Albert Morales, lecturer at Ca’Foscari University in Venice, and Irene Torra, former lecturer at the University of Zadar, were the speakers at the Conversation at the Llull on Tuesday 8 April. They are both teachers on the Catalan university studies abroad network, coordinated by the Institut Ramon Llull.
Morales has said that the great challenge is “to captivate our students and future students of Catalan abroad”. And so “the Barcelona and Barça brands are good vehicles for making Catalan language and culture attractive to the world”. Concerning his personal experience, Morales said that he regards himself as “a 2.0 teacher: I often use digital tools and the social networks as educational instruments to bring a wide range of contents to the students”.
For her part, Irene Torra concentrated on the role of the Catalan teacher abroad, who “often has to play many parts in the story, not only the teaching of Catalan”. For her “a reader of Catalan has to be aware of everything that is happening in order to take advantage of it educationally with the students”.
Andreu Bosch, director of the Language and Universities Department of the IRL, chaired the round table and recalled that there are currently over 150 universities all over the world teaching in Catalan and over 6000 students are following Catalan language and culture courses. The IRL promotes Catalan language and culture studies at universities abroad by signing agreements for the introduction or consolidation of Catalan studies, providing support for the universities, teachers and students.
The next Conversation will be on 6 May. Its title is Catalan performing arts in the world, between tradition and modernity. Carles Santos, pianist and composer, and Pere Faura, choreographer and dancer, will be taking part. Àngels Margarit, choreographer, dancer and director of Companyia Mudances, will be in the chair.
Conversations at the Llull offers internationally recognised creators and cultural agents with a window open to debate about the new ideas, tendencies and challenges of Catalan culture from literature, thought, language, music, film, theatre, architecture, design and the visual arts. Occasional cultural encounters open to all sectors and all audiences, they are conceived as small format conversations. Artists, writers, translators, teachers –in short, the international ambassadors of Catalan language and culture– will be meeting every 15 days at IRL headquarters.
More information at: dialegs.llull.cat
Conversations at the Llull brings together two lecturers from the Catalan university studies abroad network
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