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ELEN statement regarding the Spanish Supreme Court ruling against Catalan-medium education

The European Language Equality Network, the international organization for the protection, promotion and well-being of territorial and endangered European languages, strongly condemns the Supreme Court decision against Catalan-medium education which has ruled that schools must teach 25% of classes in Spanish. "The court ruling, if implemented, will have a severe negative impact on the immersion model itself and the whole ethos of immersion education. It will result in a decline in Catalan proficiency amongst schoolchildren as well as being deeply divisive to Catalan society."

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Norway protects Lule Sami and South Sami

Norway notified the Council of Europe that it will apply Part III of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages to strengthen the protection and promotion of the Lule Sami language and the South Sami language.

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Students who feel multi-lingual perform better

Young people who consider themselves multilingual tend to perform better across a wide range of subjects at school, regardless of whether they are fluent in another language, shows new research from Cambridge.

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Mercator project VirtuLApp honoured with several awards

Mercator's Erasmus+ project VirtuLApp has won the second prize of the Nuffic European Language Label for innovative education. The European Language Label is a European award to encourage innovative language projects and was presented at the Living Languages Congress 2021. The jury judged: 'The AR game is very innovative and can be played in 14 languages in every classroom.' Earlier in November, VirtuLApp's game BabelAR has been selected as one of three winners in the category Digital Product for the Henry van de Velde Awards '22. These Awards showcase Belgian products and services that demonstrate the added value of design.Until December 23, people can still vote on BabelAR for the Henry van de Velde audience award.

Catalan call for defense of digital linguistic rights

The president of Plataforma per la Llengua, Òscar Escuder, sent a letter to Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President and Head of the EU working group 'A Europe fit for the digital age', denouncing that the Spanish state ignores the European Parliament's resolution to promote linguistic diversity on the Internet.

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Minority report presented in Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein presented a new minority report in the State Parliament in Kiel. It provides information about the minorities and their work in the German-Danish border region as well as about the ethnic groups of the Frisians and the German Sinti and Roma living in Schleswig-Holstein.

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Comprehension sessions

New methodology: Understand basic sentences in Basque in 60 hours

CUSC webinars

Sociolinguistics & language policy; recordings on Youtube

Call for Papers:

JEMIE journal

The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) welcomes research articles, commentaries, and book reviews from practitioners, academics, and students on all aspects of ethnopolitics and minority issues. Deadline: 15 January 2022.

Call for Papers


Welsh model for (Māori) language revitalisation

The University of Waikato (NZ) and Cardiff University (UK) have launched a strategic partnership. This must bring expertise from Cardiff into Waikato's Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, as they consider Welsh a model for language revitalisation.

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Digital Buddy Box for Afghan refugee children

The free digital Buddy Box is designed for Afghan refugee children and can easily be used to learn English in school. Afghan languages Dari and Pashto are translated into English by using text, pictures and audio.

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CUSC presents research on Catalan in social media

CUSC researchers Avel·lí Flors-Mas and Marina Massaguer present the report 'Català, youtubers i instagramers.. [Catalan, youtubers and instagrammers: a starting point to promote the use of the language] on Dec 3rd.

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Webinar on family

language policies

On 8th December at 4pm CET, all are welcome at the webinar on family language policies among parents raising multilingual children in Quebec. Mercator researcher Dr Ruth Kircher is one of the speakers.

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Elin Haf Gruffydd-Jones new ELEN President

At the annual General Assembly of ELEN (European Language Equality Network), professor Elin Haf Gruffydd-Jones of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was unanimously elected to be the new President.

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Call for Papers online ICLASP 2022 (Hong Kong)

The 17th International Conference for Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP 17; 22-25 June, 2022) welcomes papers that specialize in the application and development of theories of language perceptions, attributions, and language use.

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Minority Language Education in the Spotlight

"It is key to increase the visibility of minority languages with little or no place in the education system [...]". Mercator researchers Ydwine Scarse and Ruth Kircher wrote an interesting blog post about Mercator's Wiki on Minority Language Learning.

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8 December 2021, online
Webinar on family language policies among parents raising multilingual children in Quebec (with Mercator researcher Dr Ruth Kircher a.o.)
Organised by TESOL

15 - 16 December 2021, (Online)
The Value of Languages in a Multilingual World
Organised by Multilingualism Research Centre (MRC)/ Macquarie University Sydney (Australia)

16-19 December 2021, Tirana (Albania)
Conference 'Endangered Languages and Diaspora'
Organised by the Foundation for Endangered Languages and the Center for Research and Publication on Arbëresh

8 February 2022, online
ENROPE keep-in-touch meeting
Organised by the partners in the Erasmus+ project ENROPE and the LANGscape research group

11-12 March 2022, online
Virtual conference: Youth Engagement in Minority and Regional Languages
Organised by University College Dublin

Spring 2022 (postponed), TBA
International conference: Multi-platform and Connecting Communities: Contemporary Challenges for Minority Language Media
Organised by Europa Universität Flensburg, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) and the University of the Basque Country

1 april 2022, Leuven (Belgium)
Sociolinguistic Circle 2022 
* Call for Papers is open
Organised by the KU Leuven

22-24 June 2022, Granada (Spain)/ online
International Conference 'Future Challenges in Early Language Learning and Multilingual Education (ELLME2022)
Organised by Universidad de Granada

22-25 June 2022, online
17th International Conference of Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP17)
* Call for Papers is open
Organised by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

27-29 June 2022, Warsaw (Poland)
World Congress of Modern Languages and the Annual Conference of the Polish Association of Modern Languages
Organised by the International Federation of Language Teacher Associations, the Polish Association of Modern Languages and the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw

13-16 July 2022, Ghent (Belgium)
Sociolinguistics Symposium 24 - Inside and beyond binaries
Organised by Ghent University

4-5 August 2022, Tromsø (Norway)
4th International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children
* Call for Papers is open
Organised by the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

8-12 August 2022, Koblenz (Germany)
39th International LAUD Symposium 'Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and cultural conceptualisation'
Organised by the University of Koblenz-Landau

13-16 September 2022, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
2nd Conference on Frisian Humanities
Organised by Fryske Akademy, Mercator, NHLStenden, the University of Groningen, and RuG/Campus Fryslân

15-17 September 2022, Zagreb (Croatia)
12th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
Organised by University of Zagreb

6-7 October 2022, Joensuu (Finland)
International Conference on Multilingual Awareness and Multilingual Practices
* Call for Papers is open
Organised by University of Eastern Finland

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