British Council welcome 20 international delegates

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 Birds Eye View (BEV) and the British Council have renewed and expanded their partnership on an International Delegates programme in April 2014.

The Birds Eye View Festival, which runs April 8-13, will welcome 20 female writers, directors and producers for a bespoke series of training, networking and industry events from April 10-14.

Eleven countries are represented including Iraq, Indonesia, Cuba, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Jamaica, Pakistan Romania and Argentina.

This year’s programme builds on 2013’s inaugural run. Again the partners are BAFTA and MoFilm.

At risk of digital extinction: Europe’s smaller languages fight to survive

wordcloudNew language technologies present an important way in which we can enable smaller languages in the linguistically diverse digital age, helping them be heard around the world.

This threat of digital extinction for smaller languages will become even more acute as the internet – and the larger languages that it rode in on – extends into every aspect of our lives, dictating how we speak and think. Smartphones, tablets, mobile apps and social media all increase the reach of the digital universe, accompanying us from the second we wake up (and check the news and our email) to the last moment before we sleep (one final scroll through our Twitter feeds).

How can we reverse this trend for the European languages at risk? Read more 

E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education

In 2002, government leaders of the member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age,” and in 2005, the Union’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective “to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.”

“Learning a foreign language fosters diversity, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue in Europe and beyond,” Dennis Abbott, the European Commission’s spokesman for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, wrote in an email. “But language learning is more than that. In a globalized world, languages are a crucial asset for mobility and jobs, especially for young people.”

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Are musicians better language learners?

Children who learn music from a young age find it easier to learn languages even in adulthood.

Research has found that children who study music before the age of seven develop bigger vocabularies, a better sense of grammar and a higher verbal IQ.

According to the studies, just one hour a week of learning music is enough for the full brain benefits to take place

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The Juvenes Translatores winners will receive their awards at a ceremony in Brussels on 8 April 2014

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation (DG Translation) is organising a contest for schools in the European Union that has been going on since 2007.

If Europeans are to be “united in diversity“, as the EU’s own motto puts it, we need to be able to understand languages other than our own.

In the long run, learning languages will bring us closer and help us understand each other’s cultures. And it will make it easier for you – the adults of tomorrow – to study and work around Europe.

Studies show the ever growing need for translation and translators in Europe. Student should better be ready for this! Juvenes Translatores raises awareness about how translation skills are important and how the use of translation as a “mediation” between languages should be  reassessed in language learning.

The contest has proved hugely popular – 99% of schools that took part in previous contests would like to do so again.

Find out who the winners are and read more about the contest

9th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism

The 9th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism will be held at Uppsala University in June 12-14, 2014. . The International Association of Multilingualism was founded in 2004 and thus celebrates its 10th anniversary during the conference in 2014.

Registration will open in January 2014.