European Journal of Language Policy

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Vol. 9, No. 2, 2017

Language Policy and Teacher Team Coordination Practices in Secondary CLIL Schools
1.The policy of Spanish bilingual modelsThe Council of Europe and the European Commission has stressed as crucially important the learning of foreign languages at schools, not only because Europe's cultural heritage is protected but also because it is...
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Eurydice Report: Teaching Languages at School in Europe, 2017 Edition
Main findingsThe 2017 edition of Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe covers a very wide range of subjects in relation to the teaching and learning of foreign languages. These are addressed in five chapters: Context, Organisation, Participation,...
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Essor Du Plurilinguisme Dans le Japon Moderne: Du Plurilinguisme Intensif Pour Les éLites Au Plurilinguisme Extensif Pour Les Masses
1.IntroductionLe Japon, censé étre un pays monolingue, n'est pas dépourvu de diversité linguistique méme de nos jours. L'üNESCO releve huit langues en voie de disparition au Japon : langue Ainou, langue Hachijo, langue Yaeyama, langue Yonakuni, langue...
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Trilingual Education for Ethnic Minority Groups in China with Special Reference to Trilingual CLIL Education in Europe: An Exploratory Study 1
IntroductionA large proportion of countries are characterised by multiethnicity and multilanguage realities that contribute to the cultural diversity and variety worldwide. Multinational countries are confronted with a choice between diversification...
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Towards an Interdisciplinary Lifetime Approach to Multilingualism: From Implicit Assumptions to Current Evidence 1
IntroductionIn the world characterised by globalisation, migration and multiculturalism on one side and by strong, occasionally violent reactions to these phenomena on the other, the topic of multilingualism is becoming increasingly a scientifically...
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Editorial
The value of multilingualism is increasingly recognised, not only in Europe but across the world. There has long been an awareness of the social and economic benefits that multilingualism brings; evidence is now mounting of the educational and cognitive...
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Fact Sheet on the European Union: Language Policy
As part of its efforts to promote mobility and intercultural understanding, the EU has designated language learning as an important priority, and funds numerous programmes and projects in this area. Multilingualism, in the EU's view, is an important...
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Interventions: Anthropologie De L’anglicisation De L’enseignement Supérieur et De la Recherche
Ce n'est qu'å partir du XIVe siecle qu'il s'est faiten France une langue commune : les dialectessont passes alors å l'état de patois, n'ayant plus deculture litteraire et ne servant plus qu'aux usagesde la vie commune. Dictionnaire de la languefrançaise,...
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Protocole Pour la Garantie Des Droits Linguistiques
[Ce document est le résultat d'un processus de debats et de consensus entre experts et agents specialises dans les langues et les droits de l'homme. Il est signé en décembre 2016 a Donostia/ Saint Sébastien, et publié en cinq langues. Nous reproduisons...
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Vol. 9, No. 1, 2017

Interventions: Introduction
Alongside the publication of original articles, the EJLP has a regular section devoted to making available a selection of documents that have already entered the public domain in some form. These include policy documents, reports, briefings, extracts...
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Refugees Need Language - How Can Volunteers Give Support?
[The Editor is grateful to the Council of Europe for granting permission to reproduce this text. Its author, em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Krumm, is a member of the coordination group of the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) programme....
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Lingua Receptiva: Position Paper on the European Commission's Skills Agenda
[This position paper was published on 11 May 2016. It was written by Jan D. ten Thije (Utrecht University), Charlotte Gooskens (University of Groningen), Frans Daems (University of Antwerp), Leonie Cornips (Maastricht University, Meertens Institute),...
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The European Commission's Language Policy: Challenges and Priorities
Presentation at the CEL/ELC Forum, on "Languages and societal challenges. The role of higher education", in Milan December 20161Dear Professor Conceiçâo, lieber Wolfgang, Professoressa Zanola, dear colleagues and friends,Thank you for inviting me to...
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Singlish: An Illegitimate Conception in Singapore's Language Policies?
Conceiving (of) a common tongueLike numerous other post-colonial states, Singapore sees language as a high-priority instrument for nation building. Singapore's quest for a common language to unite its linguistically heterogeneous population is not unlike...
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English Language Policy in Thailand
IntroductionThailand along with many other countries in Asia and especially ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) has in recent years given increasing prominence to the role of English in language policy. As such it provides a window into current...
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Language Policy in Asian Contexts: Introduction
Studies reported in this journal have so far mostly addressed language policy issues in European contexts. This special issue brings together six contributions addressing language policies in Asian contexts. The purpose is to join the discussion of language...
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Vol. 8, No. 2, 2016

