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Watch this webinar to discover more about literacy in classrooms and the benefits of it for both teachers and students.

30 April 2019

Speakers: Christine Garbe, University of Cologne; Nicoleta Vandeputte; Nathalie Verstrynge

Literacy is part of the Council Recommendation on Key Competences Framework for Lifelong Learning. According to the OECD literacy is “the ability to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential”. Thus, literacy is a basic competence for learning in all disciplines and school subjects; it means the ability to read and write all kinds of disciplinary texts in all media (print or electronic), including digital literacy. Robust research evidence highlights the necessity of teaching literacy across all disciplines and all grades at school, not only in the mother tongue classes.

According to OECS's PISA studies, one in five 15 year olds in Europe lack the necessary literacy skills that are required in modern societies. Therefore, it is essential to include systematic literacy instruction in all school subjects at primary and secondary levels.

This webinar gives an overview of the required literacy instruction in schools and classrooms, and how teachers can prepare themselves for introducing these skills in their classrooms.

Teaching literacy across all school subjects

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Portrait of Christine Garbe

Christine Garbe, Prof. Dr., studied German Language and Literature, Social Sciences and Pedagogy in Hannover, accomplished her qualification as grammar school teacher for German, History and Politics and her doctorate in Berlin. From 1980 to 2018 she taught academic courses about reading socialisation and literacy instruction for future teachers at Free University of Berlin, Leuphana University of Lueneburg and University of Cologne. From 2006 to 2018 she coordinated European projects about literacy, struggling readers and teachers´ professional development (ADORE, BaCuLit, ISIT, BleTeach), since 2014 she coordinates the European Literacy Policy Network ELINET (

Reading to children: the next level

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Nicoleta Vandeputte has a Master in Germanic Philology from University A.I. Cuza, Iasi, in Romania, where she worked as a teacher for the International Language Centre and in different pre-schools. In the last 10 years she has been holding different job positions in Kind & Preventie, providing education assistance and pedagogical support to disadvantaged families in Flanders and Brussels.
She contributed with her innovative approach to various national and European projects (Educare, Open the door for reading) on early literacy, early language development, and multilingualism.
She also conceived the DYI interactive exhibition “Voorlezen komt voor lezen”. As coordinator for 14 infant welfare centers, she is currently promoting working groups on early literacy in two Brussels-based family centres.

Nathalie Verstrynge is a Brussels-based librarian with more than 10 years of experience. Introducing (small) people to the pleasure of reading is her main objective for a public library. The (super)diversity of the city of Brussels has oriented her interest in multilingualism, representation and inclusion of diversity in collections and projects. She has a degree in contemporary history, cultural studies and information & library science.