The Institut Ramon Llull is taking part in the IV International Symposium on the Teaching of Catalan, which will be held on 4 and 5 April at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia. The symposium is a continuation of earlier ones, also held in Vic in 1981, 1991 and 2002, which brought together hundreds of professionals to analyse the development of methodology in the teaching of the language and the changes in the sociolinguistic situation of our society
The opening, on Friday at 9.30, will be led by the president of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas. The councillors of Education, Irene Rigau, and Culture, Ferran Mascarell, will also be attending, as will the chancellor of the UVic-CCC, Jordi Montaña, and the mayor of the city, Josep M. Vila d’Abadal.
The symposium will provide an opportunity for analysis and debate to discover the present situation of Catalan language teaching at different levels in the various Catalan-speaking territories, as well as overseas. It will include the latest contributions from the disciplines related to the acquisition and learning of second and third languages.
Among the speakers are 15 lecturers from the Catalan university studies abroad network, coordinated by the IRL: Carme Calduch, University of Cambridge; Ester Pou, Queen Mary University of London; Imma Martí, University of Bochum; Jon Landa: University of Turin; Jordina Sala, University of Exeter; Maria Lacueva, Universities of Heidelberg and Saarlandes; Montserrat Casacuberta, University of Rennes 2; Montserrat Ruiz: University of Frankfurt; Òscar Bernaus, University of Leipzig; Anna Brasas, State University of Moscow; Annabel Gràcia, University of Granada; Elsa Úbeda, University of Columbia; Joan Mut, University of Helsinki; Pau Bori, University of Belgrade; and Laia Darder, Brown University. The last four will be speaking by videoconference. The director of the Language and Universities Department of the IRL, Andreu Bosch, will also be taking part in one of the sessions on Saturday at midday.
In addition to the academic programme, two cultural events are scheduled for the symposium. On Friday there will be a performance of Joc d’amor, a play by the students of the Osona Language Normalisation Consortium and language volunteer participants, and on Saturday the musical show De Rafael Subirachs i Ricart a Rafael Subirachs i Vila, given by the Vic musician.
The symposium is organised by the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, the Catalan Government, Vic City Council, the Language Normalisation Consortium, the Vives Universities Network and the Institut Ramon Llull.
You can consult the complete programme here.
15 lecturers from the Catalan university studies abroad network will be taking part
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