Editorial
A central concern of language policy is the forms of intervention that may be carried out by governments or other agencies in order to shape the learning or use of particular languages. The issues of national language management are the principal focus...
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The Loi Toubon and EU Law: A Happy or a Mismatched Couple?
IntroductionMore than 20 years ago, the law on the use of the French language was passed. It is commonly referred to as the Toubon law, after the Minister of Culture at the time.1 The law regulates language use in various fields of the public and private...
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A Planning Error Revealed: Mother Tongue Education (1998-2010) in Hong Kong
IntroductionThe choice of medium of instruction (MOI) is primarily affected by two considerations. The most prominent consideration is economic. Rapid internationalization and marketization have given rise to the increasing adoption of English as the...
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Enactment Processes in the Implementation of European and National Foreign Language Proficiency Policies: The Case of Spanish as an Optional School Subject in the Swedish School System 1
AimThe overall aim of this article is to describe and analyse a number of frame factors that impose constraints on the implementation of Spanish as an optional subject in the Swedish comprehensive school, grades 6-9. We analyse the implementation from...
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When the Language Bonus Becomes an Onus: A Belgian Case Study
1. IntroductionThe general focus of this research is the official regulation of the so-called language bonus in Belgium and how it affects the employees of the state-owned company X. At the request of the company we have left out its name and any references...
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Critical Discourse Analysis in Developing Vocational English Context
Introduction2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan. Over the 25 years of its development, Kazakhstan has become an important state in Eurasia, which has a considerable weight in world politics. In terms of contemporary socio-economic...
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Interventions: Les Dimensions Linguistiques De Toutes Les Matières Scolaires
Conseil de l'Europe[Note de la rédaction. Le texte qui suit comprend deux extraits, l'Introduction et la Conclusion, du Guide publié en 2015 par le Conseil de l'Europe, sous le titre Les dimensions linguistiques de toutes les matières scolaires. Un Guide...
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Putting a Pluriliteracies Approach into Practice 1
In cooperation with Ana Halbach and Do CoyleA. IntroductionA pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning (PTL) puts subject literacy development in more than one language at the core of learning because we believe subject literacies are the key...
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Study on Foreign Language Proficiency and Employability: Executive Summary 1
Policy contextThe 2002 Barcelona objective "to improve the mastery of basic skills in particular by teaching at least two foreign languages from a very early age" and to provide young people with foreign language competences that will support economic...
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Languages in a New Skills Agenda for Europe
[Editor's note: The following extracts are taken from the European Commission's Communication, A New Skills Agenda For Europe: Working Together to Strengthen Human Capital, Employability and Ccompetitiveness (Brussels, 10.6.2016 COM(2016) 381 final),...
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Born Global: Implications for Higher Education 1
IntroductionLanguage study to degree level is of great value to individuals, to the economy and to the cultural and intellectual life of the nation. Yet these benefits are under-appreciated.Many young people, even those emerging from university with...
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Improving the Effectiveness of Language Learning: CLIL and Computer Assisted Language Learning 1
4 Policy lessonsDrawing together the findings from the literature review, the ECML resources, the Group's experiences and the case studies it is possible to see to what extent CLIL and CALL can make a difference to the effectiveness of language learning,...
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Failure at School 1
Council of EuropeFacts and figuresAn average of 12% of pupils and students drop out of school or training every year in Europe (Eurostat survey) and many more fail to reach their academic potential.Several recent studies show that inadequate linguistic...
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Vol. 8, No. 1, 2016

