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Activities and Projects on Multilingualism with a focus on Regional and Minority Languages. Cor van der Meer Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning London, 15 & 16 April 2010. Overview.

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Activities and Projects on Multilingualism with a focus on Regional and Minority Languages

Cor van der Meer

Mercator European Research Centre on

Multilingualism and Language Learning

London, 15 & 16 April 2010


Overview Regional and Minority Languages

  • Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning

  • Activities & Research

  • Projects


Mercator Research Centre Regional and Minority Languages

1987-2006:

  • Documentation and Information Centre.

  • Funded by the European Union.

    2007-2008: transition into:

  • Information and Research Centre.

  • Funded by the Province of Fryslân and the municipality of Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.


Fryske Akademy Regional and Minority Languages


Mercator research centre objectives
Mercator Research Centre Regional and Minority LanguagesObjectives

  • Scientific research

  • Information centre

  • Platform function

  • Goals: creation, dissemination and application of knowledge

  • Education


Mercator’s activities Regional and Minority Languages

  • Research

  • Publications & databases

  • Network of Schools

  • Network of Teacher Trainings Institutes

  • Conferences & seminars

  • Q&A service


Publications Regional and Minority Languages

  • Research reports

  • Articles

  • Newsletters

  • Regional dossiers series

    - 40 language descriptions

    - Update every 5-7 years

    - Online available


Research reports
Research Reports Regional and Minority Languages

  • Development of Minimum Standards for RML language education

  • Use of the CEFR and ELP in RML language education

  • Comparative studies

  • Study on the devolvement of legislative power to regional authorities

  • Trilingual Education in Europe (due 2010)


www.networkofschools.eu Regional and Minority Languages


Network of Schools Regional and Minority Languages

  • > 90 members

  • > 30 language communities

  • 15 EU member states

  • News bulletins

  • Website:

    - teaching materials

    - projects


Conferences in 2010 Regional and Minority Languages

  • 18-20 May: Mercator Network conference: “Media Convergence and Linguistic Diversity: How can the creative industries contribute to language vitality in a multiplatform environment?”, Aberystwyth

  • 3-4 June: “Added Value of Multilingualism and Multilingual Education”, Ljouwert, organised in cooperation with the Basque Ministry of Education, Leeuwarden

  • 18-19 November: conference of European Universities Network on Multilingualism (EUNoM), Leeuwarden


Fields of research Regional and Minority Languages

  • Added value of multilingualism and multilingual education

  • Informal learning and promotion of reading in families & households.

  • Effectiveness of educational policy in Fryslân

  • Language acquisition


Projects
Projects Regional and Minority Languages

  • Mercator Network of Language Diversity Centres (a)

  • MELT: Multilingual Early Language Transmission (b)

  • EUNoM: The European Universities’ Network on Multilingualism (c)

  • More Languages, More Opportunities (d)

  • Added Value of Multilingualism (e)


(a) The Mercator Network of Language Diversity Centres (LLP) Regional and Minority Languages

  • Mercator Research Centre - “lead partner” 4 Partner institutes:

  • Aberystwyth – University of Wales

  • Barcelona – Ciemen

  • Budapest – Hungarian Academy of Sciences

  • Eskilstuna (Sweden) – Mälardalen University


Aims Regional and Minority Languages

  • Facilitate structured exchange and discussion of best practice in the EU

  • Awareness raising for greater public → Benefits of multilingualism for Europe

  • What needs to be improved and how can it be improved best?

  • Transferability to other language communities: including immigrant or signing communities


Expected results
Expected Results Regional and Minority Languages

Yearly reports to:

  • Summarise Gathered knowledge / Detected Knowledge gaps

  • Give people opportunity to use and expand on this knowledge

  • Give recommendation for future research agenda for EU and policy actions


B melt project llp
(b) Regional and Minority LanguagesMELT project (LLP)

  • Project partners:

  • Mercator / Fryske Akademy (Fryslân, Netherlands)

  • Folkhalsen (Finland)

  • Welsh Language Board (Wales, UK)

  • Conseil Régional de Bretagne (Brittany, France)


Melt project 2009 2011
MELT project (2009-2011) Regional and Minority Languages

  • Research activities

  • Development schemes & materials

  • Seminar & evaluation workshop

  • Local events

  • Closing conference (Brussels, 2011)


Melt aims
MELT Aims Regional and Minority Languages

  • Development of teaching methodology and language transmission process

  • Raise of parents’ awareness about multilingualism

  • Encouraging practitioners on how to foster language learning

  • Raise policy awareness across Europe


Melt pedagogical materials 1
MELT Pedagogical materials 1 Regional and Minority Languages

  • Toolkit for practitioners full of “best practices” – to start with extending the best practices in the book of Lillemor Gammelgard, Language Strategy. (“learning through playing”)

  • Topics of special interest:- visibility of the language in the rooms, - songs and music, dance;- thematic work;- exposure to rich language expressions of good quality.


