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THE CONDITION OF ENGLISH IN MULTILINGUAL AFGHANISTAN (Sept. 9, 2019)

The Condition of English in Multilingual Afghanistan by Hywel Coleman has just been published. A very interesting study about English and the languages of multilingual Afghanistan, about which we know so little about. One can find it, free of charge at:

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/K086_ELT_Condition_English_Afghanistan_web_FINAL2.pdf. Versions in Pashto and Dari ( Farsi and Tajik ) will follow soon.

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METACOGNITION IN MULTILINGUAL DEVELOPMENT: FROM MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN TO POLYGLOTS (August 28, 2019)

Conference organized by the University Center Obergurgl, Tirol, Austria September 18-21, 2019

The conference aims at providing theoretical insights into the relevance of research on metacognition in multilingual development in a variety of settings. The topics to be covered  include:  multilingual awareness, metacognitive abilities and awareness, language learning strategies, subjective theories on learning,  self-assessment,  language maintenance and management, metacognition in teaching.

The plenary Speakers are: Ellen Bialystok, University of York, Toronto/Canada, Alexander Argüelles, University of Minnesota/USA, Carol Griffiths, University of Leeds, UK and Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy, NW University, South Africa.

Extended registration deadline: September 13th, 2019

For more information, please visit: www.uibk.ac.at/anglistik/dyme or send email to info.metacognition.dyme (at) uibk.ac.at

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META-FORUM – INDTRODUCING THE EUROPEAN LANGUAGE GRID, October 8-9, 2019 (August 2019)

META-FORUM is the international conference on innovative Language Technologies for a multilingual information societyThe event brings together a diverse audience: Experts from research and industry will meet to discuss the latest news and to learn more about new developments, projects and initiatives from the European Language and Language Technology community. 

Selected Highlights:

  • First public demo of the European Language Grid
  • Learn how to receive financial support for ELG Pilot Projects
  • Openning addresses by Jill Evans (MEP) and Gail Kent (EC, DG Connect)
  • Invited Keynotes: Nancy Ide (Vassar College, USA): “Towards a Global Language Grid”, Maxim Khalilov (Unbabel, Portugal): “Unbabel Hybrid Translation  System”
  • Language Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Building Bridges in the EU

Register, free of charge, at https://www.european-language-grid.eu/meta-forum-2019/

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ACHIEVING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR MIGRANTS THROUGH LEARNING & ASSESSMENT (August 16, 2019)

Announcing the 4th Intergovernmental Conference entitled “Achieving Equal Opportunities for All Migrants Through Learning and Assessment: Language and knowledge of society requirements for migrants in Council of Europe member states”.

The conference is co-organised by the Council of Europe and ALTE (member of the ECSPM) on 16 October 2019, at the Headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The purpose of the conference is to present the results of the survey which was conducted in 2018 by the Council of Europe and ALTE, to map the language and knowledge of society (KoS) requirements as well as the learning opportunities provided for migrants in Council of Europe member states (as a follow-up to the previous surveys conducted in 2007, 2009 and 2013) with a focus on vulnerable groups such as minors, low-literate migrants and refugees. The conference will provide insight into the trends in the migration policies in Council of Europe member states, discuss the implications of increasing use of language and KoS requirements and suggest concrete measures to be taken. You may find the concept note and draft agenda for the conference at: www.coe.int/lang-migrants. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information or have any questions/comments.

To attend the conference, please complete the online registration form by 6 September 2019.

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QURATOR – CURATION TECHNOLOGIES (July 23, 2019)

It is our pleasure to announce Qurator 2020, an international conference on Digital Curation Technologies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin on January 20-21, 2020.
Among the topics:
– Management of Digitally Curated and Semantically Expressive Information and Knowledge
– AI-based / Semantic Large Scale and Complex Information and Content Analysis
– Applications, Evaluations, and Experiences of applying digital curation technologies, standards, and tools
For further information, please visit their website.

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LET’S PROVIDE ELG WITH OUR INPUT. IT’S FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT! (May 28, 2019)

The EU funded European Language Grid project (ELG), launched in January 2019, is a project set to develop the first and primary platform for European Language Technologies. It will contain a repository of thousands of data sets, hundreds of tools and services, to be used directly from the grid.

The ELG consortium have compiled a survey, hoping to receive input from future potential users. The data will not be shared with third parties.

It takes 15-20 minutes to complete and they ask you to answer before June 7, 2019. The survey is available online at the following address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RHHWPS

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AN OPEN LETTER THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS (May 27, 2019)

The ECSPM strongly supports the important initiative to protect translators and interpreters worldwide and urges others to publicize this Open Letter, which has just been released, in order to get further support.

