March 31, 2022
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This is a very special episode of Teacher Talking Time, in partnership with the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. This episode was created as part of an MA course "The CEFR in Context: Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Research" by Prof. Dr. Marije Michel and Dr. Audrey Rousse-Malpat. We at Learn YOUR English are thrilled to be a part of it coming to life.
This episode of Moments Mediating Matters explores the influence of plurilingualism on the Dutch educational system, examines how the concept of mediation is presented in the Companion Volume, and further discusses how mediation can accompany not only teachers but also learners in their learning process. To do so, three guests with different levels of expertise were invited to converse on the influence of the CEFR, and more specifically, the concept of mediation in an increasingly plurilingual society.
Episode created with thanks to Tessa Jutstra.
Amarins Jager, Michelle Leegsma, and Laura Polman are currently doing the Educational Master track for English at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Guests on this episode:
Prof. Piet van Avermaet is the head of the Centre for Diversity and Learning at the Linguistics department of Ghent University. His field of expertise is multilingualism and more specifically, how multilingualism can be applied in the classroom and how it can be a cause of social inequality in terms of inclusion and language assessment.
Dr. Brian North is one of the co-authors of the CEFR and the Companion Volume. He is an expert in the field of foreign language learning, applied linguistics and intercultural communication, and coordinated the 1991 Symposium that recommended the CEFR. North has been involved with the work of the Council of Europe for a long time and developed the levels and descriptors of the CEFR.
Prof. Enrica Piccardo is also co-author of the Companion Volume of the CEFR. She is a professor at the University of Toronto in the Languages and Literacies Education Program and Head of the Centre for Education Research in Languages and Literacies. Her work focuses on the acquisition and teaching of foreign languages, the structuring of curricula, and the role of multi/plurilingualism in education and she has been cooperating with the Council of Europe on the project of developing the Companion Volume
Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.
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