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CEL/ELC Newsletter Issue 2, 2015

Jun 23, 2015

1. CEL/ELC Conference and General Assembly

The CEL/ELC is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference: "Engaging Languages. Sciences, Cultures, Societies"

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin

Date: 26 - 27 November 2015

Draft Programme

Day 1, Thursday 26 November 2015

13.00 Registration

Introduction to the conference

Maurizio Viezzi, CEL/ELC President, Università di Trieste


Introduction to Day One: "Les enjeux du multilinguisme pour la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche"

Anne-Claude Berthoud, Université de Lausanne


"Multilinguisme et sciences"

Maria Luisa Villa, Università degli Studi di Milano - Accademia della Crusca

15.15 Break


with an introduction by Piet van de Craen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and conclusions by Manuel Célio Conceição, Universidade do Algarve


Future actions

Wolfgang Mackiewicz, CEL/ELC Past President, Freie Universität Berlin

17.00 End of Day One
17.30 17th CEL/ELC General Assembly (for CEL/ELC members)

Day 2, Friday 27 November 2015


Outcomes of the CEL/ELC Special Interest Group (SIG) on "Languages and intercultural careers"

Michael Kelly, University of Southampton, and Ruth Tobias, Freie Universität Berlin


Outcomes of the CEL/ELC Special Interest Group (SIG) on "Validation, recognition (and evaluation) of informal and non-formal language learning"

Michael Hammersley, Università di Bologna


Outcomes of the CEL/ELC Special Interest Group (SIG) on "Multilingualism and Multiculturalism"

Boris Vejdovsky, Université de Lausanne

10.30 Break

Outcomes of the CEL/ELC Special Interest Group (SIG) on "Developing different models for language policies in Higher Education"

Manuel Célio Conceição, Universidade do Algarve and Jolanta Urbanikowa, Uniwersytet Warszawski


Outcomes of the CEL/ELC Task Force on "Languages in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)"

Karen M. Lauridsen, Aarhus Universitet

11.45 Discussion

Conference report

Régis Ritz, CEL/ELC Honorary Member

13.00 End of Day Two


2. Notes from the coordinators of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

2.1 Mike Kelly & Ruth Tobias: SIG 1 – Languages and intercultural careers

The group’s task is to propose ways in which language programmes in European universities can better equip students to undertake careers that require intercultural competences, including a range of multilingual and multicultural strategies. This is important both for the careers of students and for the future development of languages in European universities.

5 members of the group met at KU Leuven, Brussels on 5 June 2015, hosted by Erik Uytterhoeven. They had wide-ranging discussions of the career outcomes that might be available to graduates with languages, and of the range of skills/competences that should feature as learning outcomes in the area of intercultural understanding. They discussed some of the programmes and modules that are now available, linking intercultural understanding with language learning and teaching. They also discussed preparations for the ELC conference in Berlin in November, where time is allocated for a group meeting at 10.30 on Thursday 26 November. The group’s results will be presented to the ELC plenary meeting on 27 November.

In preparation, all group members are invited to submit details of existing programmes and modules where intercultural understanding is explicitly associated with language learning and teaching, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Bologna cycles 1 & 2), including teacher education and professional development.

Members are also invited to contribute to the preparation of three documents: a list of career outcomes for graduates with languages; a list of learning outcomes that language students should expect to achieve in the area of intercultural understanding and communication; and a bibliography of materials relevant to languages and intercultural, including links to relevant projects.

The group will review the results of the members’ contributions in September and discuss a set of Recommendations and an Action Plan. It hopes to present an interim Report in November at the Berlin meeting. Any ELC members who would like to contribute to the group’s work should contact one of the co-ordinators.

SIG 1 Langues et carrières interculturelles

L’objectif du groupe est de proposer des moyens dont les programmes de langue dans les universités européennes peuvent mieux doter les étudiants à entreprendre des carrières qui nécessitent des compétences interculturelles, y compris une gamme de stratégies multilingues et multiculturelles. Ceci est important à la fois pour les carrières des étudiants et pour le futur développement des programmes de langues dans les universités européennes.

5 membres du groupe se sont réunis à la KU Leuven à Bruxelles, le 5 Juin 2015, pour une réunion hébergée par Erik Uytterhoeven. Le groupe a mené de vastes discussions sur les carrières qui pourraient être accessibles aux diplômés en langues, et de la gamme de compétences qui devraient y apparaître comme résultats d'apprentissage dans le domaine de la compréhension interculturelle. Ils ont discuté de certains programmes et modules existants qui relient la compréhension interculturelle à l'apprentissage et l'enseignement des langues. Ils ont également discuté les préparatifs pour l'événement du CEL à Berlin en Novembre de 2015, où une réunion de groupe aura lieu à 10h30 le jeudi 26 Novembre. Les résultats du groupe seront présentés à la réunion plénière du CEL le 27 Novembre.

En préparation, tous les membres du groupe sont invités à soumettre les détails des programmes et modules existants dans lesquels la compréhension interculturelle est explicitement associée à l'apprentissage et l'enseignement de la langue, pour les niveaux universitaire et postuniversitaire (cycles de Bologne 1 & 2), y compris la formation des enseignants et le développement professionnel.

Les membres sont également invités à contribuer à la préparation de trois documents: une liste de résultats de carrière pour les diplômés en langues; une liste des résultats d'apprentissage que les étudiants en langues devraient atteindre dans le domaine de la compréhension et de la communication interculturelle; et une bibliographie de documents liés aux langues et à la communication interculturelle, y compris des liens vers des projets dans les deux domaines.

