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METACOGNITION IN MULTILINGUAL DEVELOPMENT: FROM MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN TO POLYGLOTS (April 4 2019)
The DyME research group and the Department of English at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, are making a call for abstracts to the conference “Metacognition in Multilingual Development: From multilingual children to polyglots” to be held in September 2019.
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21 FEBRUARY, INTERNATIONAL MOTHER TONGUE DAY (February 21 2019)
The proposal for an International Mother Tongue Day was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and since then there has been a growing understanding of the important role of the mother tongue for individuals and societies, a rising awareness that multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way. However, we still have a long way to go because, according to UNESCO, every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
Despite the important role of mother tongue particularly in education, 40% of the population globally does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.
Specifically, the importance of mother tongue in education is due to that:
- It is the best medium for the expression of one’s ideas and feelings, and hence the most potent agent for mutual communication and exchange of ideas.
- It is through the mother tongue that individuals form themselves into social groups.
- It is the best medium for acquiring knowledge and instrument for intellectual development.
- It is an instrument of self-expression, emotional development and individual growth of the pupil.
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“INDIGENOUS LANGUAGESMATTER FOR DEVELOPMENT, PEACE BUILDING, RECONCILIATION.” (February 16 2019)
It is with this motto that UNESCO introduces the decision to declare 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages – a year of cooperation dedicated to raising awareness regarding indigenous languages, focusing on a related topic or theme, and od mobilizing different people around the world for coordinated action. To find out more visit the IYIL website.
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ECSPM 2019 SYMPOSIUM – READING, UK (February 1 2019)
MULTILINGUAL CHALLENGES: MEDIATING IMAGES, LANGUAGES AND LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY
Hosted by the Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading, UK
Supported by the Universities of Reading, Cambridge, Cardiff and Westminster
21-22 March, 2019
Participation in the Symposium is limited to 50 experts, who are invited to give talks and discuss issues related to the theme.
If you feel you have expertise in the field, please write to the ECSPM General Secretary (multilingualism at ecspm dot org), requesting to be invited. Please attach your CV to the message.
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CONCERNED WITH MULTILINGUALISM IN THE CLASSROOM? (January 20 2019)
The new Eurydice volume, entitled Integrating Students from Migrant Backgrounds into Schools in Europe: National Policies and Measures, will certainly be of interest to you. You can download it from here.
For more information from Eurydice, please visit their updated website.
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PARADIGM SHIFT IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION (August 31 2018)
The title of the 2018 Symposium that the ECSPM is co-organizing with the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, 26-27 September is: PARADIGM SHIFT IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTILITERATE AND PLURILINGUAL AGENCIES. Academics, researchers and language education policy advisors from different countries will be addressing an audience of language professionals and students concerned with issues connected to languages and multilingualism.
On the first day of the Symposium, 26 September, which is dedicated to the European Day of Languages, speakers will talk on various issues and projects on multilingualism across Europe. The second day, 27 September, is devoted to presentations dealing with ideas on how we can best contribute to the efforts for change not only in the way languages are taught and learnt in formal educational settings by resorting to a new language didactics paradigm, but also in the way that future and practicing language teachers are prepared at universities and other professional development centres.
The event is set to take place at university premises, Schnittspahnstraße 9, 64287 Darmstadt, building B2|01 Room: 147. There is no registration fee but those wishing to attend must register in advance because attendance is limited to 100 people.
Here you can find a relevant site map of the campus. In case you need to book a hotel, please find a list of Darmstadt’s hotels here.
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STATEMENT ON EUROPEAN RECOMMENDATION REGARDING EDUCATION (August 28 2018)
Our partner, LLLP (Lifelong Learning Platform: European Civil Society for Education), has just issued a statement, as a response to “the second package of measures for creating a European Education Area”. The ECSPM has contributed specifically to the part which constitutes a proposal on Teaching and Learning of Languages therein. Let us know if you agree or have anything to add.
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FIFTH SAARBRÜCKEN CONFERENCE ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING 29-31 OCT. 2019 (July 28 2018)
The Magic of Language – Productivity in Linguistics and Language Teaching
Die Magie der Sprache – Produktivität in Linguistik und Fremdsprachenunterricht
La magie de la langue – la productivité dans la linguistique et dans l’enseignement des langues étrangères
Located in the heart of Europe, the capital of Saarland is connected to all non-European destinations via its own airport (SCN) and the main hubs of Central Europe. For the participants of the 5th Saarbrücker Fremdsprachentagung the following two travel routes offer culturally interesting and also economically priced alternatives to the more classical connections “Frankfurt / Main – Saarbrücken” or “Flughafen Saarbrücken SCN”.
The theme of the conference offers opportunities for participation to students and scholars of languages, as well as to all professionals who are working in the areas of language teaching/learning and
- languages for specific purposes
- language teaching methodology
- interpersonal and intercultural communication situation
- bilingualism, monolingualism and multilingualism
- cognitive mechanisms and emotions
Aiming to provide a platform to bring scholars and researchers together for mutual inspiration and idea exchange, the organisers announce that conference registration has already started and will continue until 31-08-2019 (for speakers) and until 30-09-2019 (for those who will simply attend) at the following e-mail address: email@example.com. The conference fee is €60,00 (€30,00 for students).
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2018 EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES EVENTS (July 2 2018)
For the event organized by the European Commission, click here.
For the event organized by the ECSPM, click here.
We hope to be informing you about other events taking place in different parts of Europe around 26 September.
If you are organizing a European Day of Languages event, please let us know, so we kan advertise it.