Melt pedagogical materials 2
MELT Pedagogical materials 2 Regional and Minority Languages

  • Information for parents in mixed-language families.

  • Toolkit for practitioners how to cope with every new generation of parents and their concerns.

  • Toolkit for practitioners and the teachers & school board of primary school together, aimed at the “informed choice”

  • Training schemes


C eunom the european universities network on multilingualism llp
(c) EUNoM: The Regional and Minority LanguagesEuropean Universities’ Network onMultilingualism (LLP)

  • November 2009 – October 2012

  • EACEA Reference: 504763-2009-LLP-ES-KA-KA2NW

  • Consortium members:

    • U.O.C. (lead partner; Miquel Strubell)

    • Erasmushogeschool Brussel (June Eyckmans)

    • Mercator Research Centre / Fryske Akademy (Alex Riemersma)

    • Research Centre Wales (Glyn Williams)

    • Queens University Belfast (Eugene McKendry)

    • University Primorska, Koper, SI (Lucija Čok)

Co-funded under the


Aims Regional and Minority Languages

  • Multilingualism in the context of globalisation, the information society and the knowledge economy from various perspectives (including that of ‘regional’ or ‘minority’ languages), in five areas, each with on-line discussions leading up to five symposia and a final conference.

  • Analyses of the changing paradigm, examples of good practice, policy recommendations and avenues for future research will be sought.

Co-funded under the


Targeted stakeholders
Targeted Regional and Minority Languagesstakeholders

  • Educationalists,

  • Language teacher organisations,

  • Educational policy-makers,

  • ICT specialists,

  • Teacher trainers

  • Parents’ organisations,

  • Business and employers’ organisations

  • Universities,

  • Trades unions…

Co-funded under the


Area 1
Area 1 Regional and Minority Languages

Language teachers: Training for a New Paradigm

On-line discussion leading up to European Symposium to be held in Udine (Friuli, IT), hosted by University of Udine - International Centre on Plurilingualism, on 7-8 September 2010.

For more information: [email protected]

Co-funded under the


Area 2
Area 2 Regional and Minority Languages

Higher Education and Research on Multilingualism

On-line discussion leading up to European Symposium to be held in Ljouwert (Leeuwarden), Friesland, NL, organised by Mercator / Fryske Akademy, on 18 -19 November 2010.

For more information: [email protected]

Co-funded under the


Area 3
Area 3 Regional and Minority Languages

Managing multilingual and multiethnic societies and institutions

On-line discussion leading up to European Symposium to be held in Koper (Slovenia), hosted by U. Primorska (Faculty of Human Studies), on 20-21 June 2011.

For more information: [email protected]

Co-funded under the


Area 4
Area 4 Regional and Minority Languages

Multilingualism in the knowledge economy: labour markets revisited, and corporate social responsibility

On-line discussion leading up to European Symposium to be held in Belfast (Northern Ireland), hosted by Queens’ University, on 14-15 November 2011.

For more information: [email protected]

Co-funded under the


Area 5
Area 5 Regional and Minority Languages

ICT, e-Learning and languages

On-line discussion leading up to European Symposium to be held in Barcelona (Catalonia ES), hosted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,

14-15 May 2012.

For more information: [email protected]

Co-funded under the


Final conference
Final conference Regional and Minority Languages

Globalisation, Modernity and Knowledge: New Perspectives on Language in education

On-line discussion leading up to European Conference to be held in Brussels (venue to be decided), organised by Erasmushogeschool Brussel or Mercator / Fryske Akademy, on October 292012.

For more information: [email protected]

Co-funded under the


  • Other work packages: Regional and Minority Languages

    • Management

    • Quality assurance and evaluation

    • Project dissemination

    • Exploitation: Working towards a sustainable network

  • More information:http://www.uoc.edu/portal/english/la_universitat/sala_de_premsa/noticies/2009/noticia_168.html

Co-funded under the


(d) More languages, Regional and Minority Languagesmore opportunitiesInformal learning and promotion of reading in families & households

A Papiamentu – Dutch language development project


Aims Regional and Minority Languages

  • Promotion of toddlers bilingual development in Papiamentu and Dutch

  • Promotion of a better socio-emotional development

  • Promotion of a more positive interaction between mother and child


E added value of multilingualism and multilingual education
(e) Added Value of Multilingualism Regional and Minority Languages and multilingual education

A joint research project of the Basque

Autonomous Community and Fryslân

University of the Basque Country / Ikerbasque, Donostia

Mercator Research Centre / Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert


Aims Regional and Minority Languages

  • Analyse bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource for the individual and society

  • Analyse bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource at school


www.mercator-research.eu Regional and Minority Languages

[email protected]

Thank you

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Danke

Mange Tak

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Hvala

Tige tank

Haristo

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