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Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages I (TNP1)

The Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages was launched in September 1996 and came to an end in August 1999. In its third and final year it involved 123 partner organisations - 115 universities and 8 academic and professional associations - in the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania. The project was structured into nine sub-projects, each dedicated to a key issue from the large and complex area of languages. These included

  • transversal issues, such as Multilingualism and the less widely used and less taught languages, Intercultural communication, New technologies and language learning, and Postgraduate studies;
  • issues linked to specific professions, such as Language teacher training, Translation and interpreting, including the training of trainers, and the all-important issue of Language studies for students of other disciplines;
  • issues linked to 'traditional' sub-disciplines, such as Dictionaries and Testing.

The principal aim of the Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages was to respond to the challenges posed to Higher Education by a multilingual and multicultural Europe. It did so by developing recommendations and proposals for language and language-related programmes designed to meet the demands in the professional, economic and social environments. The idea was to encourage universities to implement the recommendations and to support the proposals.

The projects results and outcomes are organized under the various sub project headings:

SP1: Multilingualism and the less widely used and less taught languages

SP2: Intercultural communication 

  • General Recommendations
  • Report on the workshop on Intercultural Communication held at the Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Boulogne sur Mer, on 14 and 15 May 1999

SP3: New technologies and language learning

  • Report on Autonomy and self-instruction in language learning
  • General report of sub-project
  • Progress report on Teaching and Learning Languages Enhanced by New Technologies (TALLENT)

SP4: Postgraduate studies

  • Profile of a university programme and advanced level in Applied Language studies
  • A report on strengthening international collaboration in postgraduate language studies

SP6: Language teacher training and bilingual education - National Reports

SP7: Translation and Interpreting, including the "training of trainers" strand

SP8: Language studies for students of other disciplines

  • Report (in French and English) on the Organisation of Language Teaching for Students of Other Disciplines in Institutions of Higher Education in Europe
  • Report of workshop on Second Language Needs in the Professional World: towards a realistic training of students in universities and tertiary education institutions, Madrid, October 1998
  • Report on definitions and aims
  • A list of recommendations based on the work undertaken in the three-year project period
  • Presentation of a survey of student mobility

SP9: Dictionaries

  • A dossier entitled Dictionaries in Language Learning, containing recommendations, summaries of 12 national reports, 10 thematic reports, and a bibliography and resource list

SP10: Testing/Assessment

  • Assessing the Language Proficiency of Modern Language (Under)Graduates: a report on a survey and feasibility study