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Thu Jul 08 2010

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Germany

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        1.    Julia Reitze, Freiburg Language Policy & Language Teaching Conference

Message 1: Freiburg Language Policy & Language Teaching Conference
Date: 07-Jul-2010
From: Julia Reitze <julia.reitzesli.uni-freiburg.de>
Subject: Freiburg Language Policy & Language Teaching Conference
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Freiburg Language Policy & Language Teaching Conference

Date: 14-Oct-2010 - 16-Oct-2010
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Contact: Dr. Janina Leithold - Cünnen
Contact Email: janina.cuennensli.uni-freiburg.de
Meeting URL: http://www.sli-konferenz-mehrsprachigkeit.de/?&L=4

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The 2010 Topic: 'Multilingualism and Aspects of Intercultural and
Transcultural Language Teaching'

The topic for this year's conference originated from the (very) fact that the
University of Freiburg in Germany is located almost directly at the borders
to Switzerland and France. This geographical location brings with it the
possibility for contact and exchange with the universities and other
institutions of higher education in our neighbouring countries. This in turn
provides an incentive to instructors and students in all three lands. An
important goal here is to encourage mobility, particularly among students,
and thereby increase cross-border, educational exchange. EUCOR
(European Confederation of Upper Rhine Universities) has a central
function in achieving this aim.

When it comes to language policy, the Upper Rhine Region has long been
seen as being multilingual. Numerous measures and projects have been
initiated to promote the learning of the language spoken in the neighbouring
country and to ensure that residents have the language competencies
needed for the regional and European employment market. This same
situation can be seen all across Europe. A glance at the borders between
Poland and Germany or France and Spain shows that living near to another
country opens up a realm of possibilities in social, political and educational
sectors, provided of course, such opportunities are taken advantage of in a
timely manner and appropriate steps are initiated in the proper places, such
as schools and universities.

An additional influential factor is that policy efforts often ignore or
underestimate intercultural and region-specific requirements. Multilingual
regions, such as South Tyrol or countries like Luxemburg or Switzerland,
are exemplary in that they seem to have mastered the above named
hurdles. Whether despite, or perhaps (even) because of political processes,
questions of identity or cultural affiliation, as well as the role of regional and
minority languages and their fixed position in social and academic life are
once again very current. Ireland, Wales, the Basque region or Catalonia are
pressing examples. A resulting question is not only which language a
teacher should speak when working in a foreign country, but also which
measures should be taken in order to prepare instructors and students for
teaching and learning abroad.

Program:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

11 - 14
Registration: Lobby in front of HS 1010 (Lecture Room 1010)

14 - 14.30
Conference Opening:
Welcome address from the Dean of the Department of Philology and the
Rector or Vice Rector of the University of Freiburg
N.N.
Welcome address from the SLI Chairperson, Prof. Dr. Bernd Kortmann
(University of Freiburg)

14.30 - 15
Plenary Lecture:
Prof. Dr. Georges Lüdi (Universität Basel):
Die Oberrheinregion als Werkstatt zur Erforschung und Implementierung
von Mehrsprachigkeitskonzepten

15 - 15.30
Plenary Lecture:
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Juliane House (University of Hamburg):
'The Role of English in the World and in the University'

15.30 - 16
Questions and Discussion:
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Daibhí Ó'Croinín (NUI, Galway)

16 - 16.30
Coffee Break and Cornelsen Publishing House Book Exhibition

16.30 - 18
Panel and Discussion:
Multilingual Europe: Consequences and Chances for Higher Education
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Karen Lauridsen (Aarhus School of Business)
Panel:
Prof. Dr. Georges Lüdi (Universität Basel)
Prof. Dr. Rita Franceschini (Freie Universität Bozen/Bolzano)
Prof. Dr. Carmen Pérez-Vidal (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Prof. Dr. Francis Favereau (Université Rennes II)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Juliane House (Uni Hamburg)
Dr. Ian Tudor (Université Libre, Brüssel)
Prof. Dr. Mario Oesterreicher (Fachhochschule, Zwickau)
Jaques Sparfel (EUCOR, Université Strasbourg)

19 Reception (KG I, Ground Floor, HS 1010 Lobby)

Friday, October 15, 2010

All Plenary Lectures and Coffee Breaks take place in HS 1010 and in the
lobby!

9 - 9.30
Plenary Lecture
Prof. Dr. Rita Franceschini (Freie Universität Bozen/Bolzano):
'Vom Zugewinn der Mehrsprachigkeit und deren Umsetzung an
Universitäten'

9.45 - 10.15
Coffee Break and Cornelsen Publishing House Book Exhibition

10.15 - 12.30
Workshops 1 - 4 (parallel):

The Workshops take place in room 1108 - 1236.

Working Groups 1-3: Workshop Section 1:
Europe as Regions? Multilingualism and Transculturalism: New
requirements for European Union language policies?

Working Groups 1-3: Workshop Section 2:
Language - Culture - Identity

Working Groups 1-3: Workshop Section 3:
Multilingual, Intercultural and Transcultural Learning and Teaching: Culture-
specific and Cross-Culture Methods in the Classroom as New Chances for
(International) Teaching?

Working Groups 1-3: Workshop Section 4:
Placement Tests, Levels and Learning Outcomes: New challenges through
Multilingual Courses of Study?

12.30 - 14
Lunch Break

14 - 16
Workshop-sections 1 - 4 (parallel)

16 - 16.30
Coffee Break and Cornelsen Publishing House Book Exhibition

16.30 - 17.15
Compilation of Workshop Group Results

17.15 - 17.45
Plenary Lecture
Prof. Dr. Carmen Pérez-Vidal (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
'Promoting Language Learning in Catalan Higher Education: The Plan of
Action for Multilingualism (2007 - 2013) at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)'

17.45 - 18.15
Questions and Discussion
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Francis Favereau (Université Rennes II)

19.30
Conference Dinner (Greiffeneggschlössle, Schloßberg)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Workshops take place in rooms 1108 - 1236.

Round Table Discussion and Coffe Breaks take place in the Aula and in the
Prometheus Hall in front of it.

9 - 11
Workshops 1 - 4 (parallel): Presentation of Results and Discussion

11 - 11.30
Coffee Break

11.30 - 13
Podium Discussion and Summary
Moderator: Dr. Michael Langner (Universität Luxemburg / Fribourg, CH)
Podium:
Prof.Dr. Georges Lüdi (Universität Basel)
Prof. Dr. Rita Franceschini (Freie Universität Bozen/Bolzano)
Prof. Dr. Carmen Perez Vidal (Universität Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Prof. Dr. Karen M. Lauridsen (Aarhus School of Business)
Dr. Ian Tudor (Université Libre, Brüssel)
Prof. Dr. Francis Favereau (Université Rennes II)
Prof. Dr. Daibhí Ó'Croinín (NUI, Galway)
Prof. Dr. Mario Oesterreicher (Fachhochschule, Zwickau)

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