The Council of Europe’s activities to promote linguistic diversity and language learning in the field of education are carried out within the framework of the European Cultural Convention, (1954) ratified by 49 states.
The Language Policy Unit (Strasbourg) implements intergovernmental medium-term programmes with a strong emphasis on activities and tools to support policy development. The Unit’s programmes are complemented by those of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML - Graz, Austria) with a particular focus on implementation of policy. More
Report of the Intergovernmental Forum on “The right of learners to quality and equity in education – the role of language and intercultural skills", 2011 - Geneva, November 2010
Putting the Evidence Back into Evidence-based Policies for Underachieving Students, 2011, Jim Cummins, The University of Toronto
Manual for Language test development and examining for use with the CEFR produced by ALTE (2011) on behalf of the Language Policy Unit (also available in German)
Report on a survey: Language requirements for adult migrants in Council of Europe member states, 2011
THE COMMON EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR LANGUAGES: LEARNING, TEACHING, ASSESSMENT (CEFR)
The CEFR is a key instrument for establishing a European educational space in the field of modern languages. Its main aim is to facilitate transparency and comparability in the provision of language education and qualifications. It is available in over 35 language versions. More
THE CEFR AND LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS/ A TOOLKIT
The CEFR has had a particular influence on language assessment. A number of
tools are available to assessment providers and other practitioners
with an interest in language testing: : two manuals on relating language
examinations to the CEFR and language test development; illustrations of
levels; analysis grids etc.
LANGUAGE EDUCATION POLICY PROFILES
At the request of national or regional authorities, the Council of Europe provides expert assistance with the development of a Profile – a process of analysis and reflection leading to proposals to support a global and coherent approach to language learning and teaching, and involving all languages in education. More
LANGUAGES OF SCHOOLING
deals with the language(s) of instruction in school which is most often the
national or official language(s) and also the mother tongue of the majority
of students. Within the wider concept of plurilingualism and respect for
linguistic diversity, the project also addresses issues relating to the
development of the plurilingual repertoire of learners.
POLICY GUIDE AND STUDIES: TOWARDS PLURILINGUAL EDUCATION
Aimed at policy deciders, the Guide describes
how language education policies can promote a global and coherent approach
to plurilingual education. The Guide is accompanied by a series of thematic
GUIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF
Aimed primarily at persons in charge of curricula, this Guide addresses all those involved in teaching. It offers practical approaches in curriculum development, illustrated with scenarios, in order to implement plurilingual and intercultural education. It is accompanied by two satellite studies.