On September 17/18 2009 the Mercator Network of Language Diversity Centres organised a conference on ‘Developments in the curriculum of language teaching and learning, at primary school level and in secondary education’. At this conference, communication among policy-makers, language planning professionals and those involved in language transfer and teaching took place in face-to-face meetings. Giving them the opportunity to exchange research results, information, and experience in the field of language learning and linguistic diversity. The focal point was the role of language as an influential factor within social cohesion, economic prosperity and the specificity of regional identity.
The Mercator Network’s approach is inclusive of immigrant minorities and Deaf communities as well as regional and smaller state languages. Though the emphasis is on academic research, the wider work of institutions responsible for language learning and language use, and the implementation of new teaching and policy models will play an important part in the Mercator Network’s activities.
Check the programme for the conference here.