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Education and Languages, Language Policy

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


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SELECTED TEXTS

Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education and two Satellite Studies

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

Adult migrant integration policies: Principles and implementation

Concept Paper: The linguistic and educational integration of children and adolescents from migrant backgrounds

 

DEDICATED WEBSITES

Platform of resources and references for plurilingual and intercultural education

 www.coe.int/lang-platform


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

www.coe.int/CEFR

Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants

www.coe.int/lang-migrants

European Language Portfolio

www.coe.int/portfolio


Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters

www.coe.int/lang-autobiography


European Day of Languages

www.coe.int/edl


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 nearly 40 language versions. More

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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

This project 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.
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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 studies.
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GUIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRICULA

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.