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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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THE ECSPM ATTENDS THE PNF MEETING OF THE ECML IN GRAZ (December 20, 2017)
On 14-15 December the ECSPM (represented by its President and General Secretary) took part in the annual meeting of the “Professional Network Forum” of the European Centre of Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe, in Graz, Austria. The PFN “is formed of international associations and institutions that share common values and have overlapping expertise in the field of language education and assessment. Under the auspices of the ECML, the members of the PFN have agreed to share their know-how and have committed themselves to work together on areas of common interest in the service of language education.”
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OUR “BEYOND LANGUAGE BARRIERS” SYMPOSIUM IN ATHENS (December 6, 2017)
The ECSPM organised the BEYOND LANGUAGE BARRIERS Symposium, in Athens Greece, on 1 December 2017. The Symposium programme is here. It was hosted by the Hellenic Open University and generously sponsored both by the Hellenic Open University and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At the first assembly of the ECSPM on 2 December 2017 ECSPM Executive Committee was elected.
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BOOSTING EUROPEAN RESEACH FOCUSING ON THE SOCIAL, CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE (September 2017)
A group of concerned academics prepared an open letter for 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. The ECSPM was contacted and took part in this action.
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LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY FOR MULTILINGUAL EUROPE SURVEY (June 5, 2017)
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.
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