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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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