The Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT) Project is a partnership between four language communities – Breton in Brittany, the Frisian language in Friesland, the Swedish language community in Finland, and the Welsh language in Wales. The Project is funded by the European Commission, and will run between 01 November 2009 and 31 October 2011.
British Education Secretary Michael Gove announced a pioneering new partnership with China to train 1000 more Mandarin teachers for secondary schools in England. According to the Department for Education, Mandarin is an increasingly popular subject choice for GCSE, but there are only around 100 qualified Mandarin teachers in England at the moment, and only 16 per cent of secondary schools offered Chinese language teaching in 2009.
Wed, 12/01/2011 - Thu, 27/01/2011
The Conference 'Language, Camera, Action! Languages on Film – An introduction to digital film-making for language teachers' will take place in Comberton on 12 and 27 January 2011. It is aimed at language teachers and heads of departments.
A recent report, published by the Institute of Education and CILT, the National Centre for Languages, shows that more than 40 per cent of state school children in London speak English as a second language. Bengali, Urdu and Somali are the most widely spoken languages behind English. Comparisons with earlier data show which languages have changed most and how communities across London are evolving.
Lang platform is a multilateral Comenius project running from 2009 to 2011 which aims to promote European intercultural education based on learning foreign languages and facilitating interdisciplinarity.
Sat, 12/03/2011 - Sun, 13/03/2011
The 32nd Annual TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Greece International Convention, entitled 'Taking Every Single Opportunity to Learn', will be held on 12 and 13 March 2011 at the premises of the Hellenic American Union in Athens (Greece).
A new website allowing distance-learning of the Icelandic language has been officially opened by the Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign Languages. The website is called icelandiconline.is and is open to internet users everywhere.
The 'Ruslang' project is a joint venture of the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics & Political Science and is born from the desire to create an interactive, web-based language learning programme. Take a look at this project and you might find inspiration to organise a similar programme in your school or at your University.
Five million young Europeans are currently looking for work; and many of them will miss opportunities because they lack the right qualifications or experience. The initiative "Youth on the Move" intends to help these young people to gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need to make their first job a reality.
The European Survey on Language Competences is a major initiative by the European Commission to support the development of language learning policies across Europe.