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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 team

Mercator team


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


Outline

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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