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Poliglotti4.eu Expert Seminar on Early Language Learning

Hosted by MERCATOR, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, Fryslân, The Netherlands


9-10 February, 2012

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Presentations 9 February 2012, Day 1

Presentations 10 February 2012, Day 2

Speaker 1, Day 1: Anna Verkade, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning/Fryske Akademy. ’Preliminarily results of the Poliglotti4.eu research on Early Language Learning.

Speaker 1, Day 2: Eowyn Crisfield, Crisfield Educational Consulting. Teacher-education for bilingualism

Speaker 2, Day 1: Bessie Dendrinos, Director of the Research Centre for English Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. ‘Making the shift from monolingual to multilingual ELL teaching & testing

Speaker 2, Day 2: Evdokia Karavas, Department of Language and Linguistics, Faculty of English Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. ‘Introducing English in the first grades of Greek primary schools: The teachers’ response and their emerging training needs

Speaker 3: Cornelia Nath, Ostfriesische Landschaft – Low German Office. ‘Lobbying for Early Language Learning and multilingual awareness in East Frisia

Speaker 3, Day 2: Eibhlín Mhic Aoidh, St Mary’s University College in Belfast. ‘Irish-medium Early Years Education in the north of Ireland’ 

Speaker 4: Mirjam Blumenthal, Koninklijke Kentalis. ‘Bilingualism in children with a disability: a hidden reality’  

Speaker 4, Day 2:  Jarmo Lainio, Stockholm University and Mälardalen University, Sweden
  ‘Pre-schools and early language learning in the context of the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages, and some examples of recent development from Nordic countries

Speaker 5: Sabine Pirchio, University of Rome "Sapienza". ‘How to become bilingual from birth in a monolingual family’

 Speaker 5, Day 2: Benthe Kolberg Jansson & Hilde Traavik, Østfold University College/Bergen University College. ‘Early Start with writing both forms of Written Norwegian

Speaker 6: Maaike Verrips, De Taalstudio. “What do multilingual families need?”


Speaker 7: Hristo Kyuchukov, Free University of Berlin. ‘Acquisition of Romani in bilingual context’

Speaker 6, Day 2: Idske Bangma, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning/Fryske Akademy.  ‘Multilingual Early Language Transmission

Speaker 8, Day 1: Joanna McPake, University of Strathclyde.  ‘Learning to learn (in) Gaelic: The challenge to deliver high quality pre-school provision as part of a language revitalisation programme.