Project Description

1.2. Language awareness, intercultural competence, multilingual matters

1.2.1. The introduction of language awareness into the curriculum

Co-ordination: Michel Candelier, France
Working languages: English, French

How can education prepare individuals to face the cultural and linguistic diversity of the society they are living in? Learners experience this diversity since school, through language multiplicity which they face and learn, but also, more frequently through the diversity of their origins.
It is in this context that a certain number of innovations have been started up in several countries, mainly in primary schools, under different titles (éveil/ouverture aux langues, language awareness, Sprachaufmerksamkeit). They have led recently to the Comenius and the Evlang (Socrates/Lingua) programmes. The latter is still under way.
In this approach, every pupil faces a considerable diversity of languages, of different status, in which s/he performs exploring activities. The aims are to develop both a positive attitude towards linguistic diversity (including lesser used languages, migrants´ and regional languages), and to build metalinguistic skills, which will be used again when learning other languages (foreign languages and languages at school).
The project "Ja-Ling" ("Janua Linguarum", "The Gateway to Languages" following the title of a work by Comenius) aims at more widespread dissemination and curricular insertion of activities promoting linguistic and cultural education in their diversity. It would start in the kindergarten and run through the lower secondary school years. The project will engage in pilot experiences (of varying scope), including the elaboration of curricula, materials, training of teachers and evaluation.
The main objective is to create synergy between linguistic learning, within the framework of the teaching both of more languages and more diversified languages.
In order to strengthen the basis of the project, an application for support within the framework of Comenius was submitted which was subsequently accepted.

Set of activities: 2000, workshop, network meetings
2001, network meetings, fellowships
2002, network meetings, fellowship
2003, workshop, publication

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