Academic journal article European Journal of Language Policy

Report of the President of the CEL/ELC2

Academic journal article European Journal of Language Policy

Report of the President of the CEL/ELC2

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Colleagues and friends,

Dear Honorary Member Régis Ritz,

The reports I delivered at the 13th and 14th General Meetings were rightly considered to be a bit on the long side. This is one of the reasons why the report I am presenting today is a bit shorter - but only a bit. Moreover, it is not really for me to outline a work programme for the coming 12 months and beyond, or to reflect on what services the CEL/ELC could and should provide to its active and associate members. However, I very much look forward to hearing your ideas and proposals regarding the ELC's mission in the period 2014 to 2020 - both at this General Meeting, and later on, in Workshop Three.

The CEL/ELC's working groups

I started off last year's Report of the President by providing an overview of the CEL/ELC's working groups. I mentioned the Working Group on Higher Education Language Policy, chaired by Karen M. Lauridsen, the Special Interest Group on the Future of Language Degrees, chaired by Mike Kelly and Boris Vejdovsky, and the Consultative Group on Rethinking Multilingualism, chaired by myself.

Those of you who attended our 2012 Forum will remember that outcomes of the three working groups were presented at the Forum. A few months later, the final reports of the two first-mentioned groups were published in our Journal. At last year's General Meeting I held out the prospect of the Rethinking Multilingualism group finishing its report in the early months of 2013. Unfortunately, we failed to do so - and I have to blame myself for this. That said, I have not yet given up hope that some of the group's lead experts will draft a final report in the first half of 2014. I am glad to say that earlier this year Hannah Dunham prepared an overview of the main outcomes of the group's deliberations, which can serve as a starting point for the preparation of the final report.

The publication of the final report of a working group does not necessarily mean that we have said it all. It is, therefore, not surprising that the first workshop held yesterday was devoted to modern language degrees. As those of you who attended our second workshop yesterday know, we are soon going to have another working group - to be more precise, a Task Force on "The Role of Languages in the European Higher Education Area", again chaired by Karen M. Lauridsen. The initiative marks a new development in that we hope that a number of leading stakeholder organisations, such as EUA, EURASHE, ENQA, ESU and ACA will see fit to join the group. In addition, the Board came out in favour of setting up an internal Task Force devoted to this theme, comprised of Board members, in order to make sure that member institutions and organi- sations can both inform and be informed by the work of the European Task Force.

European projects co-ordinated by CEL/ELC member institutions and by the CEL/ELC

Projects funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)

In last year's Report, I provided an overview of past, ongoing and possible future LLP projects. At present, there are two major LLP projects running that are co-ordinated by CEL/ELC member institutions.

* IntlUni - the Challenges of the multilingual and multicultural learning space - a three-year Erasmus Academic Network, co-ordinated by Karen M. Lauridsen of Aarhus University. IntlUni officially started on 1 October 2012. Most of you will have been informed about the project's aims and activities at yesterday's Workshop Two. What Karen finds fascinating - and I share her view - is the fact that among the partner representatives there are quite a few young PhD students. Let's hope that some of them will also become involved in future CEL/ELC activities. I hasten to add that Karen also has a large number of experienced colleagues in her project - in other words, a good mixture.

* MAGICC - Modularising multilingual and multicultural academic communication competence at BA and MA level - a three-year Erasmus Multilateral Project, co-ordinated by Brigitte Forster Vosicki of l'Université de Lausanne. …

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