Le groupe discutera les résultats des contributions des membres en Septembre et préparera une série de recommandations et un plan d'action. On espère présenter un rapport intérimaire en Novembre lors de la réunion de Berlin. Tous les membres du CEL qui souhaitent contribuer au travail du groupe devraient contacter un des coordinateurs.

Mike Kelly: llas@soton.ac.uk

Ruth Tobias: ruth.tobias@fu-berlin.de


2.2 Michael Hammersley: SIG 2 – Validation, recognition (and evaluation) of informal and non-formal language learning

Following initial discussions and feedback, members of the SIG 2 group have organised online meetings for the last week of June/first week of July to discuss the following main questions:

  • Identification of new tools and methodologies to facilitate and improve the recording and validation of the results of informal and non-formal learning. This might start with the various excellent examples of portfolio systems and consider what further developments could be made or what additional approaches might be feasible;
  • Further investigation of the processes involved in learning that occurs outside formal education systems, possibly also examining how these processes can be linked to teaching practice and better matched to assessment systems.

On the basis of these exchanges, the group will decide specific areas to address in a face-to-face meeting planned for September/October. This meeting will also serve to establish the format and content of the contributions to be presented by the group to the ELC conference in November.

Currently, a dozen colleagues from various teaching and geographic contexts are involved in the group, but any other ELC members who are interested in the broad range of issues within the area of informal and non-formal language learning would be very welcome.

Michael Hammersley: michael.hammersley@unibo.it


2.3 Boris Vejdovsky: SIG 3 – Multilingualism and multiculturalism (The Politics and the Aesthetics of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in a Globalized World)

After centuries during which multilingualism was the privilege of an educated elite, after an era in which multiculturalism was the sign of a liberal cosmopolitan intelligentsia, and, more recently, after decades in which multilingualism and multiculturalism were considered as models of political, economic and ethical integration, they have become questioned and sometimes attacked as economically irrelevant and politically dangerous. A number of countries in Europe, but also around the world, have become more restrictive in their approaches to these subjects, and there has been a definite reaction against the decades in which the "multi" factors were seen as a sign of progress and as beautiful.

The purpose of this Special Interest Group is to examine the values of multilingualism and multiculturalism in our days to define its new goals and objectives. On the one hand, the SIG will seek to identify what has changed in the populations' and governments' attitudes toward multilingualism and multiculturalism, on the other hand, the SIG will seek to propose new avenues of development, suggesting that they are not trends of the past, but really necessary for the future.

Among the questions that the SIG wishes to address is the positioning of multilingualism and multiculturalism against the mono-linguistic trends. The SIG also wishes to reflect on the issue of the diversity of language and culture and its relation to technology. Indeed, in a world of digital humanities, of instantaneous translation, and other devices, resorting to multi-linguistic capabilities may appear as a useless luxury. The SIG also wishes to interrogate these questions from an economic and political point of view. Migratory fluxes have been changing and the challenges of multiculturalism and multilingualism have changed accordingly. The SIG wishes to propose ways in which linguistic and cultural difference can and indeed should be ways of preparing the future of societies on a global scale.

The group had an initial meeting in Brussels in December 2014 and has gradually developed a network of correspondents. Further contacts were established in Lausanne in the spring of 2015. The SIG will present its first work in Berlin in November 2015. In the meantime, correspondents will work by email and video conference. A possible meeting in Brussels has been envisaged mid-September 2015.

To participate in the SIG and for any further information, please contact the convener of the group.

Boris Vejdovsky: boris.Vejdovsky@unil.ch


2.4 Manuel Célio Conceição & Jolanta Urbanikowa: SIG 4 – Developing different models for language policies in Higher Education

The SIG, under the auspices and within the framework of the CEL/ELC, aims at formulating recommendations on how to develop different models for language policies in Higher Education and elaborating proposals for future initiatives at European and international level. The Group, open to academic staff and stakeholders inside and outside higher education, will draw from the experience of CEL/ELC SIG on Higher Education Language Policy – HELP (2003) and contribution of its constituents, presently from 28 different institutions, from 19 countries.

The new SIG will map implementations of language policies in HE in different contexts to provide concrete data about how it reflects the overall mission and vision of an institution. Examples of language policies in HE including the core principles, similarities or differences among them will help prepare a set of relevant recommendations.

The Group will develop a comparative analysis of language policies to find the relationship between the strategic documents and the emergent needs at local / regional / national / European / international level.

For the analysis of the expected results of HELP, languages will be seen as core competence and transversal competence for students and staff and they will be also seen as instrument for individual and institutional development within the respect of diversity.

The SIG will draw up:

  • preliminary recommendations to the CEL/ELC,
  • proposals for future research and development projects at European level,
  • a programme of action to engage institutions, key stakeholders and policy makers.

The recommendation will be based on individual institutional reports covering the following questions/topics:

  1. What is the LP policy of your institution? (who designed it? How? How was it evaluated? Is it explicit or implicit? etc.)
  2. Which conceptions of languages and of multilingualism is it based on? (implicitly or explicitly? Ex. core competence, transversal competence, code to communicate, cultural value, identity value, heritage value, lingua franca, etc.)
  3. Which levels does it cover and how (teaching staff, researchers, non-teaching staff, students)?
  4. Which impact does it want to achieve (governance, learning/teaching, research, relationship with the society, etc) and how?
  5. How does it reflect the overall mission and vision of the institution?

The outcomes of the SIG will be presented at the next ELC conference in Berlin on 26 - 27 November 2015.

Manuel Célio Conceição: mconcei@ualg.pt

Jolanta Urbanikowa: jolanta.urbanik@adm.uw.edu.pl