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ICC ANNUAL CONFERENCE (May 3, 2019)

The 26th annual conference of ICC, the International Language Association, has begun today! Held in the most pleasing premises of the Europäische Akademie Berlin, 3-5 May 2019, the conference is entitled “Teaching and Learning Languages in the Multilingual World: Policy and Practice”.
ICC is a member of the ECSPM, which is supporting this event. Prof. Bessie Dendrinos, ECSPM president, is key-note speaker and her presentation is on multilingual testing and assessment.

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METACOGNITION IN MULTILINGUAL DEVELOPMENT: FROM MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN TO POLYGLOTS (April 4 2019)

The DyME research group and the Department of English at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, are making a call for abstracts to the conference “Metacognition in Multilingual Development: From multilingual children to polyglots” to be held in September 2019.

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21 FEBRUARY, INTERNATIONAL MOTHER TONGUE DAY (February 21 2019)

The proposal for an International Mother Tongue Day was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and since then there has been a growing understanding of the important role of the mother tongue for individuals and societies, a rising awareness that multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way. However, we still have a long way to go because, according to UNESCO, every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.

Despite the important role of mother tongue particularly in education, 40% of the population globally does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.

Specifically, the importance of mother tongue in education is due to that:

  • It is the best medium for the expression of one’s ideas and feelings, and hence the most potent agent for mutual communication and exchange of ideas.
  • It is through the mother tongue that individuals form themselves into social groups.
  • It is the best medium for acquiring knowledge and instrument for intellectual development.
  • It is an instrument of self-expression, emotional development and individual growth of the pupil.

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“INDIGENOUS LANGUAGESMATTER FOR DEVELOPMENT, PEACE BUILDING, RECONCILIATION.” (February 16 2019)

It is with this motto that UNESCO introduces the decision to declare 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages – a year of cooperation dedicated to raising awareness regarding indigenous languages, focusing on a related topic or theme, and od mobilizing different people around the world for coordinated action. To find out more visit the IYIL website.

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ECSPM 2019 SYMPOSIUM – READING, UK (February 1 2019)

MULTILINGUAL CHALLENGES: MEDIATING IMAGES, LANGUAGES AND LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY
Hosted by the Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading, UK
Supported by the Universities of Reading, Cambridge, Cardiff and Westminster
21-22 March, 2019

Participation in the Symposium is limited to 50 experts, who are invited to give talks and discuss issues related to the theme.
If you feel you have expertise in the field, please write to the ECSPM General Secretary (multilingualism at ecspm dot org), requesting to be invited. Please attach your CV to the message.

Symposium Programme
Symposium Poster
Symposium Page

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CONCERNED WITH MULTILINGUALISM IN THE CLASSROOM? (January 20 2019)

The new Eurydice volume, entitled Integrating Students from Migrant Backgrounds into Schools in Europe: National Policies and Measures, will certainly be of interest to you. You can download it from here.

For more information from Eurydice, please visit their updated website.

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PARADIGM SHIFT IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION (August 31 2018)

The title of the 2018 Symposium that the ECSPM is co-organizing with the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, 26-27 September is: PARADIGM SHIFT IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTILITERATE AND PLURILINGUAL AGENCIES. Academics, researchers and language education policy advisors from different countries will be addressing an audience of language professionals and students concerned with issues connected to languages and multilingualism.

On the first day of the Symposium, 26 September, which is dedicated to the European Day of Languages, speakers will talk on various issues and projects on multilingualism across Europe. The second day, 27 September, is devoted to presentations dealing with ideas on how we can best contribute to the efforts for change not only in the way languages are taught and learnt in formal educational settings by resorting to a new language didactics paradigm, but also in the way that future and practicing language teachers are prepared at universities and other professional development centres.

The event is set to take place at university premises, Schnittspahnstraße 9, 64287 Darmstadt, building B2|01 Room: 147. There is no registration fee but those wishing to attend must register in advance because attendance is limited to 100 people.

Here you can find a relevant site map of the campus. In case you need to book a hotel, please find a list of Darmstadt’s hotels here.

Symposium Programme

Abstracts Pamphlet

Registration Form

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STATEMENT ON EUROPEAN RECOMMENDATION REGARDING EDUCATION (August 28 2018)

Our partner, LLLP (Lifelong Learning Platform: European Civil Society for Education), has just issued a statement, as a response to “the second package of measures for creating a European Education Area”. The ECSPM has contributed specifically to the part which constitutes a proposal on Teaching and Learning of Languages therein. Let us know if you agree or have anything to add.

