CLIL EVO16: Kristina Cunningham & European Commission 

Monday, February 01 2016 | 8:30 AM (EST)

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Kristina is currently the senior policy officer  in charge of Multilingualism in the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in Brussels. Before this she worked as a translator for the European Commission and as a sales and marketing manager in the private sector, including eight years in Germany. She holds a Masters degree in business administration and modern languages from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Certificate of Political Studies from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, France.

Kristina's current work is focusing on the implementation of the EU objective for the development of language competences in Europe, as agreed by the Heads of State and Government in 2002: that every EU citizen should have the opportunity to learn at least two foreign languages in compulsory education, starting "from a very early age". In collaboration with the Member States, in 2014 she published a comparative analysis of language teaching and learning across Europe, followed by a report on improving the effectiveness of language learning, in particular through CLIL and CALL. In recent years, the "mother tongue+2 objective" has been open to interpretation in recognition of the fact that many young children have a different mother tongue than the main language of instruction. As a consequence, she has been closely involved in the development of strategies for making multicultural and multilingual classrooms more efficient and socially more inclusive. New actions are also envisaged to support teachers in their constantly evolving roles. Multilingualism is supported through EU funding programmes, enabling young people to study and work abroad, but also co-financing innovative projects and good practices aimed at promoting language skills.

The European Commission's web site on language learning policy:

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Language of instruction: English


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