Editorial
Many reports have emphasised that multilingualism is a challenge. Amin Maalouf 's widely commented report of 2008 called it a "Rewarding Challenge" and discussed "How the multiplicity of languages could strengthen Europe" (European Commission 2008b)....
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The Significance of Multilingual Education and the Role of CLIL: An Introduction
An introductionStudents of multilingualism and education at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) have produced the next three papers, Irina Leca, Linh Nguyen Thi Thuy and Yvonne Mathole. Let us first agree on what is meant by multilingual education....
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Using Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to Address Multilingualism in South African Schools
IntroductionIt is concerning to learn that Africa is the only continent where the majority of children start their schooling using a foreign language (UNESCO n.d.). Van de Craen et al. (2007) indicate that while schools are making progress in the application...
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Lifespan Multilingual Education, a Long-Term Investment
IntroductionAccording to the United Nations individuals aged over 60 years are the fastest growing age group on earth (Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division 2007). There are currently 901 million people over 60 years old in the...
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Reconsidering the First Steps of CLIL Implementation in Vietnam
IntroductionConsidered as an innovation in language learning, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a "dual-focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the learning and teaching of both content and language"...
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A Parochial Lost Cause? the Micro-Politics of Language Revitalization Initiatives in Jersey (Channel Islands)
1. IntroductionThe Channel Islands, of which Jersey is the largest, occupy a unique geographical and constitutional position in relation to the United Kingdom and the European Union, to neither of which they properly belong - see Figure 1 below, and...
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Interventions: Quelles Langues Parle-T-On Dans Les Entreprises En France?
[Note de la rédaction: Nous remercions bien vivement Claude Truchot, qui nous a généreusement permis de publier les pages suivantes. Elles sont parues récemment dans son ouvrage Quelles langues parle-t-on dans les entreprises en France ? Les langues...
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The Role of Languages in the European Higher Education Area
MemorandumConseil Européen pour les Langues/European Language Council (CEL/ELC)December 2015IntroductionClosely linked to the development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), internationalisation seems to be considered one of the main drivers...
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MEMO: Les Enjeux Du Multilinguisme Pour la Qualité De L'enseignement Supérieur et De la Recherche Dans le Contexte De L'internationalisation
Si l'on admet aujourd'hui l'importance du multilinguisme pour la société, la culture et plus récemment pour l'économie, le monde de la science échappe encore largement à un tel questionnement. Or, la science se fait et se transmet, elle aussi, dans et...
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Vol. 7, No. 2, 2015

Editorial
Language education policy across Europe is encountering difficulties on many levels. The ability of Europeans to hold a conversion in a second or third language is still modest: about half of young people manage to speak a second language to this level...
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Réflexions Sur Une Politique Linguistique éDucative Au Grand-Duché De Luxembourg
I. Politique et politique linguistique éducativeAu cours des deux dernières décennies, les différents programmes gouvernementaux ont défini et en partie mis en oeuvre des politiques linguistiques éducatives (PLE).2 Cette volonté clairement affichée de...
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Perception of Initial Language Teacher Education in Greece and Curriculum Evaluation among EFL Student Teachers
1. IntroductionThe focus of this paper is on the pre-service education and training (PRESETT) of English language teachers in Greece. Though PRESETT tends to be a neglected area within the wider field of ELT, given that in terms of research conducted...
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The Policy and Practice of Teacher Target Language Use in Post-Primary Foreign Language Classrooms in Ireland
1. IntroductionLanguage teaching practice is informed by language teaching theory and policy as well as myriad influences that the teacher must contend with in the classroom, the school and the wider language teaching and learning landscape. In Ireland,...
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Interventions
Languages in education and training: Final country comparative analysis1Executive summaryContextThe Commission's Staff Working Document on Language competences for employability, mobility and growth2 highlights the contribution language skills can make...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015

