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Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning Alex Riemersma www.mercator-research.eu 26 August 2008. Outline. Mercator team Mercator’s history European perspective Mercator’s current position Research Networking activities Mercator’s ambitions.

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Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language LearningAlex Riemersma www.mercator-research.eu26 August 2008

outline
Outline
  • Mercator team
  • Mercator’s history
  • European perspective
  • Mercator’s current position
  • Research
  • Networking activities
  • Mercator’s ambitions
mercator s history
Mercator’s history
  • Mercator Education (1987-2006):EU project
  • EU programme and earmarked budget
  • Information and data collection on education in / about regional and minority languages in EU
mercator s results
Mercator’s results
  • Data collection
  • Data base of experts
  • Network of Schools
  • Regional Dossier Series
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Regional Dossiers

  • Series > 40
  • Update every 5 year
  • Online available
european perspective 1
European perspective (1)
  • Fryslân not unique in Europe
  • All European countries are multilingual
  • Fryslân is in the heart of Europe
european perspective 2
European perspective (2)
  • More than 60 % of EU citizens use more languages in daily life
  • 10 % of European citizens speak a minority language
  • Let us not reinvent the wheel !
mercator s current position 1
Mercator’s current position (1)
  • Broadened scope: EU + CoE
  • RMLs + immigrant languages + smaller state languages
  • Research activities
  • Partner in various European Networks
mercator s current position 2
Mercator’s current position (2)
  • European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning
  • Spearhead of the Fryske Akademy
  • Bilingual Fryslân
  • Leeuwarden “hotspot of knowledge”
research
Research
  • Creating knowledge: language transmissionadded value
  • Applying research results:Minimum Standards based on the CEFR
  • Regional Dossiers Series
mercator s financial position
Mercator’s financial position
  • 1987-2006: 80% European Union / 20% Fryske Akademy
  • 2007: Province of Fryslân &Basque Country
  • 2008: Province of Fryslân; Basque Country; City of Leeuwarden & EU
mercator s finances 2009 2012
Mercator’s finances 2009-2012
  • Province of Fryslân:€ 200.000
  • City of Leeuwarden:€ 200.000
  • Basque Country:€ 140.000
  • European Union (Lifelong Learning):
  • € 60.000
networking activities
Networking activities
  • Network of Schools & Teacher Training Institutes
  • Mercator Network
  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
  • EUNoM
mercator network
Mercator Network
  • Lead partner: Fryske Akademy – Mercator Research Centre
  • Aberystwyth – University of Wales
  • Barcelona – Ciemen
  • Budapest – Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Eskilstuna – Mälardalen University
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Foto fan bern
  • Leafst bern yn de klasse
mercator s ambitions
Mercator’s ambitions
  • Development of research activities:- creating knowledge; - sharing and disseminating;- application of research results
  • Focus on Fryslân and Europe (EU & CoE)
  • New partners: NPLD & EUNoM, ECML & ECMI
mercator s ambitions1
Mercator’s ambitions
  • Fryslân: International “knowledge hotspot” Multilingualism & Language Learning
  • Mercator: European Agency on Multilingualism & Language Learning
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