Current Opportunities

Developing Language Awareness in Subject Classes
16-17 November 2017 | Graz, Austria

Workshop Description | Nomination Form

This workshop will:

  • Increase awareness of what language means when learning a subject matter.

It is suitable for:

  • Subject teachers of 12/13 year old learners
  • Teacher trainers, head teachers
  • Those responsible for developing education programmes for migrant learners
    Language teachers who have already assumed the role of mentor of subject teachers.

Ireland can send one delegate to the workshop. The workshop fee, travel and subsistence will be paid for by ECML.

Apply to by 28 August 2017 using this form.

Feedback from Language Professionals on previous ECML Workshops:

Promoting Excellence in Sign Language Instruction:

“This informative workshop brought many stakeholders together from Deaf studies centres throughout Europe (and further afield). This space gave us the opportunity to discuss best practice in the teaching of signed languages.  It created a platform for educators to share their experiences of implementing CEFR, and for novice users of the framework to get a solid grasp of what it entails.  The primary focus of the workshop is to consider how advanced sign language levels can be attained through effective pedagogical strategies and considered assessment techniques (such as the European Language Portfolio).

This was a starting point and the participants are committed to moving forward with this initiative. There have already been tentative discussions of conducting a pilot study which the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin, will be part of. There have already been fruitful email conversations, which are teasing out some of the issues as we reflect on the content of the two-day workshop.

This was an extremely worthwhile experience that has given me a deeper knowledge of CEFR and how we can continue to embed it into our Bachelor in Deaf Studies programme.”
-Sarah Sheridan, Trinity College Dublin

A Quality Assurance Matrix for the Common European Framework of Reference

“Around 35 international practitioners came together to discuss the introduction of a proposed “QualiMatrix”, an online quality assurance tool designed for use before implementation of the CEFR in a particular context or curriculum, or as an evaluation of an already-existing implementation. For the participants to gain a fuller understanding of the approach and for the expert authors to devise a tool that is user-friendly (for both teachers and curriculum designers), a key and very beneficial focus of the workshop was the sharing of CEFR-related experiences in the different countries represented, at all education levels, and in the areas of curriculum, teaching, policy-making, and teacher education. The participants were introduced to the robust quality assurance principles underpinning the approach in building the matrix, and discussed in a very informative way the general principles of universal design that are the base for every aligned curriculum. The discussion of the tool and CEFR itself, together with the sharing of best practices and introduction to the facilities and projects of the ECML, made this an extremely stimulating conference.”
Siobhán Donovan, University College Dublin (School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics)

“Use of the CEFR is increasingly prevalent in language education in Ireland.  It has been used in the development of a programme for English as an Additional Language in Irish primary schools and in the development of the specifications for the new Junior Cycle language curricula, due to begin implementation in 2017.  There has been a move in recent years to align university language syllabuses and assessments with CEFR levels, partly in response to new regulations introduced by the Teaching Council of Ireland, requiring second level language teachers to provide evidence of a minimum language proficiency of CEFR level B2.2.  The CEFR has also been used to inform the development of standardised language tests, language teaching materials and CALL learning resources.  The implementation of the CEFR in these contexts has great potential for stimulating innovation, as well as increasing transparency and cohesion in language education in Ireland as a whole.  It is essential, however, that adequate quality assurance practices are established to ensure consistent, meaningful and effective use of the CEFR.  The ECML Quality Assurance Matrix will provide an invaluable resource to guide practitioners and policy makers in the planning, implementation and evaluation phases of CEFR-related projects, by encouraging self-reflection on key principles of quality, through the use of a freely accessible interactive online tool.  In this way, it could contribute greatly to more meaningful, well-informed, consistent and effective use of the CEFR in all areas of language education in Ireland.”
Aoife Ní Ghloinn, Maynooth University

Previous Opportunities

Digital Literacy for the Teaching and Learning of Languages
10-11 October 2017 | Graz, Austria

A Pluriliteracies Approach to Teaching for Learning
13-14 March 2017 | Marino Institute of Education, Dublin

Promoting Excellence in Sign Language Instruction
1-2 March | Graz, Austria

A Quality Assurance Matrix for the Common European Framework of Reference
15-16 November 2016  | Graz, Austria

Action Research Communities for Language Teachers
10-11 November 2016 | Graz, Austria