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About the project "Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility"

PluriMobil is a teaching tool that offers activities and materials to support the plurilingual and intercultural learning of students for the phases before, during and after a mobility activity. This tool can be adapted to multiple mobility projects across all educational levels.

What is it about?

The project aims to promote good practice in mobility programmes, developing linguistic and intercultural competences based on the use of tools developed by the Council of Europe. It will provide model learning scenarios for trainee teachers and pupils in upper secondary education (general and vocational).

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In complement to the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, one project in the ECML’s 2008-2011 programme deals with the process of mobility programmes as a whole: the preparatory stages of the study abroad programme, the time spent abroad and the post-mobility programme experience and follow-up phase. For pedagogical monitoring of mobility experiences (real and virtual) a double learning scenario (teachers in training and pupils in primary and secondary school) has been developed, including the use of COE tools such as

To fully exploit the learning scenarios, the project SOUGHT TO:

  • adapt the material to the upper secondary and secondary vocational contexts, where both students and their teachers would benefit from tools structuring and guiding the study abroad experience;
  • develop a concept for the implementation of PluriMobil in the different institutional settings and for the different stakeholders (teachers and trainers, sending and hosting institutions, personnel responsible for curricula of primary, lower and upper secondary schools and teacher training institutions, personnel responsible for mobility);
  • include examples of good practice on the website and a very comprehensible and concise user guide for each level of education targeted by the scenarios;
  • further develop the website as a source for information and networking, linking mainly projects of the EU and of the COE, related to the promotion of plurilingual/intercultural education and mobility.

This project was run within the ECML's Learning through languages programme.

Working languages:
English and French

Project term: 2012-2014

Target audience involved in project activities:

  • Teachers
  • Teacher educators
  • Personnel responsible for curriculum design, development and implementation (such as ministry officials, school principals, head teachers, etc.) 
  • Personnel responsible for international exchange (international officers), organisers of mobility programmes.



The PLURIMOBIL publications and web pages result from the work of an international network established within one of the ECML projects. We would like to thank all who worked on PLURIMOBIL, in particular the project coordination team for their motivation and active involvement.

Project team

Mirjam Egli Cuenat (coordinator)

Kristin Brogan

Chantal Muller

Anna Czura

Josephine Cole (UK) (2010-2011)
Anna Szczepańska (Poland) (2010-2011)

Associated members:

Lukas Bleichenbacher (PHSG, Switzerland) 
Katharina Höchle (PHSG, Switzerland)
Barbara Wolfer (PHSG, Switzerland) (2010-2011) 

A network of practitioners/participants of the Central Workshops (2011 and 2014)

Institutional partners

  • University of Teacher Education St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Österreichisches Sprachen-Kompetenz-Zentrum (ÖSZ), Austria
  • Swiss Competence Centre for exchange and mobility, Switzerland
  • Haute Ecole de Namur, Belgium
  • Institute of Technology Tralee, North Campus, Ireland
  • University of Wrocław, Poland

Associate ECML projects

  • A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to languages and cultures (CARAP/FREPA)
  • Language Associations and Collaborative Support (LACS)
  • ECML publications for plurilingual and intercultural education in use (PIU)
  • Languages in corporate quality (LINCQ)