the international language association


Bazaar: Learn and Exchange at the Market Place
A European language learning project with
remarkable outputs such as a Transferability
Tool Kit and a so-called Book of the Wor(l)d.

Digital Agenda for Europe
The Digital Agenda is the EU's strategyto help digital technologies, including the internet, to deliver sustainable economic growth.

EUCIS-LLL position
on Opening Up Education:

maintreaming and priorizing
digital access in LLL

Eurolta-Eurovolt Diploma – Bringing new
life into multimodal language teaching!
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The European Language Gazette
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Full scholarship for the Certificate in Contemporary Arabic Programme

Sharek Centre, London, is offering one full scholarship for our Certificate in Contemporary Arabic Programme, starting on October 8th 2018.

The immersive Certificate in Contemporary Arabic is a fully experiential, contextualised and communicative programme providing an intensive Arabic language and cultural experience. It prepares students for a wide range of professional, social and academic challenges. It will enable you to communicate effectively in both formal and informal, spoken and written Arabic.

The programme is based on our unique holistic approach to the Arabic language which focuses on Language Unity of Arabic varieties (formal/informal; spoken/written; standard/colloquial).

The programme emphasizes the communicative competences required for effective use of Arabic in a variety of Arabic speaking contexts.

Read more: Full scholarship for the Certificate in Contemporary Arabic Programme

EUROLTA certification course for prospective trainers of German as a foreign language

All on Board is proud to announce the start of our first EUROLTA course on 24 August 2018 in Berlin. Demand for German as a foreign language continues to grow in Germany and around the globe. All on Board aims to give new trainers a solid foundation in the theory and practice needed to teach German to adults.

To register for the course, contact Ms Kim Nguyen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a 6-month, part-time course at All on Board, Seestraße 27, 13353 Berlin Wedding. 

The course schedule is as follows:

  • August: 24-26.08 (Friday evening: course orientation)
  • September: 29-30.09
  • October: 27-28.10
  • November: 24-25.11
  • December: 15-16.12 (if participants agree)
  • January: 26-27.01.2019
  • February: 23-24.02.2019 (if needed)

Justin Ehresman will be our main EUROLTA trainer. Justin holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and has extensive experience in teaching both English and German as foreign languages, as well as years of teacher training experience.

For more information, please visit our website or email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /

Towards Quality and effecitive Apprenticeships

The Council Recommendation of 15 March 2018 on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (2018/C 153/01) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Recommendation aims at increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices and contributing towards a highly skilled and qualified workforce responsive to labour market needs. Quality apprenticeships also help encourage active citizenship and social inclusion by integrating people of different social backgrounds into the labour market. The framework sets out 14 criteria in relation to working and learning conditions as well as to framework conditions. It provides a common understanding among Member States and it will support their efforts to reform and modernise apprenticeship systems that provide an excellent learning and career pathway.


Training Language and Culture Issue 4 published tomorrow

Attention everyone. Your CHRISTMAS READING is about to arrive on your desktop. TLC 4 is perhaps our most challenging issue yet, with its focus firmly on the future. In her article, Svetlana Popova makes the controversial assertion that we should use more ‘TXTING’ AND SOCIAL MEDIA in our teaching to motivate students.

In producing teaching materials black on white is the clearest and easiest format for reading powerpoints and print, isn’t it? Think again. Maybe not. Using the results of experiments conducted by Heinz Boettger and his team it may not be true! In his article he explains why and what the CLEAREST COLOUR CONTRAST might be.

VIRTUAL EXCHANGE, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to internationalise our teaching, is Robert O’Dowd’s subject, reprising his plenary lecture at the April ICC Conference in Graz in Austria.

For literature and culture fans, Oleg Radchenko and Viktoriya Vetrinskaya in their article ask HOW FAR DOES LITERATURE REFLECT AUTHORS PRIVATE LIVES?, examining, as an example, the work of the 19th century writer, August Von Platen.

On the grammar front, in case you are in shock from the number and complexity of PHRASAL VERBS in English, Alexandr Litvinov and his colleagues offer ideas on how to understand and how to teach them. No more rote learning!

Finally, for PRONUNCIATION BUFFS Sawsan Askoul analyses why many speakers of Arabic confuse English /p/ (pin) and /b/ (bin) and explains techniques of analysis to resolve it and many other problems of mixed vowels and consonants. She also makes a passionate please for a stronger focus on pronunciation teaching in class.

With book reviews of Michael Byram on INTERCULTURAL CITIZENSHIP, former Sunday Times editor Harold Evans on the keys to GOOD WRITING and Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau on HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE FRENCH you have all the food you need for a festive Christmas and an intellectually stimulating New Year. Enjoy!

Communication for Mobile and Virtual Communication at Work (Comoviwo) is now complete.

Material to help your students communicate in the virtual workplace are now free and available at


To read more about the project click here: CoMoViWo

To visit the project website go to

The AUTUMN edition of TLC (Training Language and Culture)

Coming Next Week.

Riches galore in the new issue of Training Language and Culture
(TLC Issue 3) out next week. Go to
Available from Friday October 6th if not before.


