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The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is a Council of Europe institution promoting excellence in language education in its 34 member states.
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Mobility for plurilingual and intercultural education

Although mobility programmes are recognized as one of the most powerful pedagogical instruments for plurilingual and intercultural education, they do not automatically result in better intercultural or linguistic skills. The approach proposed in this publication enables teachers to assist learners in fully benefiting from the learning opportunities offered by exchange programmes and encourages collaboration between sending and hosting institutions. Trainee teachers and pupils carry out self-evaluation, formulate their linguistic and intercultural objectives and observe their own progress. The double scenario, aimed simultaneously at pupils and trainee teachers, is based on the principle that the latter will be more likely to integrate in their teaching what they have experienced during their own training.

The scenario encourages a structured and focused use of a number of Council of Europe language learning tools such as:
  • The European Language Portfolio
  • Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters
  • Developing and assessing intercultural communicative competence
  • Intercultural competence for professional mobility
  • Mirrors and windows. An intercultural communication textbook
  • The European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL)
  • The Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches (CARAP/FREPA)
Classroom activities
• Teacher trainers and (future) teachers for primary and lower secondary school, engaged in mobility programmes

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The publication offers a ‘double learning scenario’ for trainee teachers and pupils in primary and secondary school including a user guide for pedagogical monitoring of mobility experiences, both real and virtual.
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