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SEMLANG – Training Language Teachers for a Multilingual Europe

Press release, UL, 31.1.2009

The first consortium meeting of the SEMLANG project took place on January 19th-20th, 2009, at the Centre international d’études pédagogiques in Sèvres. Members of the consortium came to discuss details of the forthcoming SEMLANG Summer University.

The Summer University will focus on the theme of language teacher education and be held at the Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP) from July 6th-10th, 2009. The project is developed by a consortium from six different countries, representing the following institutions: Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (France), Austrian Centre for Language Competence (Austria), Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines (France), National Centre for Professional Development in Education (Poland), Public Service Language Centre (Lithuania), University of Luxemburg (Luxemburg) und University of Venice (Italy).

The project’s objective is to offer a seminar, including seven conferences and sixteen workshops. The aim is to lead to a change in approach to learning and teaching and to engender a more co-operative approach among member states.

The Summer University is designed for foreign language policy–makers throughout Europe, as innovative pedagogical practices will be widely touched upon. The core of the seminar programme is based on the European profile for language teacher education, a report submitted by a team under the direction of Prof. Michael Kelly (University of Southampton) to the European Commission.

More information is available on the project’s website: www.semlang.eu

Within SEMLANG, Ass.-Prof. Dr, Gudrun Ziegler in cooperation with Dr. Katerina Zourou, is concerned with the coordination of the concept of use of languages as well as the set-up of the core-competences survey.

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