Creating a Framework for a Large-Scale Implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning: The First Steps
Since its inception, the European Union has promoted multilingualism. European policy states that by age 18 every European citizen should be fluent in two languages in addition to their mother tongue (European Commission 1995). The need for multilingualism...
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Content and Language Integrated Learning in the Catalan-Speaking Territories of Spain: Catalonia, the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands
During the last two decades Spain has not been unaware of growing attention paid to the advantages that Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) offers as an alternative to traditional language teaching, which "is not bearing the expected fruits"...
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Challenges to Multilingual Language Teaching: Towards a Transnational Approach
For the past twenty years or more, the prevalence of multilingualism has been identified as a communications challenge to international institutions (European Institute 1993). During that time, the promotion of multilingualism has become a core value...
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Editorial
The economic crisis of the last seven years casts a long shadow over the development of language education policy. At national level, it has significantly reduced the amount of funding available, whether to maintain the level of language provision or...
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Recent European Union Initiatives in Support for Languages
Council of Europe project: Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM)The Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe has undertaken an extensive project on the linguistic integration of adult migrants (LIAM), which is reflected in a well populated...
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A Critical Analysis of Language Policy in ScotlandAlison Phipps and Giovanna Fassetta
Scottish policy and language planningThis paper represents an attempt to provide a theoretical basis for thinking through practical strategies in the context of language diversity in Scotland, since Scottish devolution in 1997 and through the period...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, 2014

Editorial
Language education is an area of increasing anxiety and tension in the European Union and also in other parts of the world. Recent surveys reported in this journal have shown disappointing levels of language competence among European citizens, with the...
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Interventions
UNESCO policy decision on multilingualismAt the 194th meeting of its Executive Board,1 meeting in Paris on 14th April 2014, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed the following decision on multilingualism.Item...
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De la Loi Toubon À la Loi Fioraso: Quel Cadre Légal Pour Les Formations En Anglais Dans Les Universités Françaises ?
1. Enseigner en langue étrangère dans les universités françaisesEn avril et mai 2013, l'actualité a été marquée par une polémique que l'on pourrait hâtivement qualifier de « franco-française » mais qui, en réalité, concerne l'ensemble des pays de l'OCDE....
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Perspectives on Educational Language Policy: Institutional and Students' Voices in Higher Education1
1. Educational language policy in higher education institutions: backgroundHigher Education Institutions (HEIs) are fundamental to social development since they are drivers of change in various areas, such as economics, culture, science and technology....
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The Adult Learner in Gaelic Language-in-Education Policy: Language Revitalisation and the CEFR
1. Introduction1Scottish Gaelic (hereafter 'Gaelic') language revitalisation is high on the Scottish Government's agenda. Gaelic language acquisition is considered to have a major role to play in this revitalisation effort. As I will discuss, however,...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2014

Editorial
Statements from governments and policymakers on the area of languages and multilingualism are becoming more preoccupied with the creation of jobs and growth. However, the controversies that seethe around languages are more frequently focused on the inclusion...
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Meeting Language-in-Education Policy Aims: Catalonia in the Twenty-First Century
1. IntroductionIn recent years, the Catalan language in Spain has gone from receiving no institutional support under the Franco dictatorship (1939-75) to being the chief language of administration and education. Indeed, during the school year 1999/2000,...
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Des Textes Clairs et Bien éCrits S'adressant À L'allocutaire
Dans son article « Le langage clair suédois destiné aux institutions d'État - une application aux rapports d'autopsie », Jean-François Michard s'en prend aux politique et loi linguistiques suédoises. Jean-François Michard s'attaque avant tout au concept...
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Recent Developments in EU Language Policy
The EU's language policy is well established and has not significantly changed in outline in recent years. It is well summarised in a round-up of the state of play in the form of Frequently Asked Questions on the EU's approach to multilingualism, which...
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CELAN Network: Vademecum
Why this Vademecum?This Vademecum is designed to arouse interest in the results of the CELAN Network project Language Strategies for Competitiveness and Employability, which was carried out in the period January 2011-March 2013 with support from the...
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Report of the President of the CEL/ELC2
Delegates,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...
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Language Planning and Student Experiences: Intention, Rhetoric, and Implementation
Joseph Lo Bianco and Renata Aliani, 2013, Language Planning and Student Experiences: Intention, Rhetoric, and Implementation (Multilingual Matters, Bristol)Language Planning and Student Experiences: Intention, Rhetoric, and Implemen- tation is an example...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013