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FIFTH SAARBRÜCKEN CONFERENCE ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING 29-31 OCT. 2019 (July 28 2018)

http://5saarbrueckerfremdsprachentagung.blogspot.com/

The Magic of Language – Productivity in Linguistics and Language Teaching

Die Magie der Sprache – Produktivität in Linguistik und Fremdsprachenunterricht

La magie de la langue – la productivité dans la linguistique et dans l’enseignement des langues étrangères

Located in the heart of Europe, the capital of Saarland is connected to all non-European destinations via its own airport (SCN) and the main hubs of Central Europe. For the participants of the 5th Saarbrücker Fremdsprachentagung the following two travel routes offer culturally interesting and also economically priced alternatives to the more classical connections “Frankfurt / Main – Saarbrücken” or “Flughafen Saarbrücken SCN”.

The theme of the conference offers opportunities for participation to students and scholars of languages, as well as to all professionals who are working in the areas of language teaching/learning and

  • pragmatics
  • languages for specific purposes
  • language teaching methodology
  • interpersonal and intercultural communication situation
  • bilingualism, monolingualism and multilingualism
  • cognitive mechanisms and emotions

Aiming to provide a platform to bring scholars and researchers together for mutual inspiration and idea exchange, the organisers announce that conference registration has already started and will continue until 31-08-2019 (for speakers) and until 30-09-2019 (for those who will simply attend) at the following e-mail address: fremdsprachentagung@googlemail.comThe conference fee is  €60,00 (€30,00 for students).

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2018 EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES EVENTS (July 2 2018)

For the event organized by the European Commission, click here.
For the event organized by the ECSPM, click here.
We hope to be informing you about other events taking place in different parts of Europe around 26 September.

If you are organizing a European Day of Languages event, please let us know, so we kan advertise it.

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“BUILDING A STRONGER EUROPE: THE ROLE OF YOUTH, EDUCATION AND CULTURE POLICIES” (May 25 2018)

We have just been informed that this week the Commission adopted a set of proposed Council Recommendations and other policy documents under the headline “Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies”. Please see the links to the press communication and the Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning, together with its annex and Staff Working Document Part I, plus Staff Working Document Part II, all of which will be translated into all official EU languages and subsequently added to the three already published in the EurLex database. Also follow the development of this policy initiative via social media, in particular via #EuropeanEducationArea.

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THE NPLD CONFERENCE IN VALENCIA, SPAIN (May 25 2018)

The successfully organized conference entitled TOWARDS A MULTILINGUAL SOCIETY: THE VALUE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING HERITAGE, HOME, REGIONAL LANGUAGES FROM AN EARLY AGE, took place in a lovely building at the centre of the old town in València, Spain, on 24 May. Our member organisation –the European Network for Promoting Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)– that organised the conference, in collaboration with the Government of València, did excellent work and the presentations by invited speakers and NPLD members were inspiring and useful. One of the invited speakers was the ECSPM President Bessie Dendrinos. Her paper was entitled “Developing intercultural awareness and plurilingual-pluricultural competences in young children”. The conference presentations will soon be uploaded on the NPLD website.

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WE WELCOME OLBI/CCERBAL AS AN ECSPM PARTNER (May 17 2018)

We are delighted to announce that the “Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute / Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme” (OLBI) of Ottawa, Canada, has become an ECSPM partner, ensuring creative synergies at institutional level in the pursuit of common goals. The two institutions will exchange information and, most importantly, expertise. They will attend one other’s events (conferences, workshops, courses) whenever possible, and carry out joint activities and research projects on issues of common interest. OLBI has also announced the partnership in their Newsletter and will list the ECSPM on the CCERBAL website along with its other strategic partners.

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MARK THE DATE! SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2018 (May 15 2018)

“Paradigm Shift in Language Education for the Development of Multiliterate and Plurilingual Agencies” is the title of the European symposium that the ECSPM is co-organizing with the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, 26-27 September 2018. Academics, researchers and language education policy advisors from different countries will be addressing an audience of about 100 scholars and other professionals –all concerned with issues connected to languages and multilingualism.

Details to be announced.

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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY (February 21 2018)

Please visit the following link to read and adopt, accept, agree or simply like the Statement that was prepared by 40 experts (including the President of the ECSPM, Bessie Dendrinos) originally drafted in English and then translated into many other world languages. Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World
The Statement was prepared by the 40 experts who travelled  to Salzburg, Austria (12-17 December 2017) from all five continents to take part in the Salzburg Global Seminar on “Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World” focusing on “the pivotal role of language learning for effective international relations, employment, social mobility and security, for full utilisation of talent and economic dynamism, and for understanding socio-economic divides around language learning.

