This section contains the latest news about languages in Europe: dates of events related to languages, reviews about research in linguistics and in teaching foreign and native languages, European positions, etc.
Education report warns of growing teacher shortages Brussels, 10 February 2012 – Several Member States, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium, may face serious teacher shortages in the future, according to a new report published by the European Commission.
The special research group into German for specific purposes (Groupe d’Étude et de Recherche en Allemand de Spécialité - GERALS), created in Dijon, France in March 2011 is to hold its first study day at Stendhal University - Grenoble III in France on Friday 16 March 2012.
eTwinning Learning Events are short intensive online events on a number of themes. They are led by an eTwinning expert and include active work and discussion among teachers across Europe. The idea of a Learning Event is that it is a short intense course that offers teachers an introduction to a topic, stimulates ideas, helps develop skills and does not require a long-term commitment in terms of time. Find out here about forthcoming sessions.
A large part of the contents on the Web is only available in one language, thus excluding those users who don't understand it. Would there be a way to get 100 million people translating these pages into every major language for free?
ELPiPL was a Lifelong Learning project funded by the European Commission with an objective to develop the use of the European Language Portfolio (ELP) in cooperation with secondary and tertiary level educational institutions, language teachers, language learners, enterprises and Europass Centres. The project has formulated a number of recommendations that are available here on the REAL website and on the project website.
The Disabled Access Friendly campaign aims to sensitise students to issues affecting people with mobility disability. Its reaches people through the teaching of English as a foreign language. The website provides teachers with free teaching material that can be used in class, for projects or examination practice, but at the same time stimulates students to put themselves in the shoes of someone with a mobility/disability, for a better understanding of their needs and feelings.
The aim of Eurêkol is to provide teaching materials for primary school teachers who want to treat the topic of the European Union in a fun and original way. Eurêkol consists of six separate chapters, each of them concentrating on one particular topic: an introduction to EU, its history, its symbols, the Euro, agriculture and geography of the Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.