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Migration and Language Education

ECML projects

Developing language awareness in subject classes

In order to succeed, learners need to have a solid command of the language used in class, which is different from the language used in everyday non-academic situations. The project will provide subject teachers with practical procedures to identify the needs of their learners and to support them.

Project duration: 2016-2019
Project website in English / French


Language for work - Tools for professional development

Language for Work – Tools for professional development 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.

Project duration: 2016-2019
Project website in English / French

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

On Maledive website you will find ideas and information about plurilingual approaches. They have been designed to help teachers of the language of schooling (e.g. French in France, Polish in Poland) to integrate learners with other first languages into their classes, to get them to recognise the links between their own or their parents' cultural background and that of the school language - and at the same time to enrich the cultural and linguistic experience of all learners.

Project duration: 2012-2015
Project results website in English / German

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

These resources highlight challenges for young learners in subject classes where the language of instruction is not their first language. The focus is on minimum language standards in history/civics and mathematics for learners aged 12/13 and 15/16. The language descriptors are linked to CEFR levels A2, B1 and B2 and available in six languages.

Project duration: 2012-2013
Project results website in English / French
Collaborative community approach to migrant education A virtual open course for educators

The resources offer innovative ways to enhance young migrants' education by developing links between schools, the home and local partners in education. This educational joint venture develops the learners' skills in the language of schooling as well their plurilingual competences.

Project duration: 2013-2014
Project results website in English / French
A European learning network for professionals supporting work‐related second language development

Language for Work is a European learning network for professionals teaching the language of the host country to migrants and ethnic minorities in work-related contexts. The network helps members share and develop their practice.

Project duration: 2012-2015
Project results website in English / French