Context Right to education (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN) Encouraging linguistic diversity (Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, UNESCO) Strategy for multilingualism (European Union) Living together. Combining diversity and freedom in 21 st -century Europe (Council of Europe) Living together. Combining diversity and freedom in 21 st -century Europe
Context Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Language Policy Unit, Council of Europe) Platform of Resources and References for Plurilingual and Intercultural Education (Language Policy Unit, Council of Europe) Platform of Resources and References „Graz Declaration“ of the ECML‘s Professional Network ForumGraz Declaration Results of the ECML programme 2008-2011 Results
Synergies Language Policy Unit, Council of Europe Language Policy Unit : European Commission (Lifelong Learning Programme, Piccolingo Campaign)Lifelong Learning Programme Piccolingo Campaign National representatives in ECML‘s statutory bodies National representatives
Rationale Learners’ right to open and lifelong access to quality education Learners‘ educational careers are based on adequate development of language competences. Valuing all learners‘ languages and cultures is key to successful integration into learning communities and societies. Learners relate language experiences to other experiences. Teaching should build on this approach.
ECML long-term vision Focus on the learner, the learner’s needs and the learner’s perspective Building on diversity
ECML long-term vision Promoting inclusive approaches Aiming at plurilingual and intercultural competences
Plurilingual education Awareness raising of each individual‘s language repertoire Encourages learning of lesser used or unfamiliar languages Highlighting social value of linguistic diversity Not restricted to language education Challenges monolingual attitudes
Plurilingual competences Capacity to acquire and use different competences in different languages, at different levels of proficiency and for different functions.
Intercultural competences Combination of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour which allow a speaker to recognise, understand, interpret and accept other ways of living and thinking beyond his or her home culture. This competence is not limited to language ability. (Guide for the development of language education policies in Europe, Council of Europe, 2007)Guide for the development of language education policies in Europe
Inclusive education How to attain high-quality education for all? How to transform education to respond to diversity? Inclusive education is founded on values of democracy, tolerance and respect for difference. It aims at eliminating exclusion. Inclusive education benefits all learners
Inclusive education „Exclusion is a consequence of negative attitudes and a lack of response to diversity in economic status, social class, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation and ability“ (UNESCO)UNESCO
Plurilingual whole school curricula European portfolio for student teachers of pre-primary education Mobility programmes for sustainable plurilingual and intercultural learning Diversity in majority language learning – Supporting teacher education Signed languages for professional purposes Language descriptors for migrant and minority learners‘ success in compulsory education Literacies through Content and Language Integrated Learning: effective learning across subjects and languages
Languages in corporate quality Developing migrants‘ language competence at work Collaborative community approach to migrant education
Mediation Communicating the work of the ECML to key stakeholders Enhancing impact through dialogue
Empowering language networks ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use Plurilingual and intercultural competences: descriptors and teaching materials Involving parents in plurlilingual and intercultural education Using open resources to develop online teaching skills
To strengthen the Centre’s cooperation with ministries and decision-makers in member states To respond in a targeted and bilateral way to the needs of ECML member states Tailored according to the specific needs and context of ECML member states
Support for developments in language education Offers for online technology for lifelong language education Offers for testing and assessment in language education Offers for the education of young migrants and the language of schooling Offers for the education of adult migrants Requests for ECML training and consultancy: via the national ECML representative on the Governing Board http://govboard.ecml.at/ Members http://govboard.ecml.at/ Members
Envisaged outcomes of the ECML programme 2012-2015 Enhancing awareness of the value of plurilingual education which challenges monolingual attitudes inclusive education which responds to the diversity of the learners intercultural education which prepares learners to engage in intercultural dialogue
ECML programme 2012-2015 Want to stay informed? Visit the programme website http://www.ecml.at/learningthroughlanguages
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