Communication today may be more borderless than in any other era of human history. Whether via apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat or LINE, whether via blogs and Instagram – the connections between people on a linguistic level are more diverse today than ever before, and this development has sped up since the pandemic started in 2020. On the one hand, this development has favoured a tendency towards English – not only as a worldwide lingua franca, but oftentimes as the only language in which people of different mother tongues communicate with each other. This development may be due to linguistic economy, which should not be underestimated and which is perfectly understandable. This development, however, is presently opposed by another tendency which consists in supporting and promoting languages other than English that are perceived as important – not instead of English, but rather in addition to it.

More infos on the 6. Saarbrücken Conference on Foreign Language Teaching can be found here.

The ICC Board is pleased to announce a 30-hour online course which is “An Introduction to Teaching Languages Online”. The programme is spread over four weeks:

“AN INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING LANGUAGES ONLINE”

  •   4-week course (30 hours)
  •   Two sessions (16 hours) live with a tutor (14 hours assignment and self-study)
  •   Dates: 27th March to 24th April 2021

The transition from face-to-face to online teaching and learning has brought many issues and questions to many educators all around the world. For that reason, becoming digitally aware is a must!

Teachers with a qualification in Online Teaching will be in demand!

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Newsletter of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe
No 54 – February-March 2021

Content of this newsletter

  • Language education in Europe: the impact of Covid
  • “Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning”
  • Just published! New ECML resources
  • ECML programme developments 2020-2023
  • Training and consultancy activities
  • Publication quoting the work of the ECML
  • Professional Network Forum of the ECML
  • National development
  • Council of Europe developments
  • News from other organisations
  • Quick links

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  • Would you like to learn more about the benefits of learning languages for young children and multilingual classes?
  • Are you interested in the question “What makes language learning inspiring for young children?” and the guiding principles to language inspiring learning?
  • Are you investigating ways, practical resources and examples to encourage children and adults to develop their linguistic skills, learn new languages and open themselves to the languages around them?

If so, this new open-access resource website, developed in English and in French through expert cooperation in the field of language education across geographic Europe and beyond, is definitely for you:

“ Inspiring language learning and teaching in the early years – Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12 ”
www.ecml.at/inspiringearlylearning

Click on the links below to go directly to the different resources:

Newsletter of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe
Nr. 51 – June-August 2020

Content of this newsletter

  • Featured articles
  • Results from the ECML programme “Languages at the heart of learning”: new resources
  • Publications quoting the work of the ECML
  • ECML programme developments
  • Training and consultancy for ECML member states
  • Professional Network Forum of the ECML
  • National developments
  • Council of Europe developments
  • News from other organisations
  • Quick links

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Are you a language teacher, a subject teacher or a headteacher who would like to better understand what language learning environments are?

Would you like to create, individually or perhaps in collaboration with your colleagues, an environment where languages are at the very heart of learning and teaching in your school or classroom?

Are you looking for inspiring practices from experienced schools?

Are you a teacher educator looking for ways to develop teachers’ professional skills in this area while exploring a holistic approach to languages?

If so, this new open-access resource website, developed in English, French and German through expert cooperation in the field of language education across geographic Europe and beyond, is most definitely for you. All the tools have been tested by partner schools involved in the EOL project between 2016 and 2019.

Learning environments
where modern languages flourish
www.ecml.at/learningenvironments

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Are you a teacher or teacher educator looking to develop your knowledge of the CEFR to integrate planning, teaching and assessment?

Are you a curriculum developer interested in engaging in curriculum renewal supported by the CEFR vision of teaching and learning?

Are you a manager, a principal or an administrator who would like to become familiar with quality assurance procedures and tools that can facilitate and support effective pedagogical practices?

Are you a decision maker responsible for language policy and education looking for inspiring examples of curriculum innovation?

If so, this new open-access resource website, developed through expert cooperation in the field of language education across geographic Europe and beyond, is definitely for you:

CEFR-QualiMatrix:
A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use
www.ecml.at/CEFRqualitymatrix

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The CEFR Companion volume broadens the scope of language education. It reflects academic and societal developments since the publication of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and updates the 2001 version. It owes much to the contributions of members of the language teaching profession across Europe and beyond.

A “must-have” manual intended to promote quality plurilingual education, facilitate greater social mobility and stimulate reflection and exchange between language professionals for curriculum development and in teacher education

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Are you a language teacher in upper secondary or in the university sector now adapting to the challenge of delivering your classes online? Would you like to discover motivating real-world tasks for your learners which will help develop their learner autonomy?

Are you a language teacher educator looking for creative ways to develop your teachers’ digital literacy skills, so that they in turn can support their language learners?

Are you a language researcher, interested in pedagogies based on social interaction?

If so, this new open-access resource website, developed through expert cooperation in the field of language education across geographic Europe and beyond, is most definitely for you:

Digital literacy for the teaching
and learning of languages
www.ecml.at/elang

For the attention of the project teams, associate partners, dissemination partners and participants of the ECML programme “Languages at the heart of learning” (2016-2019)

We are pleased to inform you that the latest ECML publication, Changing contexts, evolving competences: 25 years of inspiring innovation in language education, is available for free download in English and French on the ECML website. This publication celebrates a momentous stage in the history of the European Centre for Modern Languages: its 25th anniversary. Its central aims are to review and showcase the achievements of the ECML, as reflected in its many projects and publications, and to put its achievements in the context of the broader work of the Council of Europe, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2019. It includes contributions from international experts working at the cutting edge of language education as well as stakeholders responsible for supporting and implementing the outcomes of ECML projects.

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