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Call for Papers

Expert Seminar on the

 “Added Value of Multilingualism and Multilingual Education”

3 – 4 June 2010, Leeuwarden and Galamadammen, Fryslân, The Netherlands

The seminar will be organised by the Mercator Research Centre and the Basque Government.  The project “Added value of multilingualism and multilingual education” will be the central focus of the seminar. This multi-annual project is carried out by the Mercator Research Centre in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country. It is a comparative study of the Basque Autonomous Community and the province of Fryslân. It aims at:

       1) analyzing bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource for the individual and society

       2) analyzing bilingualism and multilingualism as a resource at school

Keynote speakers are

  • Maria-Louisa Garciá Gurrutxaga (Ministry of Education, Basque Government)
  • Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country)
  • Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country - IKERBASQUE)
  • François Grin (University of Geneva)
  • Ulrike Jessner (University of Innsbruck)
  • Reinier Salverda (Fryske Akademy)

You are kindly invited to submit an abstract (max 300 words) for a contribution to the Expert Seminar related to one of the following topics:

  • bi- multilingual education, in particular on the advantages and opportunities of digital learning
  • social benefits & costs of multilingualism
  • multi-competence & multilingualism
  • metalinguistic awareness
  • methodological issues and testing in multilingual contexts

Please include the following details with your abstract: Full name and title; Academic or professional affiliation; Email address; Title of the presentation.

During the seminar papers may be given in English or Spanish (simultaneous translation in English and Spanish are provided).

Abstracts should be send to mhanenburg(a)fryske-akademy.nl by Monday 1st March 2010.

Notification of acceptance will be given by Thursday 1st April.

The participation fee is 150€ (this includes lunches, two conference dinners and a social activity). Please register before 23 May. To our regret we cannot reimburse the costs of your travel or accommodation. For further information about how to reach Ljouwert/Leeuwarden and about hotels see our website www.mercator-research.eu.