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Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters

The Autobiography is a resource designed to encourage people to think about and learn from intercultural encounters they have had either face to face or through visual media.
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In discovering what underlies these encounters users become more aware of their experience and their reactions, thereby developing their intercultural competences.
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European day of languages (EDL)

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.
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On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe: activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences.
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Linguistic integration of adult migrants (LIAM)

The integration of migrants and the impact on it of their acquisition of competence in the language(s) of the host country are a focus for political debate and policy initiatives in a growing number of Council of Europe member states,
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as is demonstrated by the surveys carried out by the Language Policy Unit in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
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Regional and minority languages

This European Charter is the only treaty worldwide for the promotion of traditionally used regional or minority languages. A minority language will only survive if it is used everywhere and not just at home. Therefore, the Charter obliges states to actively promote the use of these languages
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in all domains of public life: education, courts, administration, media, culture, economic and social life, and transfrontier co-operation. The Council of Europe monitors that the Charter is applied in practice.
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Languages of schooling

ECML This activity is concerned with the development of effective skills in the language(s) of instruction which are essential for successful learning across the whole curriculum.
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The project includes a focus on the language as a school subject; the language as a medium of teaching and learning across the curriculum; possible convergences between the language(s) of school education and modern (‘foreign’) languages.
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Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

CEFR The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines,
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the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents and is now available in 39 languages.
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European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)

ECML The ECML's Strategic Objectives are to help its member states implement effective language teaching policies.
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The ECML is a Council of Europe institution based in Graz, Austria. In cooperation with the Language Policy Division of the Council the Centre functions as a catalyst for reform in the teaching and learning of languages.
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European Language Portfolio (ELP)

The European Language Portfolio (ELP) was developed by the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe to support the development of learner autonomy, plurilingualism and intercultural awareness and competence;
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and to allow users to record their language learning achievements and their experience of learning and using languages.
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Plurilingual and intercultural education

The purpose of the Platform of resources and references for plurilingual and intercultural education is notably to offer reference tools that can be used to analyse and construct curricula for languages of schooling.
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The Platform offers an open and dynamic resource, with system of definitions, points of reference, descriptions and descriptors, studies and good practices which member states are invited to consult and use in support of their policy to promote equal access to quality education according to their needs, resources and educational culture.
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