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Final expert meeting, 20-21 June 2011

At its final meeting the project team

  • reviewed the dissemination workshop held on 19 and 20 May 2011 and agreed on an editorial process for the extended report compiled by the coordinator;
  • agreed final changes to the text of the guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects;
  • discussed how the final versions of the ELP-WSU case study reports should be formatted for publication on the project website;
  • discussed more generally what materials should be included on the ECML’s new ELP platform;
  • drafted the project flyer in English and French;
  • discussed and completed the project evaluation questionnaire.

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Final expert meeting, 20-21 June 2011

At its final meeting the project team

  • reviewed the dissemination workshop held on 19 and 20 May 2011 and agreed on an editorial process for the extended report compiled by the coordinator;
  • agreed final changes to the text of the guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects;
  • discussed how the final versions of the ELP-WSU case study reports should be formatted for publication on the project website;
  • discussed more generally what materials should be included on the ECML’s new ELP platform;
  • drafted the project flyer in English and French;
  • discussed and completed the project evaluation questionnaire.

Workshop, 19-20 May 2011

The ELP-WSU dissemination workshop was held on 19 and 20 May 2011 at the ECML. It was attended by the project team (David Little, Francis Goullier, Rosanna Margonis-Pasinetti and Rosi Öhler) and 37 participants from 29 countries. The workshop had the following aims:

  • To introduce ELP-WSU, its working methods and results.
  • To exchange information about ELP implementation in the countries represented at the workshop.
  • To present the ten sub-projects of ELP-WSU, carried out in Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation.
  • To consider the implications of ELP-WSU and the dissemination workshop for future ELP implementation in the participating countries.

Alternating between plenary input sessions, group work and feedback, the workshop achieved all these aims. Participants’ evaluation of the event was strongly positive.

Information for workshop participants - please click here

Workshop, 19-20 May 2011

The ELP-WSU dissemination workshop was held on 19 and 20 May 2011 at the ECML. It was attended by the project team (David Little, Francis Goullier, Rosanna Margonis-Pasinetti and Rosi Öhler) and 37 participants from 29 countries. The workshop had the following aims:

  • To introduce ELP-WSU, its working methods and results.
  • To exchange information about ELP implementation in the countries represented at the workshop.
  • To present the ten sub-projects of ELP-WSU, carried out in Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation.
  • To consider the implications of ELP-WSU and the dissemination workshop for future ELP implementation in the participating countries.

Alternating between plenary input sessions, group work and feedback, the workshop achieved all these aims. Participants’ evaluation of the event was strongly positive.

Information for workshop participants - please click here

Project developments 2010

By the end of 2010 the project had achieved its two principal objectives: (i) case study reports from ten countries had been uploaded to the project website and (ii) the guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects had been drafted and revised in the light of detailed discussion by the project team. The guide draws on the final case study reports and takes account of the discussions held at the project network meeting in April 2010.

Expert meeting, 6-7 December 2010

At its third meeting the ELP-WSU project team
  • reviewed the progress of the project overall;
  • discussed the draft guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects and agreed on a number of revisions;
  • decided that the ten final ELP-WSU project reports should be published on the ELP-WSU website in html format;
  • discussed the aims and working methods of the dissemination workshop due to be held on 19 and 20 May 2011 and drew up a draft programme;
  • determined a schedule for the work to be done before the dissemination workshop;
  • confirmed that the fourth ELP-WSU expert meeting will be held on 20 and 21 June 2011.

Network meeting, 27-28 April 2010

The ELP-WSU network meeting was held on 26 and 27 April 2010 at the ECML. In the absence of the coordinator, Marnie Beaudoin (Edmonton Public School Board; associate project member) joined the project team. Twelve participants representing eleven countries attended the meeting, having previously submitted reports on their case studies.

The meeting had three aims:

1. To review the case studies in progress and decide on the length and format of the final versions (due for submission by 31 July 2010)

2. To review the outline of the guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects and consider possible modifications and additions.

3. To draw up a participant profile for the dissemination workshop due to be held in 2011.

The first two objectives were achieved. The third turned out to be less relevant for this meeting and will be addressed by the project team at its meeting on 16 and 17 September 2010. The same meeting will also review the final versions of the case studies and the draft guide to the planning, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects.

SUMMARY OF ELP-WSU ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2009

 As agreed at the project seminar in November, a reporting template for case studies and a template for expressions of interest in contributing to the guide to planning, implementing and evaluating whole-school ELP projects were uploaded to the project website early in 2009.

The first submission date (30 April 2009) brought 13 preliminary reports on case studies, from Nida Burneikaite (Lithuania), Zsuzsa Darabos (Hungary), Iakovos Demetriades (Sweden), Katerina Dvoráková (Czech Republic), Pamela Hanus (Germany), Evagélia Kaga (Greece), Erasmo Navarrete (Spain), Anita Nyberg (Norway), Rosi Oehler (Austria), Wolfgang Pojer (Austria), Elida Réçi (Albania), Elísabet Valtýsdóttir (Iceland) and Tatiana Yudina (Russian Federation), and three expressions of interest in contributing to the guide, from Erasmo Navarrete (Spain), Laurent Perrot (France) and Tatiana Yudina (Russian Federation).