Editorial
The situation for languages in Europe is changing rapidly, with major shifts in language practice and serious challenges to linguistic diversity. One of the major challenges in language policy is to promote the value of multilingualism in European societies...
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The Colonial Legacy of French and Subsequent Postcolonial Policy
AbstractThis article examines the legacy of French in the Francophone world. It traces the emergence of the French language in the ninth century and its extension in western Europe until the colonial period, when the language became established as dominant...
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Is It Possible to Directly Transfer Concepts on Evaluation in the CEFR to Foreign Language Education in Japan?
Abstract'The Common European framework of reference for languages (CEFR)', published In 2001 by the Council of Europe, has subsequently Influenced proficiency assessment In language education across Europe and also In Japan. Since 2006, Osaka University...
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The Attractiveness of Second-Cycle and PhD Studies in Europe - a Question among Others: Which Language?
AbstractPromotion of cultural and linguistic diversity is a priority in international contexts, but it seems that this can be an obstacle both to the transmission of knowledge in higher education and to production in the fields of research. In Italy,...
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Interventions
Language competences for employability, mobility and growthMichael KellyUniversity of SouthamptonIn September 2012, the European Commission published a wide-ranging Communication: Rethinking Education: Investing in Skills for Better Socioeconomic Outcomes....
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Vol. 5, No. 1, 2013

Editorial
Policies on the area of languages and multilingualism are becoming more pressing in European societies, since they are a key factor in the creation of jobs and growth, in the inclusion and exclusion of citizens and in the passionately held identities...
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Language-Rich Europe: Key Findings and Discussion
In spite of the challenges involved in the comparison of policies and practices for multi/plurilingualism in different national or regional contexts, the comparative data presented in this study provide a rich source of cross-national insights.1 Leaving...
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Higher Education Language Policy: Report of the CEL/ELC Working Group
1. Background: language policy - what and why?The twenty-first century has witnessed a dramatic increase in the internationalisation of higher education.1 This is due to a number of interrelated factors: open borders and globalisation in general have...
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The Future of Language Degrees: Report of CEL/ELC Special Interest Group
Young people graduating from university know that it is increasingly important to be able to work in different linguistic and cultural environments.1 As a result, students of many different subjects are taking up language learning. At the same time,...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, 2012

Editorial
The growing diversity of languages and cultures present in all of our societies permeates every aspect of social life, though in many areas the language issues are not well understood by those directly involved, and may not have received much attention...
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Interventions: Recent Language Developments in the EU
Eurobarometer survey on Europeans and their languagesThe Special Eurobarometer (386) survey on 'Europeans and Their Languages' was carried out in spring 2012. Almost 27,000 people were interviewed face-toface in their mother tongue. All 27 Member States...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring

Editorial
Liste d'abbréviationsAGR Avant-Garde du RhinCAHR Comité d'Action economique du Haut-RhinCCI Chambre de Commerce et d'industrieDRH Directeur des Ressources humainesDYLAN Dynamique des Langues et gestion de la diversitéELF English as Lingua francaEUCOR...
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Introduction: Presentation of the Forum
In the sciences we are accustomed to making a distinction between fundamental research, aiming at a deeper understanding of the world and the creation of new knowledge, without asking for immediate application, and 'oriented' research aiming at the elaboration...
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The SIGTIPS Final Report
The Special Interest Group on Translation and Interpreting for Public Services (SIGTIPS) was set up in 2010 by the Conseil Européen pour les Langues/European Language Council. It was chaired by Maurizio Viezzi (University of Trieste) and consisted of...
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Recent EU Policy on Languages
The summer and autumn of 2011 were busy months for the development of EU language policy, reaffirming the long-term commitment to multilingualism through a series of papers and reports, and an important statement of policy by the European Council of...
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