  • The use of Silence in Meta-communication
  • New ideas in teaching negotiation skills
  • Using authentic case studies in Business Language education
  • Comparisons of English and Chinese as foreign languages
  • How Germany develops foreign language skills
  • New ideas in analysing literature and culture

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Ian McMaster Business Spotlight, about the ICC Conference 2017

Ian McMaster Editor-in-chief of Business Spotlight, 
wrote about the conference in his blog:

This past weekend, I travelled by train from Munich to Graz to join language experts from all over Europe at the 24th gathering of the ICC: The International Language Association, a network for promoting standards in language learning. The title of the conference was "Language Teaching and Technology in 2020", with an emphasis on the use of "new media".

Among the many fascinating talks was one on the use of video games in language teaching by Thomas Kelly and one by Michael Carrier on automated speech recognition (ASR) and its impact on learners and teachers.

Read the whole blog post here

ECML inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Language education is an area where open-access resources, online courses, virtual classrooms and social networks are being increasingly used to give learners access to information, promote interaction and communication, and enhance digital literacy skills. Language professionals need to know not only how to use these tools but how to review them according to pedagogical criteria.

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New Position Paper: Integration of Refugees and Migrants through Education

Education and training can support the necessary holistic inclusion strategy for socio-economic and political integration of refugees and migrants in the fabric of the host countries. Education is a public good and a human right, and in theory, few are those who doubt the importance of education as a powerful tool for social cohesion. In practice however, we see commitment to inclusive education and lifelong learning opportunities often falling short.

In its latest Position Paper on "Integrating Refugees and Migrants through Education", the LLLPlatform calls on EU Member States and other relevant actors to take responsibility, comply with international laws and ensure integration of refugees and migrants into host societies using the educational tools provided in EU law and frameworks. The Paper will be discussed on 11 october 2016 in the frame of the LLLWeek debate on “Migration: Turning commitment to reality”, at the Fondation Universitaire at 16.00-18.00.

LLLAwards2016 are launched!

The Lifelong Learning Platform's Award 2016 for "Building inclusive and democratic educational systems"

When we think of refugees, for example, it becomes immediately clear that inclusive and democratic education requires a certain mastery of the required language. We therefore invite language organisations to submit their initiative to the Lifelong Learning Platform.








The LLLPlatform has launched the Lifelong Learning Awards to celebrate creative and inclusive practices in lifelong learning. The Awards will celebrate 3 initiatives and give visibility to another 10 best practices during its LLLWeek2016 on 10-13 October.

Read more: LLLAwards2016 are launched!

Linguae Mundi at Coventry University has become a EUROLTA Centre

The Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) at Coventry University is unique in the UK Higher Education landscape for its sector-leading provision of a comprehensive range of internationalisation programmes. These schemes offer Coventry University students multiple opportunities to gain international experience and acquire intercultural competences, such as the ability to communicate and work effectively and appropriately in multicultural environments and teams.

One of the flagship programmes our students can benefit from during their journey at Coventry University is Linguae Mundi.

Linguae Mundi is delighted having been accepted as a EUROLTA centre: it means that tutor training is aligned to existing standards and implements better quality assurance, and that accredited tutors get a better and stronger string to their bow.

Connections, media and robots

Ian McMaster, Editor-in-chief, Business SpotlightIan McMaster, Editor-in-chief, Business Spotlight: "This past weekend, I travelled to Mainz to join language experts from around Europe in discussing current developments in language learning. We ended up gazing into the future and debating the merits of robots.

The occasion was the 23rd gathering of the ICC: The International Language Association, a network for promoting standards in language learning. The meeting went under the title of "The 21st Century Language Teacher in Adult, Continuing and Higher Education". For details of the programme, see here.


Mainz was an appropriate choice of venue for two key reasons, relating to connections and media.

The capital of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz sits on the west bank of the Rhine. Across the river to the north is Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse, while directly east of Mainz, the Main river links the city with Frankfurt.

In other words, Mainz is a point of connection, an interface between cities, states and even countries. And teachers themselves increasingly have to be effective interfaces — or what one could call "connection artists" (not to be confused with "con artists")." [...]

Read the complete blog post here

Find more information on Business Spotlight here

EUROLTA and the Hellenic Culture Centre, Santorini, Greece

The Hellenic Culture Centre (HCC), a prestigious institution in Greece, organizes a combination of teaching Greek as a foreign language and an original educational tourism programme for adults who want to learn Greek and get acquainted with the rich Greek culture.

Ms. Ifigenia Georgiadou, the Director of HCC, believes firmly that the teaching of a foreign language is essentially an invitation to adult students to learn not only the language but also the culture of that country.

HCC’s linguistic, cultural and educational programmes take place in Santorini Island and in Athens. It is an exclusive provider of high quality Greek courses and cultural activities. It helps its students, both language learners and trainee teachers, to enjoy the learning process and vouch for professional as well as personal development. The HCC publishes books and special educational materials in Greek language , in culture and in research on teaching Greek as a foreign language. Almost all the programmes for language learners and teachers are offered online.

Read more: EUROLTA and the Hellenic Culture Centre, Santorini, Greece

EUROLTA comes to Greece

The Hellenic Culture Centre has successfully completed its first training course since accreditation through the recent ELTACS scheme. Ifigenia Georgiadou led the course and presented the Hellenic Culture Centre’s methods to the EUROLTA annual meeting in Meinz at April. Here you can see a hive of communicative activity. Congratulations to all concerned. For more information go to

Language Identity and Culture in language education

Read the documents of the 20th ICC Annual Conference 2013.


The overall theme “Language Identity and Culture in Language Education” focusses on one of the fundamental debates within the world of languages and language education. Contributors to this publication were invited to address the following questions: 

Read more: Language Identity and Culture in language education


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