Transversal competences

Transversal competence is information in context

Language skills and language learning skills in the light of broad knowledge

Linguistic and cultural competence is linked to extensive competence, which you develop in all high school courses. After all, your high school studies are not individual fragments or information grains, but they form a broader whole of general education, with the power of which you will face the future. In simple terms, broad-based competence means shading such a wider whole and – most importantly – introducing it.

In order to be concretely achievable, wide-ranging competence is divided into six different areas. The areas are 1) wellbeing expertise, 2) interaction skills, 3) multidisciplinary and creative competence, 4) social competence, 5) ethics and environmental competence, and 6) global and cultural expertise. While it’s easy to imagine language learning as helping you only develop your interaction skills, global and cultural skills, language skills and language learning are in fact essential for all six areas.

Check out the examples behind the links below to consider language skills and language learning in the light of broad-based competences. The tasks are divided into areas of broad knowledge to understand their connection to your language skills and language learning skills.


Language skills are democracy skills

In October 2020, we carried out a social media campaign together with the Language Training Policy Network, or Language Network.

In the campaign, we highlighted the importance of language skills as a democracy skill. How does language skills help you to participate and influence your everyday life?

The campaign is a window into interaction skills and societal competence from the point of view of language skills.