Education and Languages, Language Policy

Evropakoro Forumo e Romengoro thaj e Phirutnengo
European Roma and Travellers Forum
Forum européen des Roms et des Gens du voyage


    Teaching Romani: Curriculum Framework for Romani and European Language Portfolio

    Council of Europe Seminar for decision makers and practitioners: Strasbourg, 27-28 November 2008


Thursday 27 November

Chair: Ph. Thalgott

Opening of seminar
· Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport, DG IV
· Ambassador Irma Ertman, Permanent Representative of Finland to the Council of Europe
· European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF): Miranda Vuolasranta, Vice-Chair, ERTF Ambassador to EU
· Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM): Ian Naysmith, Vice-Chair

Introduction & Chair:
Ph. Thalgott

· Introduction to the seminar: David Little [Presentation: English / Romani]

    o Curriculum Framework for Romani: Review of work to date and structure of the related European Language Portfolio (ELP) [texts]
    o Overview of the seminar programme

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 – 13.00
Chair: D. Little

Piloting of the Curriculum Framework for Romani : Reports
· Bulgaria: Lilyana Kovacheva, Hristo Kyuchukov
· Czech Republic: Helena Sadílková
· Sweden: Angelina Dimiter-Taikon, Iren Horvatne
Questions and Discussion

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.45
Chair: Ph. Thalgott

European Language Portfolio (ELP) for learners aged 6–11
Introduction to the ELP and relation to the Handbook [texts]: Barbara Lazenby Simpson
[Presentation: English / Romani]

15.45 – 16.15


16.15 – 17.45

Introduction: Barbara Lazenby Simpson
Workshop on ELP for learners aged 6–11: suggestions for use, starting with the checklists and the Handbook

Friday 28 November

Chair: Ph. Thalgott

European Language Portfolio (ELP) for learners aged 11-16
Barbara Lazenby Simpson
Introduction with particular focus on differences between this and the primary model texts]
[Presentation: English / Romani]
Questions and answers on the Curriculum Framework for Romani, ELPs, implementation, etc.



Chair: J. Sheils

Policy Initiatives:
· The ‘European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages’ and Romani: Dieter Halwachs
· UNESCO: “Mother Tongue Matters : Local language as a key to effective learning”: Noro Andriamiseza

Introduction & Chair:
Joseph Sheils

Planning for the future:
· European Center for Modern Languages (ECML) - Project Proposals: Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director
· How can the Council of Europe tools be implemented in specific national contexts:
Tour de Table
[Questionnaire to participants on the situation and needs in countries: Presentation of an overview of results by the Secretariat]



Chair: J. Sheils

Planning for the future (continued)
Collaboration exchanges and networks
With contributions from David Little and Barbara Lazenby Simpson


Concluding remarks and close of seminar: Joseph Sheils


Possibility of informal meeting(s) of Roma colleagues to plan future actions

The Language Policy Division gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Finnish authorities which has made the preparation of the reference tools for Romani and the organisation of this Seminar possible.