In this year’s European Commission call for proposals there is once again a focus on multilingualism and a call for collaborative projects (large-scale integrating research project) in this area. The Commission underlines that there is a ‘considerable gap between citizens who are proficient in two or more languages and who can thus benefit from all professional and personal opportunities that the EU can offer, and those who – because they only speak their mother tongue – find their opportunities limited.’
The following research dimensions (abridged below) are highlighted in the 2013 call:
- Comparative analyses of the past and present language related policies and actions of the EU, individual European countries, the Council of Europe and other parts of the world.
- Research into past and present coping strategies (e.g. political, social, cultural, educational) of linguistic diversity in situations of language hegemony.
- Research onto how to strike a balance between preserving linguistic diversity (and the associated identity) and facilitating effective communication between all European citizens
- Assessment of language teaching at various levels (pre-school, primary, secondary, adult – lifelong learning) and of various forms of language learning (family teaching, informal learning in peer groups).
- Research on multilingual education and learning, as well as emerging needs related to enlargement, migration and globalisation.
- Assessment of new technological tools, new forms of communication, new media and their effect on multilingual skills.
For more information on the call for proposals please visit the European Commission’s website