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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

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Overview

  • Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning
  • Activities & Research
  • Projects
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Mercator Research Centre

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.
mercator research centre objectives
Mercator Research CentreObjectives
  • Scientific research
  • Information centre
  • Platform function
  • Goals: creation, dissemination and application of knowledge
  • Education
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Mercator’s activities

  • Research
  • Publications & databases
  • Network of Schools
  • Network of Teacher Trainings Institutes
  • Conferences & seminars
  • Q&A service
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Publications

  • Research reports
  • Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Regional dossiers series

- 40 language descriptions

- Update every 5-7 years

- Online available

research reports
Research Reports
  • 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)
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Network of Schools

  • > 90 members
  • > 30 language communities
  • 15 EU member states
  • News bulletins
  • Website:

- teaching materials

- projects

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Conferences in 2010

  • 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
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Fields of research

  • 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
  • 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)
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(a) The Mercator Network of Language Diversity Centres (LLP)

  • Mercator Research Centre - “lead partner” 4 Partner institutes:
  • Aberystwyth – University of Wales
  • Barcelona – Ciemen
  • Budapest – Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Eskilstuna (Sweden) – Mälardalen University
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Aims
  • 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

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)MELT 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)
  • Research activities
  • Development schemes & materials
  • Seminar & evaluation workshop
  • Local events
  • Closing conference (Brussels, 2011)
melt aims
MELT Aims
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: TheEuropean 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

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Aims
  • 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
Targetedstakeholders
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Other work packages:
    • 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

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

A Papiamentu – Dutch language development project

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Aims
  • 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 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

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Aims
  • Analyse bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource for the individual and society
  • Analyse bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource at school
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www.mercator-research.eu

[email protected]

Thank you

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