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Expert Seminar on Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT)


Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning will organise a Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT) expert seminar in Leeuwarden, on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 April, 2010.
The project focuses on four European regions with a regional or minority language: Frisian in the Netherlands, Breton in France, Welsh in the UK and Swedish in Finland.
The MELT project will do a comparative study on the provisions, approach en available resources in the different regions. This also means looking at information for parents on the benefits of multilingual pre-primary education in the own mother tongue, and the available teaching resources. The study will make recommendations based on the best examples aiming at the providing parents and teachers with reliable information for their “informed choice” on bilingual or multilingual education.
The project is funded by the European Commission and will last two years (November 2009 – October 2011). For the initial opening seminar of the project  around 40 experts and specialists will be invited to identify best practices in the field, to exchange views and experiences, and to develop common strategies.

The participation on the expert seminar is free (this includes buffet on Wednesday, dinner on Thursday).Travel and accommodation costs are for your own account. If you are interested to participate in this seminar, you can register by sending an e-mail to mercator(a)fryske-akademy.nl. Please register before March 26, 2010. After your registration you will receive a confirmation by e-mail with more detailed information.