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY.

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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY (February 20 2018)

As we prepare to celebrate International Mother Language Day (IMLD), we salute our Nordic friends and join them in celebrating Multilingual Month (21 February-21 March). The “Multilingualism and Diversity as a Resource in the Cultural Field” project belongs to the Norden 2020 Action –Vad händer med välfärden i Norden, which started during the Finnish presidency at the Nordic council of Ministers in 2016.

IMLD is an initiative through which UNESCO encourages the recognition and celebration of linguistic diversity worldwide. For resources and tips on what teachers and students can do, visit their webpage here

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ANNOUNCING INVITATION TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE TO A JOURNAL (February 4 2018)

Multilingual Margins: A journal of multilingualism from the periphery

The journal editors invite interested scholars to submit articles based on original research around topics relating to multilingualism and marginality, decolonial theory and practice, and Southern theory. Multilingual Margins aspires to deliver incisive theorizations that critically deconstruct ways of talking about language and multilingualism that emanate from the Centre. It seeks to provide a forum for the emergence of alternative discourses of multilingualism rooted in close (historiographical) accounts of local language practices and ideologies of the translocal and entangled communities of the geopolitical South. To the extent that margins are productive spaces of annotation and commentary on the body or main theme of a text, an approach to multilingualism from the geopolitical margin promises also to contribute to reflection and afterthought, and to new epistemological approaches to language formulated in the Centre. For more information: http://epubs.ac.za/

Prospective authors are invited to submit an electronic contribution to qwilliams (at) uwc.ac.za or cstroud (at) uwc.ac.za.

All articles submitted will benefit from an international peer-review process.

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THE SECOND ECSPM ASSEMBLY TO BE HOSTED BY THE NLPD IN BRUSSELS (January 14, 2018)

On 6 February 2018, the ECSPM will be holding its second assembly in Brussels to discuss the updated content of the website, future actions of our organization and to decide whether and how we will respond to the new Erasmus+ call (Key Action 3). The assembly will be hosted by one of our members –the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), at their premises, in the center of Brussels, Rue de la Pepinière 1. The majority of the members will be present in person and two will have a virtual presence.

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ΤHE ECSPM AT THE CONSULTATION MEETING ORGANIZED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (January 14, 2018)

On 5 February 2018, the ECSPM has been invited and will be taking part in a consultation meeting that the European Commission is organizing in Brussels, to discuss the new strategy on languages in education, drafted on the basis of the decisions taken at the Social Summit for “Fair Jobs and Growth”, hosted in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017. The Summit gathered heads of state or government, social partners civil society, students, leading experts and the European Commission to work together on well-functioning and fair European labour markets, effective and sustainable social protection systems and the promotion of social dialogue. The ECSPM will be represented by its president.

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THE ECSPM ATTENDS THE PNF MEETING OF THE ECML IN GRAZ (December 20, 2017)

On 14-15 December the ECSPM (represented by its President and General Secretary) took part in the annual meeting of the “Professional Network Forum” of the European Centre of Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe, in Graz, Austria. The PFN “is formed of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Under the auspices of the ECML, the members of the PFN have agreed to share their know-how and have committed themselves to work together on areas of common interest in the service of language education.”

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OUR “BEYOND LANGUAGE BARRIERS” SYMPOSIUM IN ATHENS (December 6, 2017)

The ECSPM organised the BEYOND LANGUAGE BARRIERS Symposium, in Athens Greece, on 1 December 2017. The Symposium programme is here. It was hosted by the Hellenic Open University and generously sponsored both by the Hellenic Open University and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At the first assembly of the ECSPM on 2 December 2017 ECSPM Executive Committee was elected.

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BOOSTING EUROPEAN RESEACH FOCUSING ON THE SOCIAL, CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE (September 2017)

A group of concerned academics prepared an open letter for the European Research Council, requesting that their current distribution of panels be modified to include within the current panels a section fully devoted to ‘Language/Discourse, culture and society’ that encompasses the social, cultural, educational, economic and political aspects of language. The ECSPM was contacted and took part in this action.

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LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY FOR MULTILINGUAL EUROPE SURVEY (June 5, 2017)

All you who are into language technologies, computational linguistics, language education and the digital media please participate in the Language Technology for Multilingual Europe Survey. It invites all members of the European Language Technology Research and Innovation community as well as related areas for their input on several questions that have to do with the possibility of establishing a large-scale research and innovation programme in the near future.

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MULTILINGUALISM – RESEARCH OVERVIEW (May 18, 2017)
From the website of Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council)

The research overview covers the most central parts of Swedish multilingualism research, in light of the international knowledge situation. Here is research on the educational system’s way of meeting the large group of pupils in secondary school that have a different background from those that are all-Swedish (wholeSwedish) (part III).
In the same way, research on society’s education measures for adult immigrants and adult immigrant language learning in the classroom and outside it (Part IV) is considered (taken into account). As a background to these two parts, research on second language learning is presented, with special focus on Swedish as a second language, and research on first language acquisition in a minority situation, focusing on the mother tongue of multilingual children (part II). Research on the social frameworks for how multilingualism is handled in laws and regulations, and why practice often differs from what was intended is discussed in Part 1. The work was conducted by eight researchers led by Kenneth Hyltenstam, Monica Axelsson and Inger Lindberg. The research overview has been reviewed by peer review.

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SCHOOL-EDUCATION-GATEWAY (April 5, 2017)

Visit the online platform for school education: http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/index.htm
The DG EAC of the European Commission has developed an online platform for all stakeholders in school education, where one can find content by themes such as:
• Basic Skills
• Citizenship
• Early Childhood Education and Care
• Language Learning
• Inclusive education and tackling early school leaving
• Teachers and School Leaders
• Cultural awareness and expression
• Personal development and well-being
• Entrepreneurship education

Teachers might be particularly interested in online and on site courses for professional development at the TEACHER ACADEMY: “http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy.htm”>http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy.htm

Teacher trainers, teachers and parents who might be interested in expert views and surveys on school education, visit http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/viewpoints.htm for poll results on:
• Poll on multilingual classrooms
• Poll on social and civic competences
• Poll on early childhood education and care
• Poll on social and civic competences
• Poll on Cultural Awareness and Expression
• Poll on critical thinking and media
Also, be sure to attend the online II Virtual Conference on Media Education and Digital Competence (01.05.2017-31.05.2017). For more information, visit:
https://formacion.funge.uva.es/cursos/ii-congreso-educacion-mediatica-virtual/

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CONSULTATION TO REVIEW KEY COMPETENCES FOR LIFELONG LEARNING (March 10, 2017)

The European Commission launches consultation to review the 2006 Key Competences for Lifelong Learning and invites all citizens and organizations to take part. Contributions are particularly welcome from:
• Educational authorities and policy makers
• Policy networks and organisations
• Education and training providers
• Practitioners in education, training and youth work
• Social partners, employment services, career guidance services, businesses
• Researchers and academics in education and training

For more info: https://ec.europa.eu/education/consultations/lifelong-learning-key-competences-2017_en?pk_campaign=Chapeau&pk_kwd=KeyComp
You can also find the ON-LINE QUESTIONNAIRE for the ‘Key Competences’ framework here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/KeyCompetencesReview2017

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KEY COMPETENCES FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING (January 23 2017)

The European Commission works with EU countries to strengthen ‘key competences’, i.e., the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which may help learners find personal fulfilment and, later in life, find work and take part in society. These key competences include ‘traditional’ skills such as communication in one’s mother tongue and additional languages, digital skills, literacy, and basic skills in maths and science, as well as horizontal skills such as learning to learn, social and civic responsibility, initiative and entrepreneurship, intercultural awareness, and creativity. For additional information visit: https://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/school/competences_en?pk_campaign=Chapeau&pk_kwd=KeyComp

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NEW SKILLS AGENDA FOR EUROPE (December 20, 2016)

The European Commission has launched a new “Skills Agenda for Europe” and with it the actions to ensure that the right training and the right support for skills development are available to EU citizens and other people living, working and studying in Member States, in which the Commission has invited stakeholders work together to:
• improve the quality and relevance of skills formation
• make skills more visible and comparable
• improve skills intelligence and information for better career choices

The actions announced on 10 June 2016, to be taken forward over the next two years are the following:
1) A Skills Guarantee – renamed ‘Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults’
2) A review of the European Qualifications Framework and the related annexes
3) The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
4) The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills
5) A revision of the Europass Framework
6) A Skills Profile Tool Kit for Third Country Nationals (to support early identification and profiling of skills and qualifications of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants).
7) Making Vocational Education and Training (VET) a first choice
8) A review of the recommendation on key competences for life-long learning.

More information: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1223

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