Conference: Paradigms for ‘Languages of the Wider World’

April 14th, 2009

Multilingualism, Regional & Minority Languages: Paradigms for ‘Languages of the Wider World’

International conference at the SOAS this week: (16th/17th April 2009)

This international conference is organised jointly by the Languages of the Wider World CETL (LWW CETL) at SOAS and UCL in the UK, and the MERCATOR European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning at the Fryske Akademy in the Netherlands.

All people have the right to learn and use their mother-tongue, and to learn a second and third language. This formal right is often absent and its use in practice is often less well guaranteed and less developed than should be the case, especially for speakers of smaller languages variously labelled as ‘regional’, ‘minority’, ‘immigrant’, ‘community’ (including sign languages), ‘heritage’ languages, etc. The conference will focus on theoretical and empirical work in research and implementation of teaching and learning models and strategies for language learning.

More here.

Online chapter “video words” published

April 14th, 2009

The first chapter of the DIVIS online guide is published. “Video words” is the entry level area especially for primary schools. You can find a brief overview of the ideas, a step-by-step guide and a word matrix with different options of what can be done.

You can find it all on the divisproject.eu site.

DIVIS Catalan video blog

March 31st, 2009

The blog from the Catalan school partner CEIP is online with lots of video clips.  Check it out here.

New publication: Speaking for Europe

March 4th, 2009

A new publication from the EU Commission is available in several languages and as a pdf download:

Speaking for Europe
Languages in the European Union

You can download it here.

First collection of video articles according to language

March 1st, 2009

Check out the DIVIS video gallery and you find a first migration of the Speech Bubbles video articles sorted according to the language presented. This will be the beginning of the coming “video words” theme where you are invited to participate.

Commissionar Orban in Berlin

February 24th, 2009

Read the speech of EU Commissionar Leonard Orban at the Free University in Berlin on 13th February 2009. Here is the link to the pdf file.

DIVIS project online!

January 7th, 2009

Check out our new online domain divisproject.eu!

Application process for next language course in October open

January 7th, 2009

We can accept now applications for our next European teacher training course “Language learning and video production”. You find further information on our course pages.