The 12th Wulkow Meeting of Directors of Language Centres in Higher Education in Europe, 16-19 January 2020, Viadrina sprachen Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
6 IX 2019, 09:03:00
Languages in Higher Education in Europe:
Academia: Multilingual Utopias and Plurilingual Realities?
The 12th Wulkow Meeting of Directors of Language Centres in Higher Education in Europe
Dates: 16-19 January 2020
Venues: viadrina sprachen Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)
Parkhotel Schloss Wulkow (Brandenburg/ Germany)
Aims of the meeting:
Entering a university cafeteria anywhere in the world, you will be met with the buzzing sound of a wide range of languages spoken by students and staff. Happy language guessing has become the favourite pastime of the language aficionado in our universities. Does this mean that our institutions have become multilingual. Has the language centre dream of a multilingual academia finally come true? Indeed, many universities have reacted to the plurilingual and multicultural realities of a global world by designing and implementing language policies. There is, however, a wide gap between the ideas laid down in those policies and the promotion of an academic multilingualism, favoured by language centres in higher education. Whereas universities consider it sufficient for internationalization to introduce English as a medium of instruction combined with efforts to ensure the survival of the national language in academia, language centres view the plurilingualism of students and staff as an asset that academia should capitalize on.
Wulkow XII will be devoted to measuring the gap between the plurilingual reality of our institutions, the language centre utopia, in which all languages are equally relevant in the academic discourse, and the mainstream ideas of an academia with English plus. In our discussions, we will try to provide theoretical as well as practical answers to the question of how this gap could be bridged.
The role of the language centre in designing and implementing institutional language policies
The role of English and national languages in academia
EMI (English as a medium of instruction
The role of less widely taught languages in academia
Students’ home languages as academic languages
ESP/LSP teaching and learning
Teaching languages to administrative and teaching staff
Realizing academic multilingualism: a research agenda