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Maledive - Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity

Maledive - Teaching the language of schooling in the context of diversity

The project focuses on teacher education for the majority language or language of schooling (e.g. French in France, Polish in Poland). It aims to provide access to plurilingual approaches so that teachers can address and build on linguistic and cultural diversity in classrooms. 

They created a review with bibliography of practice in teacher education for teachers of the language of schooling; models with sample teaching materials to illustrate good practice, with guidelines for teacher educators.

Teacher training institutions can use the guidelines in pre-service training to promote an intercultural and plurilingual approach by teachers teaching the language of the school as a subject.  

Year(s): 2012-2015

Target group(s): adult educators, teachers, teacher educators, decision-makers: curriculum developers

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The study materials and pilot projects developed as part of the Maledive project aim to harness linguistic diversity for the benefit of all learners and to promote teacher collaboration across school subjects in order to develop a whole-school approach to plurilingual teaching practices.

In order to create and develop a own plurilingual practice, the study materials aim to help to:

  • learn more about the students: their language and learning skills and prior knowledge and experiences
  • reflect on the teachers self as a plurilingual agent: the attitudes, knowledge and skills
  • analyse the current learning environment in the region: commonly adopted practices, tasks and materials
  • explore and compare the features of a plurilingual learning environment and collaborate with other school subjects to develop a pedagogical culture at the whole-school level  

Type of product

Online resource Video clips / Films

Brief description of the outcomes

To download the flyer of the project click here: Flyer Maledive


Study materials for pre- and in-service teacher education

The study materials for pre- and in-service teacher education are divided into three thematic fields:

In each thematic module, the study materials are outlined as follows:

  • What will you learn in this section lists the focus points of the section
  • Reflect on the key ideas provides you with essential background information (in some instances this is integrated into the Activities)
  • Activities supports you in developing your language of schooling teaching practice

Here you can find the link to the study material: Study Material


Learner profiles

They also created learner profiles which are helping teachers to prepare for heterogeneity in the classroom

 Here you can find the link to the learners profile: Learners Profile 

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Benefits for target groups involved in the project

Teachers educators: Concrete modules, materials and activities based on the plurilingual and inclusive pedagogical approach to be adapted in their work.

Teachers: Concrete examples of inclusive, differentiated practice and managing language diversity in the classroom. Advice for developing shared activities with teachers of different language subjects. 


Benefits for the ultimate beneficiary of the project – the learner

The learners can develop a confidence enabling them to expand their linguistic repertoire throughout their lives in order to be able to adapt to any situation which might arise.

 Learners perceive their language repertoire as a unified entity and are able to apply skills mastered in one language to another, and thus make optimal use of all the languages in their repertoire.  

Promoter of the initiative: European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe

Country: Austria

Languages available: English Finnish French German

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