Education and Languages, Language Policy

Plurilingual and Intercultural Education
in Primary Education


Council of Europe, 22-23 November 2012
Agora Building - Room G 01

version of the programme including presentations (powerpoint and texts)

    Thursday 22 November 2012

08.30 – 09.00


9.00 – 10.00

    The aims of the seminar relating to the Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education and the other tools of the Language Policy Unit
    Johanna Panthier
    Council of Europe
    Presentation of the participants
    Plurilingual and intercultural education: challenges and definitions
    Ingo Thonhauser

    Summary of the responses to the questionnaire:
    Francis Goullier, General Rapporteur


    Mirjam Egli

Block A: Language of schooling and foreign languages – are there convergences, is there continuity?

10.00 – 10.15

10.15 – 11.00

    Introduction: Coherence across the curriculum - Mirjam Egli

    Examples of implementation:
    · Convergences in the School Curriculum for Western Switzerland (“Le plan d’études Romand – PER”) - Ingo Thonhauser

    · The Austrian project « Fremdsprachenlernen in der Grundschule » [foreign language learning in primary education] (Österreichisches Sprachenkompetenzzentrum) - Ulrike Haslinger

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Group work
What are the consequences of promoting convergence of the language of schooling and foreign languages for the content and objectives of teacher training?

13.00 – 14.30

Lunch-buffet (offered)

14.30 – 15.00

Feedback from the working groups

Chair :

    Ingo Thonhauser

Block B : Languages and other subject areas

15.00 – 15.15

15.15 – 15.45

Introduction: the language dimension in the acquisition of knowledge –
Jean-Claude Beacco

Example of implementation: the programme of study of mathematics in Luxembourg Robi Brachmond

15.45 – 16.30

Round Table 1 [chair: Ingo Thonhauser]
To what extent is the language dimension being taken into account in knowledge building in the language of schooling? What is the current state of affairs?
Participants: Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Sweden

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 – 17.15

17.15 – 18.00

Examples of implementation of CLIL-type approaches in primary education (including an ECML project) - Marisa Cavalli

Round Table 2  [chair: Marisa Cavalli]
To what extent can the learning of several languages contribute to knowledge building in school subjects, particularly in the context of bilingual education?

Participants : Armenia, Croatia, Norway, Romania, Lithuania

Friday 23 November

Chair :

    Marisa Cavalli

Block C: Plurilingual repertoires as resources 

09.00 – 09.30

    The didactic exploitation of learners’ plurilingual resources in knowledge building
    Introduction to group work

    09.30 – 11.30

    (Coffee break from 10.30)

    Group work
    Should learners for whom the learning of the language of schooling appears to be a cognitive overload – in particular those with a different language of origin - be exempted from learning other languages?

    11.30 – 12.00

    Feedback from the working groups

    12.00 – 13.30


    Chair :
    Jean-Claude Beacco

Block D: Intercultural education

    13.30 – 13.45

    13.45 – 14.45

    14.45 – 15.00

    Introduction: Intercultural education – what is specific to primary education? - Jean-Claude Beacco

    Three approaches:
    · Autobiography of intercultural encounters - Christopher Reynolds
    · ‘Plurimobil’ Project (ECML): supporting mobility for sustainable intercultural learning - Mirjam Egli
    · The narrative approach: working with literary texts - Ingo Thonhauser



    15.00 – 15.30

Language Policy Unit, DGII, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex – /