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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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Visit the online platform for school education:
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: “”>

Teacher trainers, teachers and parents who might be interested in expert views and surveys on school education, visit 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:

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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:
You can also find the ON-LINE QUESTIONNAIRE for the ‘Key Competences’ framework here:

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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:

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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:

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