Seminar in Augsburg (Germany) 'Bringing Europe into the Foreign Languages Classroom', 15-18 September 2010
Entitled “Bringing Europe into the Foreign Languages Classroom”, the REAL event set out to address the following issues :
- The inclusion of Lifelong learning in the secondary school language classrooms;
- Helping to connect up teachers of different language;
- Using and developing intercomprehension;
- Bringing the topic of foreign languages in the foreign language classroom.
In the plenary sessions, Friederike Klippel (University of Munich) looked back on language learning through history whilst Franz-Joseph Meißner (University of Jena) and Daniel Coste (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon) reflected upon evaluation and new standards in European foreign languages teaching.
Within the REAL section, a series of leading experts on foreign languages gave their take on the topic of the seminar. In particular, Michael Byram from the University of Durham (UK) presented his research into the relationship between citizenship and language learning, whilst Konrad Schröder of REAL partner association 'Englisch und Mehrsprachigkeit' (Germany) spoke passionately in favour of the use of English as a gateway to learn other languages.
We will very shortly be publishing the results of our work on this website. Check out the Activity section of the REAL website for details of the three REAL seminars to be organised in 2011.