[lg policy] Council of Europe: Intergovernmental Language Policy Forum 'The right of learners to quality and equity in education - The role of linguistic and intercultural competences'

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 17 15:08:59 UTC 2011

Intergovernmental Language Policy Forum 'The right of learners to
quality and equity in education - The role of linguistic and
intercultural competences'
Submitted on 03/07/2011, by Maïté Naudan


The Intergovernmental Language Policy Forum about took place in Geneva
(Switzerland) on 2-4 November 2010. It was organised on the initiative
of the Council of Europe’s Language Policy Division (LPD) and at the
invitation of the Swiss authorities represented by the State
Secretariat for Education and Research and the Swiss Conference of
Cantonal Directors of Education. The report by Francis Goullier is now

The forum brought together over 200 participants including
representatives of 37 Council of Europe member states and associated
countries and organisations, such as Canada, the European Commission,
OECD and ALECSO, and a 70-strong Swiss delegation. The European Centre
for Modern Languages (ECML, based in Graz) was associated with the

The forum had five objectives:

    * to present, share and discuss with the representatives of
countries, regions, associations and INGOs present the findings and
principles guiding the Language Policy Division’s activities in
support of the right to quality and equity in education, and some
suggested approaches for the promotion of those values: clear
recognition of the language dimension of all teaching; coherence in
the teaching of different languages; recognition and enhancement of
the importance of learners’ plurilingual and pluricultural
repertoires; and particular attention to vulnerable groups, such as
children and adolescents from immigrant backgrounds and Roma;
    * to present the new tools and documents produced on the LPD’s
initiative to help member states and relevant stakeholders to take
initiatives in these fields and undertake wide-ranging consultation on
    * to encourage the pooling of experience, ideas and initiatives
taken in the member states and by the Council of Europe’s partners;
    * to promote the use of the Platform of References and Resources
for Plurilingual and Intercultural Education , a forum for
disseminating documents and pooling experience;
    * to identify action to be taken, whether at local, regional or
national level or by the Language Policy Division.


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