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carap"A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures" International Workshop atYSULS

IMG_1141The YSULS Center for the Implementation of CoE Language Education Programmes and the European Center for Modern Languages held a joint international workshop “A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures” within ECML Training and Consultancy for Member-States project on October 1-3, YSULS, Yerevan, Armenia.


Goals and objectives of the workshop

To enhance plurilingual and intercultural education in Armenia both at grassroot level /teacher trainers and classroom teachers/ and policy level/ curriculum design and reforms of educational policies in Armenia/:

  • To offer support to education professionals in their effort to review the existing approaches in language policy and identify areas where the FREPA approaches can be successfully implemented.
  • To discuss relevant competences which would work for the specific context of the Armenian educational system.
  • To discuss how FREPA could fit into the Armenian curriculum so that teachers can freely use pluralistic approaches.
  • To train teachers for the purpose of working with pluralistic approaches.
  • To help teacher trainers to design training modules based on pluralistic approaches.

Target groups and stakeholders:

  • Policy makers
  • Teacher trainers
  • Curriculum developers
  • School principals
  • Textbook developers
  • School and university teachers of Armenian, Russian, English, French, German
  • Student teachers from the YSLU Chair of Pedagogy and Methodology

Total number of participants for the three days: 85 people.

 

Programme of the workshop

 

  • Day 1: Conference
  • Target group: representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of RA, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, school principals and chair holders at YSLU.
  • Aim of the conference: to support education professionals in their effort to review the existing approaches in language policy and identify areas where the FREPA approaches can be successfully implemented.

  • Day 2: Workshops
  • Target group: teacher trainers, curriculum developers and textbook writers
  • Aim of the workshops: To help the participants master the objectives of plurilingual and intercultural education, to select, adapt and use relevant teaching materials. To help teacher trainers to be able design to design training modules based on pluralistic approaches.

  • Day 3: Workshops
  • Target group: School and university teachers, teacher trainers
  • Aim of the workshops: To conduct practical workshops with teachers to help them be able to work with FREPA tools. Workshops will be conducted both by the experts and teacher trainers.


According to the participants’ evidences the 3 days of the workshop were very productive for all of them. The workshop was closed by the ceremony of granting certificates of appreciation and participation to the ECML experts and participants of the workshop. 
For more information visit FREPA country page for Armenia.

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European Day of Languages 


Strasbourg, 26.09.2014 – To mark the European Day of Languages, Secretary General Jagland 

made the following statement: 

“On 26 September we celebrate Europe’s rich linguistic diversity. Let us take a moment to remember the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery – that language is often the source of misunderstandings. Language can be used as a weapon, as an excuse to discriminate and humiliate. 

Together we can ensure that languages, rather than being the source of misunderstanding, become the key to intercultural dialogue and mutual respect. To do this, we must challenge existing mindsets and embrace diversity.

The Council of Europe demonstrates a strong commitment to all of Europe’s languages: through its work on the protection of regional or minority languages, in developing common standards for teaching and measuring linguistic competence, and in supporting states to implement inclusive approaches to language education. 

So while we celebrate the Day of Languages today, in Strasbourg, in Graz together with the European Centre for Modern Languages, and through the many innovative events taking place all around Europe, let us recognise the powerful role languages play in helping to build and maintain tolerant, peaceful and inclusive societies.” 


Traditionally, the Eurpean Day of Languages is celebrated every year on September 26 at YSULS. Two major events were organized to celebrate EDL at our university this year: a student conference by the Chair of Pedagogy and FLT Methodology and a song festival by the Center for the Implementation of CoE Language Education programmes and Student Council.

In both cases Head of the CoE Center Anna Azaryan made a welcome speech stressing the importance of EDL as a means of protecting and fostering Europe’s reach cultural and linguistic diversity.
Stickers, key rings, posters and lanyards from the ECML were distributed all over YSULS to make the day even more festal.

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CoE center takes part in the FREPA Network Meetingcarap


On December 18-19, 2013 Anna Azaryan and Mariam Khshvejyan, the representatives of CoE center, participated in the FREPA network meeting within the project "Training and consultancy for member states" organized by the ECML. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the details of the upcoming international workshop which will be held in Armenia and to elaborate an action plan with the experts.

The following information on the upcoming workshop is available at the moment:

Goal of the workshop:
To enhance plurilingual and intercultural education in Armenia both at grassroot level /teacher trainers and classroom teachers/ and policy level/ curriculum design and reforms of educational policies in Armenia/.


