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New course: ‘Embracing Language Diversity in Your Classroom’

New Teacher Academy online course helps teachers benefit from multilingualism in the classroom and in international projects

The new Teacher Academy course ‘Embracing Language Diversity in Your Classroom’ helps teachers of all levels and subjects to embrace linguistic diversity and use the talents present in the classroom and in international projects. The course provides tools and resources that can easily be integrated into lessons, introduces innovative pedagogical approaches, and sheds light on different European initiatives that support your students’ language learning.

This free online course will start 24 September on the School Education Gateway. Register now!

Later this year, two other online courses will start on the Teacher Academy: the second edition of ‘Erasmus+ funding opportunities for schools’ and ‘Open eTwinning’. Keep an eye on the Erasmus+ Facebook page for further announcements of these courses.

Webinars this month: entrepreneurial learning and language diversity

This month the School Education Gateway will host ‘Entrepreneurial Learning in a Digital Age’ and ‘Get inspired by language diversity!’

In the modern world, transversal skills include both entrepreneurial and digital competences, which overlap and complement each other (think for example digital content creation and creativity). Sandra Troia, founder of, will explore these links and share how to co-work these two competences. The webinar entitled ‘Entrepreneurial Learning in a Digital Age’ takes place on Thursday 20 September 2018, at 12h30 CEST.

This month’s second webinar is titled ‘Get inspired by language diversity!’ and will take place on the European Day of Languages, Wednesday 26 September 2018, 17:00 CEST. In this webinar Sarah Breslin, Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages, will explain the benefits of language diversity in classrooms and international projects. Gro Caspersen, language teacher in Denmark and initiator of the Wise Words campaign, will then introduce her campaign and explain how languages can be used to develop knowledge.

To join either or both of the webinars, register via this form.

Polls: arts for learning (results) and new poll on career guidance

Share your views on ‘career guidance’ through our latest poll and explore the results of the poll on arts for learning

In the 21st century, due to continuous societal, economic and technological changes, ‘a job for life’ is the exception rather than the rule. It follows that career guidance needs to adapt to these changing conditions, especially because research shows that young people who have a career plan are more likely to remain in school and engage more positively in education. But what is the state of career support today, and how do we ensure guidance is fit for purpose? Share your opinion in any of our 23 languages.

Results from the poll on the role of arts education in schools indicate that arts education is not always a priority. Also, arts education often follows a traditional framework, with a focus on disciplines such as music, painting and theatre, and with few departments other than languages and history incorporating arts in their lessons. Most respondents agree, however, that pupils can develop in many areas through the use and integration of arts projects, in particular in general creativity and critical thinking skills.

Brief guide to GDPR for schools and teachers

New EU legislation forces schools to re-think their privacy policies and practices. This will put you in a better position to safeguard your students’ data

Data protection is essential: it means privacy and respect, and freedom from manipulation. Nonetheless, some anxiety has followed the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into force in May this year. Do schools need to adjust their record-keeping? Which information is considered sensitive? Can you still carry school data on a portable device?

The School Education Gateway published a short guide to explain the difference between personal and sensitive data and between data controllers and data processors. The article, which is available in 23 languages, also introduces four good practices for monitoring the data you are processing, and lists publications for further reading. Read here what steps to take to better safeguard your students’ data.

Monthly focus


A mind needs mobility like a room needs ventilation: ideas and beliefs can grow stale without fresh stimuli. That’s why the European Commission supports mobility, for example via the Move2Learn, Learn2Move initiative allowing selected eTwinning students to visit their peers, and different Erasmus+ projects breathing new life into learning mobility. And while mobility is good for educators and students alike, worldwide migration of all sorts presents a new challenge for teachers. In his expert article William Gaudelli identifies three important steps for teachers to take account of mobility in the classroom.


Long before we learn about numeric constants, genes or the periodic table, we interpret the world through art – drawing images, telling stories, playing make-believe. At later ages, however, students’ cultural engagement can be more difficult. Sirikit Amann and Ulrike Gießner-Bogner, responsible for cultural education at KulturKontakt Austria, explain how Austrian cultural education is set up to encourage pupils’ participation in artistic and cultural processes. On a more practical level, these projects show that a little creativity goes a long way, and that new technologies can support creative development.


‘Learning to learn’ is one of the EU’s Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. But how do you learn to learn? Michel Grangeat from the University of Grenoble Alpes looks at metacognition, understanding how to understand: how it works, why it's important, and how you can establish a great classroom environment for metacognition. But apart from a fertile classroom, a good project can help students develop their learning practices, and these projects focusing on meta-learning do just that.

The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 32 European Ministries of Education. The School Education Gateway is linked to eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe.
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