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Multilingualism policy in the framework of Rethinking Education

The European Commission's Staff Working Document on language competences for employability, mobility and growth

luca tomasi

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of Multilingualism policy in the framework of Rethinking Education

Growth Mismatch between supply and demand
of language competences Disappointing
outcome Huge
differences English the
lingua franca
of XXI century? Make teaching and learning foreign languages more effective Quantity Quality Focus Guidance Monitoring Smart funding European benchmark on language competences Mark Pagel http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pagel_how_language_transformed_humanity.html Starting age
Number of languages Number of languages
Number of hours
Number of years
Exposure outside school Innovative methods
Teacher training Job-oriented language education Cooperation with employers, enterprises, chambers of commerce Families are already investing heavily in language learning An equity issue ... By 2020, at least 50% of 15-year old pupils should attain the level of 'independent user' of a first foreign language By 2020, at least 75% of pupils in lower secondary education should study at least two foreign languages (up from 61%) Jay Walker http://www.ted.com/talks/jay_walker_on_the_world_s_english_mania.html Monolinguals Youth unemployment
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