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1 Education and Culture Main initiatives and events 2013 Multilingualism

2 Education and Culture Content Follow up of Rethinking Education Languages in Erasmus+ Languages in European Higher Education in the world Languages in Opening up Education European Day of Languages London Language Show

3 Education and Culture The Rethinking Education Strategy An evidence based outline for reform of E&T, implementing the Agenda for new skills and jobs Focusing on the supply of skills, reinforcing and complementing the Employment and Youth Employment packages Supported by policy guidance documents developed through the Open Method of Coordination Proposes benchmark for language competences

4 Education and Culture 4 Creating an effective internal market Skills and adaptability of the workforce Promoting mobility of labour and professions Removing barriers to growth Stimulating job creation and enterprise Innovation, research and development Social cohesion, personal development Languages contribute to competitiveness and growth

5 Education and Culture 1.Technical considerations in support of the adoption of the language benchmark 2.Consolidated and validated country analyses 3.Report on key challenges and how to address them 4.Comments on the CSR 2013 Deliverables from the OMC-group

6 Education and Culture 6 Languages are a competitive advantage in globalised markets Currently 11% of SMEs lose contracts and business opportunities through lack of language skills But 46% of SMEs think to have export potential Only English is widely taught, but not in voctional training German and French is in decline across the board Practically no place for other languages than EN, FR, ES, DE (and RU) in school curricula Limited use of existing language resources for labour market guidance A gap between the supply and the demand of language skills

7 Education and Culture 7 Keys for closing the gap…  Through bringing languages as a standard feature to national educational policies and business strategies  More systematic research on actual needs  Lifelong language learning – in all sectors of education and training

8 Education and Culture Basic skills levels are still lacking in many countries Source: OECD (PISA) Percentage of low achievers in reading (15 year-olds, %), 2009

9 Education and Culture Great diversity in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Distribution of upper secondary (ISCED 3) students by programme orientation (general or vocational). %, 2010 Source: Eurostat Database, UOE data collection, 2010

10 Education and Culture Modernise language teaching Realistic learning outcomes Motivation of learners Assessing competences Validation of informal skills Promotion of learning mobility Languages for jobs

11 Education and Culture Language learning part of a strategy offering every learner a chance to move abroad New methods needed to motivate learners to take up / keep up studying languages Content and language integrated learning, especially for VET Languages for jobs

12 Education and Culture Languages Languages in Erasmus+ LLP KEY Activity 2 E4ANo specific activity, transversal topic in KA1, KA2, KA3 Specific objective: improve the teaching and learning of languages and promote linguistic diversity Indicator: % of participants who have increased their language skills

13 Education and Culture Languages Budget allocation

14 Education and Culture Languages Languages for mobility Systematic linguistic support based on some main principles: Mainly long-term All mobility types and voluntary Agreement between partners Differentiationmobility type Differentiationlanguage Assessment Online service

15 Education and Culture Languages Languages in cooperation Possibility offered by strategic partnerships innovative teaching methods, exchange of good practices in language teaching and learning, joint educational projects, early language learning Knowledge Alliances creativity and innovation

16 Education and Culture Languages Languages for policy support Policy experimentation  Assessment of transversal competences EU policy agenda on multilingualism  Languages for jobs and growth, Language diversity

17 Education and Culture

18 Education and Culture 1.Languages for mobility and work in Europe 2.Translation and interpretation for active citizenship 3.Languages in the digital domain Report soon available on conference website Three themes

19 Education and Culture Languages European Day of Languages

20 Education and Culture Languages London Language Show European perspectives on language learning in Britain The UK has the worst foreign language skills in Europe, and there is a strong argument that limited language abilities and cultural awareness are acting in effect as a tax on UK trade. CBI Education and Skills Survey 2012

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