Target groups and stakeholders:

  • Policy makers
  • Teacher trainers
  • Curriculum developers
  • School and university teachers of Armenian, Russian, English, French, German
  • Student teachers from the YSLU Chair of Pedagogy and Methodology

 Date and venue: October 2014, YSLU


YSLU celebrates the European Day of Languages!

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On September 26, 2013 YSLU Student Council and Center for the Implementation of CoE Language Education Programmes held a joint celebration of the EDL in the Yerevan State Linguistic University.

The day before EDL stickers, posters, lanyards and pens were distributed to all the subdivisions of the university, which was a nice means to involve each and everybody in the celebration of this annual international event.

IMG_6105YSLU big conference hall hosted all the participants of the festival: administrative and pedagogical staff, students, etc. Throughout the festival the participants were reminded of the role, aims and importance of the day by means of speeches, presentations, songs of various nations introduced by the YSLU talented students.

The event was a success as everyone truly enjoyed this genuine manifestation of plurilingualism and pluriculturalism.

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Later on, YSLU small conference hall hosted the participants of the round table on “FLTL in secondary and alternative schools” organized by the Chair of Pedagogy and Methodology.
IMG_6122The participants were welcomed first by the Head of the Chair of Pedagogy and Methodology, then by the Head of the Center for the Implementation of CoE Language Education Programmes, who talked about the role, aims and importance of the EDL. The rest of the reports were devoted to the current issues in FLTL in different types of schools in Armenia. The round table was concluded with Q&A and the distribution of EDL gifts among the participants: administrative and pedagogical staff, students, teachers from different schools.



"A Framework of References for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures"
International workshop at YSLU

Concluding outcomes 
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The YSLU Center for the Implementation of CoE Language Education Programmes and the European Center for Modern Languages held a joint international workshop “A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures” on September 10-11, Yerevan State Linguistic University, Yerevan, Armenia.
 

The ECML experts Michel Candlier and Anna Schroeder-Sura conducted a series of workshops on the following topics: Awakening to Languages, Language Intercomprehension, Integrated Didactics, Learning to Learn and Intercultural Approach. Marine Kharatyan and Azatuhi Abrahamyan, YSLU lecturers, kindly joint the ECML experts in conducting two workshops in this series. 

The participants of the workshop, over 70 people, were mainly school and university teachers and students, interested in disseminating the pluralistic approaches in their surroundings.

During the final plenary the participants were called upon by the Head of the CoE Center and the ECML experts to think of forming a FREPA network which could be coordinated by the CoE Center and serve as a bridge for future collaboration with the FREPA team.

The workshop was closed by the ceremony of granting certificates of appreciation to the ECML experts and certificates of participation and FREPA books to all the participants of the workshop.

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"A FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR PLURALISTIC APPROACHES TO LANGUAGES AND CULTURES" INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP IN YSLU

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YSLU Centre for the Implementation of Council of Europe Language Education Programmes and the European Centre for Modern Languages /ECML/ will hold a joint international workshop within the project “A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures” (carap.ecml.at), which will take place on September 10-11 at YSLU. The workshop which will be conducted by the CoE experts aims to present new pluralistic approaches implemented by the ECML and to promote intercultural communication and plurilingualism in the RA education system via modern educational methods.


"A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures" in the eyes of CoE member countries

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On November 21-23 2012 ECML organized a workshop on “A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures”/CARAP/FREPA in Graz, Austria, which was a logical continuation of the network meeting on the same project, held in May-June this year. A number of CoE member countries, including Armenia (respresentative: YSLU Centre for the Implementation of Council of Europe Language Education Programmes), took part in the 3-day workshop. The workshop comprised the introduction of the country pages in languages of CoE member states which is posted on the ECML wesite. Some of them are still in a process of elaboration, including the one in Armenian. The availability of the information on CARAP/FREPA in native languages will raise the awareness among those who are interested in pluralingualism and intercultural communication.


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The European Day of Languages + A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures (EDL + CARAP/FREPA)


On September 26, 2012 the YSLU Centre for the Implementation of Council of Europe Language Education Programmes organized a workshop devoted to the European Day of Languages (EDL). Many foreign language teachers from different schools of
Yerevan were invited to take part in the event. The participants of the workshop were introduced the "Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures”, elaborated by ECML. Later on M. Kharatyan (YSLU Chair of English Phonetics and Grammar) conducted the practical part of the workshop with interactive warm-up and ice-breaking activities.

In the end the participants were given certificates of participation, as well as posters, lanyards and other materials, produced by the Council of Europe. 
 

