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International Conference: Multilingualism – chance and challenge

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Published on Friday, 21 October 2011

Fourth international conference on challenges and opportunities of multilingualism in the fields of school and teacher training

On 21 and 22 June 2012, the Faculty of Language, Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) is hosting the fourth international conference on challenges and opportunities of multilingualism in the fields of school and teacher training.

The objective of the conference “Multilingualism – chance and challenge” is to foster an exchange between students, researchers and practitioners in schools and universities about educational approaches, research activities and projects related to multilingualism in terms of first, second and foreign language learning.

Multilingualism is both a desirable aim in terms of educational policy and a common reality in European classrooms of all levels. Linguistically and culturally heterogeneous groups of learners are perfectly normal. Moreover, social mobility in a shared European common market, immigration and intercultural diversity as well as different learner biographies have an impact on classroom reality. Concerning multilingualism, teachers as well as students face unprecedented challenges. At the same time, multilingualism provides undreamed chances for a lively, real-life and functional language classroom. In order to use this opportunity, we have to find new ways to cope with today’s multilingual and multicultural heterogeneity adequately. It is necessary to start an interdisciplinary and transnational dialogue that includes and develops different experiences in terms of teaching, linguistics and language methodology: country-specific empirical research findings, case studies and lesson reports are a subject of interest, as well as first attempts in order to seize the chances of multilingualism by using specific methods in the learners´ acquisition process and teacher training.

During the two conference days, researchers from eleven different countries will give lectures on the different approaches to cope with individual and societal multilingualism which have been developed in their countries and regions.

This event is being organised by Nancy Morys, of FLSHASE, University of Luxembourg and is supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR). Registration is open and for more information please visit: mehrsprachigkeit-als-chance.eu.