language and education
The European Language Label encourages and rewards innovative practices in the field of language teaching and learning, in any phase of education and training. European Language Label projects have contributed substantially to the promotion of innovative language teaching and learning, throughout all Europe.
Language teaching and learning is essential to ensuring that European citizens can move, work, and learn freely throughout Europe. This will help boost jobs and growth, and contribute to a mutual understanding of other countries and cultures. It is also essential to ensure that language deficiencies are not a barrier to participation in society. The role of the European Commission is to coordinate efforts with national governments to pursue the objectives of the strategic framework for languages with support from the activities of Erasmus+.
The Ed.M. in Language Education is designed to extend and diversify the professional preparation of certified teachers who seek to enhance their instructional skills and knowledge.
These specializations are also available for those seeking endorsements (not initial) certifications:
The Language of Education: Key Terms and Concepts in Teaching and Learning is a series of short handbooks each of which focuses on the special language inherent in a variety of educational disciplines. Those entering graduate programs, scholars from non-English speaking areas, teachers with interests in accessing the academic literature, and even those wishing to explore outside their discipline should find something of interest in these books. In short, these books support shared understanding by assisting all of those working with a particular discipline to share a common vocabulary and foster effective communication.
The featured terms in each volume have been selected for their relevance and their potential to be defined uniquely in a particular educational field. The key terms are discussed on one page with a short introductory definition for quick reference followed by a longer expanded discussion supported by references. The index in each book includes links to encourage readers to explore related terms and concepts and thus gain additional information and context. Those who are new to the academic language of a particular educational area, may find it useful to read the books in this series as if each were a collection of very short stories introducing that discipline.
In response to the corona outbreak the ELE2020 conference has been postponed till 2021.
Cindy Brantmeier, Washington University, St. Louis, USA
Linguistic diversity is one of the great strengths of the European Union. To foster the potential of linguistic diversity to support multilingual competences and help overcome its possible challenges, innovative policies and practices in language teaching must be implemented across classrooms, schools, regions and countries. These novel language education practices need to overcome persisting language devaluation and isolation, deconstruct existing language hierarchies and apply an inclusive perspective of all languages both in education and in society.
In this context, the main purpose of this report is to explore emerging innovative approaches and strategies of language teaching in Europe supporting learners’ plurilingualism, inspire educators and policy makers to innovate and implement forward-looking policies and practices in language education, and contribute to the implementation of the EU Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages  (adopted in May 2019).
The two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Early Language Education for Intercultural Communication (120 ECTS) prepares students to teach foreign languages to children and emphasizes early age intercultural communication competence.
The general strength of the programme is generated by its didactics and methodology relying upon a balanced combination of theory and practice to be used in a future work as a teacher or educator. The programme facilitates gaining a multicultural view on educational issues and sharing personal/collective experience in intercultural settings. The programme prepares its students to effectively tackle challenges and possibilities arising from globalisation, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity.
Our programs in Foreign Language education are designed for prospective and practicing teachers of foreign languages, heads of departments, supervisors, and directors of foreign language programs in local and international contexts. Our programs prepare you with a firm foundation in the target language, language and literacy development, and applied linguistics to meet the needs of students from diverse educational and ethnic backgrounds.
Train to teach Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish in the US or abroad through intensive language study, pedagogy courses, and student teaching.
Our research concerns language, communication, learning and teaching, research approaches and methods.
Our research cluster forms part of the Department of Education.