to different learning environments is supported through National Contact Points in each of the member states of the Centre. Read more

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Promoting plurilingualism - Majority language in multilingual settings

Traditionally, teachers of majority languages receive less training to teach a language as a second language or to develop the plurilingual repertoire of their learners than, for example, foreign language teachers. Yet, in today’s societies, learners bring many different languages to school. This means that the teaching of the majority language has to extend beyond teaching it as a first language and adopt elements of second language teaching.
This publication aims to encourage teachers to become agents of reform for the promotion of plurilingualism in majority language teaching. The range of proposed actions includes small-scale activities, such as planning a lesson relating to a specific aspect of grammar which incorporates all languages spoken in the classroom. More comprehensive strategic approaches proposed in the materials involve head teachers or parents.


  • The publication provides tools for majority language teachers focused on recognising, supporting and promoting plurilingualism.

  • Reflective questions on how to implement plurilingualism in the majority language classroom.

Target group(s): teachersteacher educatorsdecision-makers

Publication year: 2011

Author(s): Eija Aalto, Andrea Abel, Tatjana Atanasoska, Klaus-Börge Boeckmann, Terry Lamb

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