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Canada’s participation in the ECML
Canada has had permanent observer status at the Council of Europe since 1996. As well, for more than thirty years, Canada and its educational institutions have closely followed the Council of Europe’s work relating to modern languages. Canadian researchers, educators and experts have regularly participated in a variety of the Council of Europe’s projects and activities to do with language teaching and learning. In return, European researchers have been invited on many occasions to participate in conferences, symposiums and workshops on Canadian soil.
With the creation of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), Canada has considerably augmented its collaborative activities with Europe in the language field. Furthermore, it was in this context that, on January 22, 2008, the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and the University of Ottawa, through the Institute of Official Languages and Bilingualism (IOLB), signed a cooperation and liaison protocol with the following objectives:
- to ensure closer contact between the ECML and Canadian language experts, with the long term goal of creating conditions favourable to the full membership of Canada in the ECML
- to make the ILOB a partner of the ECML in Canada with the dual role of distributing the work of the ECML in Canada as a “point of contact” for the ECML and of to propose Canadian experts wishing to participate in ECML projects
Spin-offs for the ECML and Canada
The participation of Canadians in ECML projects contributes to a sharing of experience and best practices between Canadian and European researchers and practitioners and encourages future collaborations on joint research projects. Canadian participation also allows Canadian experts to share their expertise and knowledge in language teaching and learning in the areas dealt with in the selected projects.
Canadian experts profit from European methods, strategies and best practices in language teaching and research in a multilingual and multicultural environment. The products developed within the framework of these projects could, in most cases, be used in a Canadian context.
Furthermore, the participation of Canadian experts has a multiplier effect. The Canadian participants are called to share the results of their projects with their Canadian colleagues at a symposium or conference or by means of an article in a Canadian journal on language education, which helps to make the projects and research activities of the ECML known in Canada.