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The work of the ENSEMBLE project is now at the stage of preparation for publication.
During the expert meeting which took place at the ECML on the 8-9 October 2006, all the material that has been generated throughout the project was reviewed and organised.
The ENSEMBLE workshop targeted headteachers as key actors
in the development of plurilingual education. Team members presented case
studies as illustrations of what is already being implemented in order
to enhance plurilingualism. They also identified some of the issues that
need to be discussed in the light of the Guide for the Development of
Language Education Policies in Europe.
See also ENSEMBLE
The team members met on 3-4 June 2005 at the ECML. They welcomed Ms Elisabeth Fleischmann, Head of Graz International Bilingual School, who has now joined the team, replacing Ms Johanna Kapitanffy who has undertaken duties elsewhere.
During this two-day meeting most of the discussions were focused on the workshop activities, especially the link between the plenary presentations and the group work sessions. The team considered it of utmost importance to give space to the participants on the first day of the workshop to discover about each other's schools and language related issues; and on the last day to choose a theme and focus on it for subsequent research and development.
Each of the team members will present a case study in plenary, highlighting issues (given that the full case descriptions will be handed out in hard copy); and will also lead the group work with samples of activities that the head teachers could contribute to and develop. The "Guide for the development of language education policies in Europe" published by the Language Policy Division in Strasbourg is being used to contextualise the work.
It is hoped that the participants will share their experiences, will become more aware of whole-school approaches to language education, and will contribute to the development of tools for use by other head teachers.
September 2004: Expert meeting
The first expert meeting took place at the ECML on the 19th and 20th September. Work by all team members had already started on-line and it became clear that this project consists of three phases:
members had already shared draft case studies on line and during the meeting
they were in a position to evaluate each one in detail. It became clear
that each case study had an interesting focus and together they provided
a cross-section of school contexts and a variety of whole-school approaches
to language policy development. The case studies will be presented at
the workshop as real instances of language education development. Furthermore,
workshop participants (head teachers) will be encouraged to share their
own experiences. They will also be provided with a number of tools to
help them reflect on their current practices, and to provide support for
improved school development planning in the area of languages.