“Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity"

Modern Language research and teaching at Glasgow has just been threatened with closures

If you agree that languages are important in UK Higher Education and oppose the cuts in Modern Languages (Czech, Polish, Russian, Italian, French, German) proposed by the University of Glasgow management, please sign the petition below. The decision will be made very soon, so this is urgent.

It's free to sign the petition and takes only a few seconds. To do so, just click here.

For up-to-date information about the proposed cuts, please see the Facebook page.

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SUCU Office

International Conference on LANGUAGE POLICY AND LANGUAGE TEACHING at university of Freiburg

On September, 28-30, 2011 the Language Teaching Centre of Freiburg University will host an International Conference on LANGUAGE POLICY AND LANGUAGE TEACHING: “Multilingualism in Society, the World of Work, and Politics. New Challenges for Teaching at Institutes of Higher Education/Universities”

For further information please go to the conference homepage.

The call for papers is now open. Please send your abstracts to konferenz@sli.uni-freiburg.de. Deadline will be 30 June 2011.

Lingua Franca: Chimera or Reality?

The European Commission's directorate general for translation (DGT) recently published a study entitled "Lingua Franca: Chimera or Reality?" It includes three interviews, one with Phliippe van Parijs, one with François Grin (DYLAN deputy coordinator), and one with Wolfgang Mackiewicz (Chair of the DYLAN advisory board). The study can be downloaded here.

First ELDIA newsletter

ELDIA (European Language Diversity for All) is an interdisciplinary research project for reconceptualizing, promoting and re-evaluating individual and societal multilingualism. Experts on applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, law, social studies and statistics, drawn from eight universities in six European countries, work together to contribute to a better understanding of how local, “national” and “international” (vehicular) languages interact in contemporary Europe.
The first newsletter of this project is now available and can be downloaded by clicking here.

Call for submissions for the 2012-2015 ECML programme of activities

L’appel à manifestations d’intérêt pour le programme d’activités 2012-2015 du CELV (Centre européen pour les langues vivantes du Conseil de l’Europe) a été lancé sur le site Internet http://www.ecml.at/call

MobLang newsletter

The EU-funded project entitled 'Intercultural Dialogue & Linguistic Diversity via MobLang' will aim at teaching basic language skills in Albanian, Basque, Greek, Irish, and Turkish through the mobile phone. More information can be found in the project's newsletter, available here.

The Journal of Language Policy

The Journal of Language and Politics (JLP) represents a forum for analysing and discussing the various dimensions in the interplay of language and politics. DYLAN WP2 Manager Ruth Wodak is the co-editor while WP5 Manager Michal Krzyżanowski is co-associated editor.
If you whish to contribute to this publications or if you just want more information, the new flyer is now available and can be downloaded here.

New volume of "Sociolinguistica"

We would like to inform you that a new issue of the trilingual journal "Sociolinguistica" is out. You will find more information on the publisher's website.

Ausschreibung ESIS-Wettbewerb 2011 – Europäisches Spracheninnovationssiegel

Das Österreichische Sprachen-Kompetenz-Zentrum informiert über die Ausschreibung des ESIS-Wettbewerbs 2011 – Europäisches Spracheninnovationssiegel und ruft zur Mitwirkung auf.

Der ESIS-Wettbewerb – von der EU ins Leben gerufen – richtet sich an Organisationen und Personen, die innovative und beispielgebende Projekte im Bereich des Lehrens und Lernens von Sprachen durchführen. Mit der Vergabe dieses Qualitätssiegels sollen Initiativen bekannt gemacht werden und zur Nachahmung anregen.

Themenschwerpunkt 2011: Sprachkenntnisse zur Vorbereitung auf das Arbeitsleben

Sprachliche und interkulturelle Kompetenzen sind in einem zunehmend internationalen beruflichen Umfeld wesentliche Schlüsselqualifikationen und erhöhen die Aussichten auf einen guten Arbeitsplatz. Mehrsprachige Menschen sind in der Regel mobiler und damit steht ihnen ein größeres Angebot an Arbeitsplätzen, auch im Ausland, offen. Sprachunterricht und die Vermittlung von interkulturellen Kompetenzen erhöhen daher die Berufschancen und führen zu einem gestärkten Selbstvertrauen der künftigen ArbeitnehmerInnen.

Nähere Informationen und das Bewerbungsformular finden sich hier.
Einreichfrist: 11. April 2011
Kontakt: Dr. Michaela Haller, Österreichisches Sprachen-Kompetenz-Zentrum, esis@oesz.at

Research Project „PluS“: When Plurilingual Speakers Encounter Unilingual Environments.

A new project on plurilingualism has just started at the University Vienna: "When Plurilingual Speakers Encounter Unilingual Environments. Migrants from African Countries in Vienna: Language Practices and Institutional Communication." More information can be found here.
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