EU ministers today (3 December) formally agreed funding for educational and research programmes Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020, two of the largest budget gainers for the 2014-2020 period.
The decision by ministers meeting for the Competitiveness Council seals two budget tranches that will rise over the next seven years by 30% from the current period to a total of €80 billion in the case of Horizon, and 40% to €14.7 billion for Erasmus+.
The final signature by the European Parliament and the Council is now scheduled for the 11th of December, paving the way for the Erasmus+ programme to enter into force in January 2014.
The IATEFL Young Learner and Teenager SIG (YLTSIG) and the Cyprus Teachers of English Association (CyTEA) are coming together to organize a conference which explores the perspectives and experiences of teaching languages to very young learners of 2 to 6 years of age around the world.
The conference looks at the learning of any additional languages and is not limited to the learning of English as a foreign or second language.
Deadline for receipt of proposals: January 31st 2014
The Languages for the Future report identifies Spanish, Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years. They were chosen based on economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational factors including the needs of UK businesses, the UK’s overseas trade targets, diplomatic and security priorities, and prevalence on the internet.
The international event will take place on 4-5 April 2014 at the University of Alcalá (UAH) in Madrid.
The conference aims to offer PSI&T researchers, practitioners, trainers, academics, public service authorities and people who are generally interested in intercultural communication, translation and interpreting, a forum for dialogue in this changing society, as well as an opportunity to exchange opinions.
The main theme of the Conference is “(Re)visiting Ethics and Strengthening Connections”. Those who are interested should send proposals on the following topics (but not exclusively):
Discussing ethical issues in both research and teaching
Studying interpreters and translators in conflict
Interpreting and translating for victims of war, sexual assault, survivors of torture and trauma, etc.
Exploring connections with other types of interpreting such as conference or court interpreting
Analysing advances in PSI&T between local, national, and international institutions.
The Conference will include plenary lectures, papers, seminars, posters and round tables. Participants delivering papers will have a maximum of 30 minutes (discussion/questions time included). The official languages will be Spanish and English.
All those who are interested in participating are kindly asked to send a 200-word abstract by 29th November 2013 using this webpage. The decision of the Scientific Committee will be sent by 10th December 2013.
This successful conference was held in Brussels on 15 November, 2013, on the latest trends in education across Europe from a minority language perspective.
Under the title Education, a life-changing experience, this year’s conference focused on the importance of education from a minority language perspective. Some of the examples discussed by key European figures in the field were; Dutch, French or German in Belgium, Catalan in Valencia, the Balearic Islands and Catalonia, Swedish in Finland, Finnish in Sweden and Breton in France.
Head of UN DPI, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, and President of ELS, Mark Harris, signed the agreement to host a multilingual essay contest. It was launched at UN Headquarters in New York with a signing ceremony between the UN Department of Public Information and the ELS Educational Services.
The United Nations is asking college and university students to write an essay in one of its six official languages on the role of multilingualism in a globalized world.
The contest, ‘Many Languages, One World,’ supports international education and multilingualism through the continued study of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.