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The Report on the Workshop held in March 2007 is already available online on the Materials section.
Three weeks after the central workshop held on 29-31 March, the project team met for the last time at the ECML on 19-20 April. Members discussed the results of the evaluation of the workshop as well as the conclusions to be drawn from it. They revised the workshop documents in order to make them available online on the project's website. The work remaining to be done over the coming months was also discussed:
The IMPEL project's central workshop was held at ECML in Graz from 29 to 31 March 2007, just six months before the end of the project. There were a total of 25 participants at the event, from 24 countries, including 23 ECML member states, and one participant from the Russian Federation. Participants came from a fairly wide variety of backgrounds: a number had already been implementing the European Language Portfolio at national or regional level for several years. Others were preparing to implement it; while others, in turn, were at the stage of devising an ELP.
There were two working groups (one speaking French and two speaking English). Participants in these were asked to describe their own situations, roles, backgrounds and expectations.
An implementation case study was presented to each working group:
30th March 2007
At the start of the third day, Rolf Schärer introduced the idea of a website, while Gabriele Tänzer, Michael Tobisch and Hans-Ulrich Bosshard presented practical work on electronic descriptions. Then participants had a chance to work in the small groups of their choice, with colleagues in similar situations, or alone on their action plans or project descriptions. Project group members were available as resource-persons. At the end of the workshop, 23 project descriptions had been inputted.
John Thorogood gave an overview of scope for action on the ELP. Participants were then able to finish their action plans individually, taking account of the relevant background and targeting them on a specific stage or tool.
The final general discussion covered the following subjects:
The participants and the project group enjoyed three days of thorough experience sharing and work. Participants' reactions were positive and encouraging to the project team. The team hopes participants will carry on working to implement the ELP with renewed vigour and new ideas.
Next stages of the IMPEL Project
Now the IMPEL project team is going to complete and finalise the tools, taking account of participants' proposals. It will make the material available online on the ECML IMPEL project website. Over the coming months, it will consider the question of an interactive website in detail with ECML secretariat and the Council of Europe's Language Policy Division. It will also discuss the possibility of a new project in the context of the ECML's third medium-term programme.
The 6th meeting of the IMPEL project took place on the 6-7 October 2006. The team was once again reinforced by the presence of Ms Sally Rehorick, New Brunswick University, who has accompanied the project as a permanent observer on behalf of the Canadian government.The principal objectives of the meeting were:
From 29 - 31 March a workshop will take place at the ECML presenting the products of the IMPEL project and discussing them with the participants nominated by the 33 member states of the ECML.
The fifth enlarged team meeting of the "impel" project took place at the ECML on 31 March -1 April. The team should have been reinforced by the presence of four additional experts responsible for or involved in ELP implementation projects who were invited by the ECML. Unfortunately, only Viljo Kohonen from Finland was able to attend, the others having had to withdraw at the last minute. Nevertheless, Sally Rehorick, from the University of New Brunswick, who is following the project as a permanent observer on behalf of the Canadian authorities, attended, as well as Ileana Racoviceanu Bucharest, who is dealing with the "impel" project database and CD-Rom/website.The main aims of the meeting were:
The group gained valuable information from the discussion with Mr Kohonen, who is also a team member of project C6 "ELP_TT". A considerable amount of time was devoted to the problem of the collection of information on ELP implementation projects: an electronic questionnaire was examined and tested and will be revised over the coming months. The web platform which was tested will group together the various tools (glossary, guide, questionnaires, planning schedules, practical examples) and enable the great quantity of information received from the different ELP implementation projects to be sorted and classified.
The next team meeting, on 6-7 October 2006, will be devoted to the fine-tuning of the instruments and the preparation of the 2007 workshop. Entitled "ELP implementation", this will be held at the ECML, 28-31 March 2007, and will aim to present the products of the "impel" project and discuss them with the participants. These will be nominated by the Centre's 33 member states on the basis of their involvement in ELP implementation projects.
The fourth meeting of the IMPEL project team took place at the ECML on 9-10 September 2005. The team was further strengthened by 4 additional experts, invited by the ECML, currently engaged in/managing implementation projects for the ELP: Eva Engdell and Cecilia Nihlén from Sweden, Evangelia Kaga from Greece and Lourdes Magallon from Spain. In addition, Sally Rehorick from the University of New Brunswick, has on behalf of the Canadian government a permanent observer role on the team.
The main objectives of the meeting were the following:
The discussions with the additional experts were again rich and very productive. The project group proposes creating an information platform responding to the needs of ELP project managers. This platform would regroup the different tools (glossary, action plan, questionnaires, planning schedules etc.) and provide a structure for a large amount of information received from the different implementation projects for the ELP.
The next meeting on 31 March - 1 April 2006 will again be enlarged with 4 additional experts. A 3-day workshop is foreseen to present the products of the IMPEL project and discuss them with the participants nominated by the 33 member states of the ECML.
Links to ELP sites cooperating with IMPEL:
The third meeting of the 'impel' project team was held at the ECML on 25 and 26 February 2005. The team worked in its standard composition, once again reinforced by the presence of Ms Sally Rehorick of the University of New Brunswick, now a permanent observer member of the group representing the Canadian government.
The aims of the meeting were:
The group decided that the first results of its
work would be presented on the project website during the summer.
The second meeting of the impel project group took place at the ECML on 24 and 25 September 2004. The team was reinforced by five additional experts invited by the ECML, four of whom are responsible for national ELP implementation projects: Gunther Abuja, Austria; Barbara Glowacka, Poland; Kira Iriskhanova, Russian Federation; Maria Stoicheva, Bulgaria. In addition, Sally Rehorick, from the University of New Brunswick, assisted us as an observer sent by the Canadian government.
The main objectives of the meeting were:
The discussions with the additional experts were both
rich and fruitful. It will be a considerable challenge to elaborate practical
tools which can reduce the complexity of putting the ELP into practice.
Nevertheless, work is proceeding in the right direction.
The first meeting of the IMPEL team was held at the ECML on 5 and 6 March 2004.
The main aims of the meeting were:
The project team got off to a good start. All the tasks planned for the first meeting were completed. We hope to develop useful instruments which will help in managing the complexities of ELP implementation.