Developing the Language Awareness / Eveil aux Langues Approach in the Nordic and Baltic countries



    The Nordic and Baltic countries have long modelled various kinds of plurilingualism and the language awareness that comes with learning and speaking a language in this relative field. Yet there is currently a call for the reassessment of the position of language diversity in these countries: in fact some languages are privileged over others, and hierarchies introduced that include some languages while excluding others.
    This three year project aims to take up the questions of language diversity as they apply to the Nordic and Baltic countries in the context of the Language Awareness/Eveil aux Langues approach being developed in European and international education more widely.
    This innovative approach integrates in the teaching/learning activities all sorts of linguistic varieties: e.g. the language(s) of education, foreign languages, regional languages, minority languages and migrant languages. The approach has been designed 1) to support language acquisition in general, 2) to recognize the diversity of languages, among them the languages already spoken by students and 3) to provide a framework for the development of metalinguistic competences amongst students by exposing them to the theory and practice of different languages.
    The Nordic/Baltic countries have not been represented in the major European and international projects focussing on the Language Awareness/Eveil aux Langues approach within the last years. They have f.i. not been represented in the EVLANG project, the Comenius II JaLing project and they have today no representives on the EDiLiC international committee. This committee has, among others, members from Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ivory Coast, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Portugal, Russian Federation and Switzerland.
    The project activities involve 21 partners from seven participating Nordic/Baltic countries (Denmark, Estland, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden) and establishes partnerships between institutions in higher education (universities) and schools (primary and secondary schools) in these countries and between them.
    Gällande start-/slutdatum01/09/201302/08/2015