The Council of Europe’s Language Education Policy Profile

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This article begins by summarizing the history of the Council of Europe’s language education policy and goes on to explain the process by which its Language Policy Unit develops Language Education Policy Profiles for member states and for regions and cities in member states. It then draws on the author’s involvement in the Language Education Policy Profiles undertaken for Austria and the city of Sheffield to illustrate the contribution that the process can make to the exploitation and management of diversity in language education policy and practice. It concludes by briefly considering some of the limitations of the Language Education Policy Profile, the aspirations of the Council of Europe’s Languages in/for Education project, and the challenge of converting the ideal of plurilingual and intercultural education into lived reality.


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