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EOL-Matrix: parameters which leads to learning environments where modern languages flourish

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The matrix gives an overview over different fields and areas which might support schools developing learning environments where modern languages flourish. By matching 4 “environmental levels” with 5 dimensions of language learning, the matrix should help schools identifying new opportunities for and through languages.  The goal is modelling your school towards a language friendly learning environment. The matrix is a dynamic tool and will be tested and improved all the way through the 4 years of the EOL project. The matrix will be connected to a glossary and different tools and resources.

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Developing learning environments where modern languages flourish should support the learning of modern languages by combining pluralistic approaches :

  • Intercomprehension between related languages: Intercomprehension contributes to reflect on linguistic and proximity between languages. It fosters awareness on language repertoires and communication strategies. Learning how to use the seven sieves for example leads quickly to metalinguistic and cross linguistic skills and to the capacity of using several language in the same situation.
  • Awakening to languages: Language awakening and awareness generates Interest on language learning and language diversity. It helps learners to go over some bias and to reject language scaling.  The aim is to develop a positive attitude towards language learning and language diversity.


  • Intercultural approach: Experiencing intercultural encounters and collaborating with partners, who speak others languages, implies appropriate attitudes which might ease communication problems based to linguistic or cultural misunderstanding. These mediation skills foster reflexive approaches towards other and own language and culture.
  • Integrated didactic approach to different languages studied learning: Integrated language learning is about how general subjects can be integrated in language use and how every learning space can be part of language learning. It contributes to develop a global didactic, common to all languages.