New Council of Europe publication on schooling language
The Council of Europe has just released a book on “The importance of competences in the languages of schooling for equity and quality in education and for educational success”. This recommendation concerns the mastery of the language of schooling in the various subjects taught and its importance for learners’ success. Many factors have well-documented roles to play in a learner’s educational success or failure (the family’s socio-economic situation, help available to learners from their parents, educational activities, level of teacher training, early support, etc.). Inadequate command of a wide range of linguistic forms partly determines educational failure, as confirmed by the programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).