ECMLNetwork meeting in Graz, Austria 
 

 On May 31 – June1, 2012 Ani Shahinyan, representative of the YSLU Centre for the Implementation of Council of Europe Language Education Programmes  took part in a network meeting which was held by ECML in Graz, Austria. The meeting was organized for the National Contact Points of  ECML member states and was dedicated to the CARAP/FREPA project – “A Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures”. The moderators of the project; Mr. Michel Candelier, Ms. Anna Schröder-Sura, Ms. Petra Gilliyard, Ms. Ildikó Lörincz, associate partner Mr. Christopher Allen, as well as ECML executive director Mr. Waldemar Martyniuk welcomed the participants and introduced the CARAP/FREPA project. The two-day network meeting was aimed at the presentation of the project which should be disseminated by the NCPs among all interested parties, particularly teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers, textbook writers, decision-makers with an interest in plurilingual and intercultural education. 



Two-day workshop with CoE experts Joseph Sheils and Jean-Claude Beacco 


On May 9-10, 2011, YSLU was glad to welcome the Council of Europe experts Joseph Sheils and Jean-Claude Beacco who held the two-day workshop “Reference Level Descriptions of National and Regional Languages”. The participants of the workshop were  YSLU staff members, representatives of the National Institute of Education and other stakeholders. During the workshop a number of vital issues such as language policy, multilingualism, the localization of Common European Framework for Reference for Languages in Language Learning, Teaching, Assessment etc were discussed. 

IMG_0915“Learning Through Languages, Promoting Inclusive, Multilingual and Intercultural Education” workshop with ECML Executive Director W. Martyniuk

On March 11-12, 2011, YSLU welcomed the executive director of the European Centre for Modern Languages Waldemar Martyniuk who conducted the “Learning Through Languages; Pomoting Inclusive, Multilingual and Intercultural Education” workshop. YSLU chairholders and staff, as well as a number of representatives from RA other universities took an active part in the event. Mr. W. Martyniuk introduced a number of ECML programmes, some of which had already been carried out and others were waiting to be realised in the near future. He hoped that ECML activity would promote to find solutions to language and education problems and issues within Armenian context.

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Օn September 26, 2011 YSLU Centre for the Implementation of Council of Europe Language Education Programmes, as the EDL National Relay in Armenia, organized a workshop devoted to the European Day of Languages. Since 2001 CoE has declared September 26th as the European Day of Languages which is celebrated all over the world annually. During the workshop reports in different languages within the frames of multilingualism, intercultural communication, foreign language teaching and learning were introduced. Such workshops are frequently held at the YSLU and they tend to expand their frames year by year, involving reports and discussions in even more languages. At the end the workshop participants were granted certificates of participation.


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On September 26, 2011 YSLU held the annual celebration of the European Day of Languages. Thanks to the joint efforts of YSLU Centre for the Implementation of Council of Europe Language Education Programmes and the Student Council a spectaculous celebration was organised: talented students from YSLU represented a number of songs of different cultures and languages. YSLU students, staff and representatives of different mass media were present at the event.


K._HarutyunyanStepping forward towards foreign language teaching issues

On June 8, 2011 Deputy Minister of Education and Science Ms. Karine Harutyunyan held a seminar on “Descriptors of Reference for Languages” at YSLU. During the seminar a number of vital issues, such as foreign language teaching, language reference levels, language policy, as well as the collocation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages within Armenian context, were discussed.  



EDL_image_1The European Day of Languages

On September 27, 2010 YSLU celebrated the European Day of Languages which was declared as an annual event all over the world by the Council of Europe. Every year YSLU celebrates this significant day and organizes a number of events. This year a specific event devoted to French and Russian cultures, as well as the “Teaching of Foreign Languages in Multilingual Conditions” scientific-methodological seminar were held at YSLU. As usual, gifts and posters presented by ECML were given to all the participants of the event.

KhoseYSLU - ECML Joint Workshop

On June 17-19, 2010 YSLU and ECML held a joint international workshop on “Relating Language Examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”. The workshop was devoted to the current assessment reforms in the RA secondary and higher education system. The coordinator of the three-day workshop was Mr. Jose Noijons, an ECML expert and team coordinator to one of the ECML mid-term projects – “Training in relating language examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”. He came to Armenia with the mission of sharing his profound knowledge and experience in the field with his colleagues in Armenia. Over 40 leading specialists from various secondary and higher education institutions of the RA took part in the workshop.
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