news-announcements

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It is our great pleasure to announce that the ECSPM has organised the BEYOND LANGUAGE BARRIERS Symposium, to be held in Athens, on the December 1st 2017. Our General Assembly and project development meeting will follow. (November 4 2017)
Please download the Symposium Programme

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All you who are into language technologies, computational linguistics, language education and the digital media please participate in the Language Technology for Multilingual Europe Survey. It invites all members of the European Language Technology Research and Innovation community as well as related areas for their input on several questions that have to do with the possibility of establishing a large-scale research and innovation programme in the near future. (June 5, 2017)

One more way to endorse the open letter to the European Research Council, requesting that their current distribution of panels be modified to include within the current panels a section fully devoted to “Language/Discourse, culture and society“ that encompasses the social, cultural, educational, economic and political aspects of language. Please go, if you will, to www.openlettererc.eu

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From the website of Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council) (May 18, 2017)

Multilingualism – Research Overview

The research overview covers the most central parts of Swedish multilingualism research, in light of the international knowledge situation. Here is research on the educational system’s way of meeting the large group of pupils in secondary school that have a different background from those that are all-Swedish (wholeSwedish) (part III).
In the same way, research on society’s education measures for adult immigrants and adult immigrant language learning in the classroom and outside it (Part IV) is considered (taken into account). As a background to these two parts, research on second language learning is presented, with special focus on Swedish as a second language, and research on first language acquisition in a minority situation, focusing on the mother tongue of multilingual children (part II). Research on the social frameworks for how multilingualism is handled in laws and regulations, and why practice often differs from what was intended is discussed in Part 1. The work was conducted by eight researchers led by Kenneth Hyltenstam, Monica Axelsson and Inger Lindberg. The research overview has been reviewed by peer review.

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RESEARCH GRANTS BY THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC) (April 9, 2017)

We would like to bring to the attention of all those interested in encouraging multilingualism research that issues having to do with language and discourse in society, language and culture, as well as language, the public space, education and/or politics are excluded from the ERC Humanities panels. A letter to the ERC, which has been drafted and signed by 60 distinguished academics, is an appeal to change this situation. Those of you who want to support this initiative are kindly requested to endorse the letter, which you can read HERE.
Write to us (multilingualism[at]ecspm.org), stating your name, title and affiliation, and merely say “I endorse the open letter to the ERC, requesting a reconsideration of the fields of linguistics and discourse studies in ERC panels”. The names of the signatories and all those endorsing the letter will be presented to the ERC committee meeting in Brussels the second week of May.

HERE you can read the letter to the European Research Council

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SCHOOL-EDUCATION-GATEWAY (April 5, 2017)

Visit the online platform for school education: http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/index.htm
The DG EAC of the European Commission has developed an online platform for all stakeholders in school education, where one can find content by themes such as:
• Basic Skills
• Citizenship
• Early Childhood Education and Care
• Language Learning
• Inclusive education and tackling early school leaving
• Teachers and School Leaders
• Cultural awareness and expression
• Personal development and well-being
• Entrepreneurship education

Teachers might be particularly interested in online and on site courses for professional development at the TEACHER ACADEMY: “http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy.htm”>http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy.htm

Teacher trainers, teachers and parents who might be interested in expert views and surveys on school education, visit http://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/viewpoints.htm for poll results on:
• Poll on multilingual classrooms
• Poll on social and civic competences
• Poll on early childhood education and care
• Poll on social and civic competences
• Poll on Cultural Awareness and Expression
• Poll on critical thinking and media
Also, be sure to attend the online II Virtual Conference on Media Education and Digital Competence (01.05.2017-31.05.2017). For more information, visit:
https://formacion.funge.uva.es/cursos/ii-congreso-educacion-mediatica-virtual/

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CONSULTATION TO REVIEW KEY COMPETENCES FOR LIFELONG LEARNING (March 10, 2017)

The European Commission launches consultation to review the 2006 Key Competences for Lifelong Learning and invites all citizens and organizations to take part. Contributions are particularly welcome from:
• Educational authorities and policy makers
• Policy networks and organisations
• Education and training providers
• Practitioners in education, training and youth work
• Social partners, employment services, career guidance services, businesses
• Researchers and academics in education and training

For more info: https://ec.europa.eu/education/consultations/lifelong-learning-key-competences-2017_en?pk_campaign=Chapeau&pk_kwd=KeyComp
You can also find the ON-LINE QUESTIONNAIRE for the ‘Key Competences’ framework here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/KeyCompetencesReview2017

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KEY COMPETENCES FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING (January 23 2017)

The European Commission works with EU countries to strengthen ‘key competences’, i.e., the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which may help learners find personal fulfilment and, later in life, find work and take part in society. These key competences include ‘traditional’ skills such as communication in one’s mother tongue and additional languages, digital skills, literacy, and basic skills in maths and science, as well as horizontal skills such as learning to learn, social and civic responsibility, initiative and entrepreneurship, intercultural awareness, and creativity. For additional information visit: https://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/school/competences_en?pk_campaign=Chapeau&pk_kwd=KeyComp

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NEW SKILLS AGENDA FOR EUROPE (December 20, 2016)

The European Commission has launched a new “Skills Agenda for Europe” and with it the actions to ensure that the right training and the right support for skills development are available to EU citizens and other people living, working and studying in Member States, in which the Commission has invited stakeholders work together to:
• improve the quality and relevance of skills formation
• make skills more visible and comparable
• improve skills intelligence and information for better career choices

The actions announced on 10 June 2016, to be taken forward over the next two years are the following:
1) A Skills Guarantee – renamed ‘Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults’
2) A review of the European Qualifications Framework and the related annexes
3) The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
4) The Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills
5) A revision of the Europass Framework
6) A Skills Profile Tool Kit for Third Country Nationals (to support early identification and profiling of skills and qualifications of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants).
7) Making Vocational Education and Training (VET) a first choice
8) A review of the recommendation on key competences for life-long learning.

More information: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1223

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ECSPM STATUTES (April 17, 2016)

As of late 2015, the European Commission has decided not to mandate the European Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism, which is now developing into an independent international, non-governmental, non-profit association (registered according to Danish Law: Registration No. CVR 37116866). Here is the draft of the association’s STATUTES.