We will be supported by our home institutions (listed below) which will provide infrastructure (mainly communication and research facilities). We will also cooperate with professional networks, most notably FIPLV and other networks with a pluri-/multilingual (as opposed to a language-specific) approach.

  • The Department of German at the University of Vienna, the largest institution for training teachers of German as L1 and L2 for academically oriented secondary schools in Austria, is at present developing new curricula for all courses including teacher education and is also involved in the Austrian LEPP process, for both of which the results of this project are highly relevant.
  • The School of Education at the University of Sheffield has a strong reputation for its work in teacher education, literacy, policy and inclusion. Its focus on diversity is reflected in its partnership with local schools and its unique PGCE (teacher training course) in Urdu, Chinese and Japanese. It is also involved in the first city-focused CoE Profile of language policy.
  • Bi-/multilingualism is one of the main research areas of the Research Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism of the EURAC (European Academy) Bozen/Bolzano, a multilingual private non-profit institution with private and public funding. South Tyrol with its three linguistic and cultural groups offers a background of great interest for the study of language learning, a field that is greatly emphasized at EURAC.
  • The University of Jyväskylä is the leading developer in Finland in the field of language learning, teaching, assessment and teacher education. It is also the first and only university in Finland that has a language policy for the whole university. The policy outlines the university as a multicultural and multilingual environment.
  • The Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe (LPD) has recently initiated a number of activities in the field of languages of school education and we will base our activities on the results of these activities, coordinate our work with the LPD and cooperate closely with the experts involved in the LPD's activities.

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