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“BUILDING A STRONGER EUROPE: THE ROLE OF YOUTH, EDUCATION AND CULTURE POLICIES” (May 25 2018)
We have just been informed that this week the Commission adopted a set of proposed Council Recommendations and other policy documents under the headline “Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies”. Please see the links to the press communication and the Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning, together with its annex and Staff Working Document Part I, plus Staff Working Document Part II, all of which will be translated into all official EU languages and subsequently added to the three already published in the EurLex database. Also follow the development of this policy initiative via social media, in particular via #EuropeanEducationArea.
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THE NPLD CONFERENCE IN VALENCIA, SPAIN (May 25 2018)
The successfully organized conference entitled TOWARDS A MULTILINGUAL SOCIETY: THE VALUE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING HERITAGE, HOME, REGIONAL LANGUAGES FROM AN EARLY AGE, took place in a lovely building at the centre of the old town in València, Spain, on 24 May. Our member organisation –the European Network for Promoting Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)– that organised the conference, in collaboration with the Government of València, did excellent work and the presentations by invited speakers and NPLD members were inspiring and useful. One of the invited speakers was the ECSPM President Bessie Dendrinos. Her paper was entitled “Developing intercultural awareness and plurilingual-pluricultural competences in young children”. The conference presentations will soon be uploaded on the NPLD website.
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WE WELCOME OLBI AS AN ECSPM PARTNER (May 17 2018)
We are delighted to announce that the “Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute / Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme” (OLBI) of Ottawa, Canada, has become an ECSPM partner, ensuring creative synergies at institutional level in the pursuit of common goals. The two institutions will exchange information and, most importantly, expertise. They will attend one other’s events (conferences, workshops, courses) whenever possible, and carry out joint activities and research projects on issues of common interest. OLBI has also announced the partnership in their Newsletter and will list the ECSPM on the CCERBAL website along with its other strategic partners.
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MARK THE DATE! SEPTEMBER 26-27, 2018 (May 15 2018)
“Paradigm Shift in Language Education for the Development of Multiliterate and Plurilingual Agencies” is the title of the European symposium that the ECSPM is co-organizing with the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, 26-27 September 2018. Academics, researchers and language education policy advisors from different countries will be addressing an audience of about 100 scholars and other professionals –all concerned with issues connected to languages and multilingualism.
Details to be announced.
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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY (February 21 2018)
Please visit the following link to read and adopt, accept, agree or simply like the Statement that was prepared by 40 experts (including the President of the ECSPM, Bessie Dendrinos) originally drafted in English and then translated into many other world languages. Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World
The Statement was prepared by the 40 experts who travelled to Salzburg, Austria (12-17 December 2017) from all five continents to take part in the Salzburg Global Seminar on “Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World” focusing on “the pivotal role of language learning for effective international relations, employment, social mobility and security, for full utilisation of talent and economic dynamism, and for understanding socio-economic divides around language learning.
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY.
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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY (February 20 2018)
As we prepare to celebrate International Mother Language Day (IMLD), we salute our Nordic friends and join them in celebrating Multilingual Month (21 February-21 March). The “Multilingualism and Diversity as a Resource in the Cultural Field” project belongs to the Norden 2020 Action –Vad händer med välfärden i Norden, which started during the Finnish presidency at the Nordic council of Ministers in 2016.
IMLD is an initiative through which UNESCO encourages the recognition and celebration of linguistic diversity worldwide. For resources and tips on what teachers and students can do, visit their webpage here.
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ANNOUNCING INVITATION TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE TO A JOURNAL (February 4 2018)
Multilingual Margins: A journal of multilingualism from the periphery
The journal editors invite interested scholars to submit articles based on original research around topics relating to multilingualism and marginality, decolonial theory and practice, and Southern theory. Multilingual Margins aspires to deliver incisive theorizations that critically deconstruct ways of talking about language and multilingualism that emanate from the Centre. It seeks to provide a forum for the emergence of alternative discourses of multilingualism rooted in close (historiographical) accounts of local language practices and ideologies of the translocal and entangled communities of the geopolitical South. To the extent that margins are productive spaces of annotation and commentary on the body or main theme of a text, an approach to multilingualism from the geopolitical margin promises also to contribute to reflection and afterthought, and to new epistemological approaches to language formulated in the Centre. For more information: http://epubs.ac.za/
Prospective authors are invited to submit an electronic contribution to qwilliams (at) uwc.ac.za or cstroud (at) uwc.ac.za.
All articles submitted will benefit from an international peer-review process.
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THE SECOND ECSPM ASSEMBLY TO BE HOSTED BY THE NLPD IN BRUSSELS (January 14, 2018)
On 6 February 2018, the ECSPM will be holding its second assembly in Brussels to discuss the updated content of the website, future actions of our organization and to decide whether and how we will respond to the new Erasmus+ call (Key Action 3). The assembly will be hosted by one of our members –the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), at their premises, in the center of Brussels, Rue de la Pepinière 1. The majority of the members will be present in person and two will have a virtual presence.
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ΤHE ECSPM AT THE CONSULTATION MEETING ORGANIZED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (January 14, 2018)
On 5 February 2018, the ECSPM has been invited and will be taking part in a consultation meeting that the European Commission is organizing in Brussels, to discuss the new strategy on languages in education, drafted on the basis of the decisions taken at the Social Summit for “Fair Jobs and Growth”, hosted in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017. The Summit gathered heads of state or government, social partners civil society, students, leading experts and the European Commission to work together on well-functioning and fair European labour markets, effective and sustainable social protection systems and the promotion of social dialogue. The ECSPM will be represented by its president.
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