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Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe

Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in EuropeIn an age where learning several languages is a necessity for many people and offers endless opportunities to all, there have been a number of reforms in recent years with regards to foreign language learning.

This new Eurydice Brief on Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2017  builds on a comprehensive report on teaching languages at school in Europe and includes information on research works and EU policy documents. It presents a state of play of the existing policies on key aspects of foreign language teaching and concludes with further routes which could be explored to encourage language teaching at primary and secondary level in the future.

This Brief is structured around five key EU and national language policy themes:

  • the importance of learning two foreign languages from a very early age;
  • the range of foreign languages learnt by students;
  • the foreign language teaching itself with a particular focus on teachers and their visits abroad for professional purposes,
  • and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) as a teaching approach;
  • the expected levels of attainment in foreign languages; language support measures to facilitate the integration of newly arrived migrant students.
Eurydice Brief Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe

EUNET to speak at the EESC public hearing on Financing of civil society organisations by the EU

Financing of civil society organisations by the EUEUNET is invited to speak on the topic “Recommendations for the future Multiannual Financial Framework concerning civil society” at the public hearing of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on September 6th 2017.

The public hearing on Financing of Civil society organisations by the EU is a key element of the process of preparing the EESC’s own initiative opinion on this subject.

The role of civil society organisations in the current difficult context that the EU is facing is particularly important, and cannot be achieved without adequate support. A review of the state of the art as regards NGO funding in the different EU policies is very relevant now, also in view of setting future priorities.

The objective of the hearing is to present working solutions and to produce recommendations for the revision of funding rules and the future Multiannual Financial Framework after 2020 that would enable better civil dialogue and easier and more transparent access to resources.

Draft Agenda

Teaching Europe to enhance EU cohesion

Teaching Europe to enhance EU cohesionAs part of EUROCLIO’s project Teaching “Europe” to enhance EU cohesion, the project members have been contributing to a comparative research report that encompasses analysis of two history textbooks of each of the 28 EU member states, and specifically looks into fundamental commonalities and differences in European teaching about the European Union at the final years of compulsory education.

The condensed research presented in this research report and its preliminary conclusions aim to contribute to raising awareness on the importance of history education for young people and societies of the European Union as a whole, hence laying the foundation for establishing a roadmap for the institutional action to be taken in this field.

Report: Teaching Europe to enhance EU cohesion

Apply for the 2017 EESC Civil Society Prize

EESC Civil Society Prize 2017The EESC has launched its 2017 Civil Society Prize. This year, the EESC will reward innovative projects to promote quality employment and entrepreneurship for the future of work undertaken by civil society, focusing on young people, migrants and other people who have difficulty accessing the labour market.

A total of EUR 50.000 will be awarded to a maximum of five winners. The deadline for applications is 8 September 2017 while the award ceremony will take place on 7 December 2017 in Brussels.

The prize will be granted to initiatives already implemented or still ongoing which favour non-discrimination as regards labour market integration. Initiatives must target newcomers such as young people, people with a migrant background or requiring specific support such as the long-term unemployed, women detached from the labour market, people with disabilities or living in poverty.

The Civil Society Prize, now in its ninth year, was launched by the EESC to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting the common values that shore up European cohesion and integration.

More information and application form

Legislativity – Das Spiel zur EU-Gesetzgebung

LegislativityBrüssel ist der Ort, an dem die wichtigsten Entscheidungen der Europäischen Union (EU) getroffen werden. Hier werden Gesetze gemacht, die für alle Mitgliedstaaten verbindlich gelten.
Brüssel ist daher nicht nur bekannt für Pommes frites, Comics oder das Atomium: Es ist das Machtzentrum Europas.

Im Spiel „LEGISLATIVITY“ wetteifern unterschiedliche Vorstellungen und Interessen darum, EU-Gesetz zu werden und die dafür notwendigen Mehrheiten in Kommission, Ministerrat und Europäischem Parlament zu erhalten.
Auf dem langen Weg zur Gesetzesreife lauern Unwägbarkeiten aller Art für das Gesetz: Lobbyisten und Lobbyistinnen nehmen Einfluss, Mehrheiten können sich ändern, Zufälle und plötzliche Ereignisse entfalten ihre Wirkungen.

„LEGISLATIVITY“ ist ein Würfel- und Strategiespiel für

  • 2 bis 8 Spieler ab 14 Jahren,
  • zuhause mit Freunden, in der Familie oder den (außer)schulischen Unterricht,
  • Schulklassen oder noch größere Gruppen (zum Parallelspielen an mehreren Spielbrettern),
  • Spielefreaks (mit „Profi“-Variante),
  • für Personen mit oder ohne Vorkenntnisse

Die Spieldauer kann selbst bestimmt werden (empfohlen: 45 – 60 Minuten)

Das Spiel wurde vom Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg in der Seminarpraxis intensiv getestet. Die Realisierung wurde mit finanzieller Unterstützung durch den Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg sowie das Ministerium der Justiz und für Europa ermöglicht.

Weitere Informationen und Bestellung hier: www.europa-zentrum.de/legislativity