At its meeting in November 2009 the project team 

  •  reviewed these postings;
  • decided that the project will produce two printed publications, a flyer/brochure and the guide to designing, implementing and evaluating whole-school ELP projects, and that the case studies will be published electronically on the project website;
  • agreed a detailed schedule for work in 2010, including the project network meeting (6–7 May) and the third meeting of the project team (16–17 September).

Two working sessions were devoted to the project’s glossary, which will be expanded substantially by the end of 2009.

ELP-WSU SECOND EXPERT MEETING, 19–20 NOVEMBER 2009

At its second meeting the ELP-WSU project team reviewed the progress of the project to date and took the following decisions:

  • The project will produce two printed publications, a flyer/brochure and a guide (25–30 pages) to designing, implementing and evaluating whole-school ELP projects. The final version of the guide will draw on the case studies, which will be published in English and French on the project website.
  • All participants in the November 2008 workshop who have already uploaded material to the project website and who submit either a contribution to the guide or an updated case study report will be invited to attend the project’s network meeting, to be held at the ECML on 6–7 May 2010.
  • A first draft of the guide will be written in English by 28 February 2010 and translated into French by 31 March 2010 so that it can be circulated in both language versions to participants in the network meeting. Abstracts/summaries of the case study reports will be translated into English or French as appropriate and circulated in advance of the network meeting.
  • The network meeting will (i) review the case studies in progress and decide on the length and format of final submissions (due not later than 31 July 2010), (ii) review the draft guide and make suggestions for revision, and (iii) discuss the participant profile for the project’s dissemination workshop, due to be held in 2011.
  • The 2010 project team meeting will be held on 16 and 17 September. It will have two aims, to review the final versions of the case studies and guide and to prepare the dissemination workshop.

Participants’ contributions to the workshop follow-up

As a follow-up to the workshop 2008, participants are now requested to contribute to the collection of case studies and to the drafting of a guide to planning, implementing and evaluating whole-school ELP projects. For details please see the section “Workshop follow-up”.

By the end of 2008 ELP-WSU had achieved all the targets it set itself for the first of its four years. The project team met in May to prepare the project workshop, which took place in October and was attended by 29 participants from 27 countries. By the end of the workshop the project team had elicited a great deal of very helpful information from the participants. This will be used to inform the design of the project reporting template and the table of contents for the project's guide to the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects.

 

elp wsu groupELP-WSU  Workshop 29 - 31 October 2008

The project workshop was held at ECML on 29, 30 and 31 October 2008. It was attended by the project team (including Canadian associate member Marnie Beaudoin) and 29 participants from 27 countries. 

The workshop had the following aims:
1. To identify whole-school ELP projects that workshop participants are already involved in.
2. To plan new whole-school projects.
3. To consider how best to study the impact of such projects on schools, teachers and learners (case studies) and identify the conditions that favour successful implementation.
4. To discuss the possible structure and content of a guide to the design, implementation, management and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects.
5. To agree a timeframe and deadline for reporting on projects.
6. To consider how best to use the project website. 

The workshop achieved all these aims. In particular the participants contributed much valuable information to the design of (i) the reporting template for whole-school ELP projects and (ii) the guide. Workshop participants will confirm their continued involvement in the project by reporting on their own projects at three-monthly intervals and/or contributing to the development of the guide.    

 

ELP-WSU Team Picture

ELP-WSU first expert meeting, 8 - 9 May 2008 

The project team met for the first time on 8 and 9 May 2008. The purpose of our meeting was to arrive at a common understanding of the project (scope, goals, processes, results), and on the basis of that understanding to plan the project workshop, to be held on 29, 30 and 31 October 2008.

We spent the first part of our meeting clarifying the term "whole-school use": a deceptively simple phrase in English, but one that is by no means easy to translate into other languages. By it we mean the use of the ELP to support all language learning in a particular institution.

Participants in the workshop will be language teachers who are already closely familiar with the ELP and either involved in an existing whole-school ELP project or in a position to design and implement a new whole-school project as part of ELP-WSU.

The project will produce a set of case and impact studies and a guide to the development, implementation and evaluation of whole-school ELP projects. Accordingly, the workshop will have two main focuses: (i) exchanging information about and planning whole-school ELP projects and (ii) identifying factors that should be taken into account when designing, managing and evaluating such projects.

Canada has observer status at the Council of Europe, and the ECML allows Canadian language education experts to become associate members of its project teams. At the end of our meeting we agreed to invite Marnie Beaudoin of Edmonton Public Schools to join us in that capacity. Marnie is one of Canada’s ELP pioneers and will shortly be supporting a whole-school project in Edmonton.

 

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