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The LACS Project – Language Associations Collaborative Support
In April 2009, Nicole Thibault, on behalf of CASLT, participated in a planning meeting in preparation for a two-day workshop in December 2009. The workshop will bring together representatives of up to 33 European countries to discuss how language associations support their own networks of members through practical interventions (workshops, publications, newsletters, websites, etc.) as well as through opportunities to have an impact on policy reform (both within their own institutions, locally and nationally) towards the development of a vibrant, high quality and inclusive environment in which multilingualism can flourish. The primary focus is on bringing together national multilingual and international monolingual teacher associations who are members of the World Federation of Modern Language Associations (FIPLV).
The workshop, scheduled for December 10-11th 2009, will encourage reflection on language associations and their methods of planning and prioritizing activities and events, how they disseminate information and communicate within their teacher networks, and encourage closer ties between their activities and the support and publications offered by the European Centre of Modern Languages (ECML), enabling larger numbers of teachers in all sectors to benefit from them.
Through such collaboration, it is intended that the language associations will be empowered to support teachers more effectively, who in turn will be empowered by the increased opportunities to develop their competence and confidence.
CASLT will liaise with the Canadian experts involved and will communicate the results of the workshops and publications from each of the six identified projects through our online newsletter updates and in featured articles within Réflexions magazine. CASLT will also identify pertinent topics and web links to share with our members on projects of significance for a Canadian context such as the common framework and portfolio for languages, intercultural awareness and plurilingual education initiatives.