Multilingualism and policy

Introduction To The Focal Subjects

"Multilingualism And Policy" – Multilingual Policy


Without a considered and systematic language policy, individuals as well as education systems take decisions with at best short-term benefit, a society jeopardises any existing linguistic diversity as well as democratic and social cohesion.
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The conference in Dortmund. Photo: Yueksel Ekinci Kocks/Ali Osman Oeztuerk

How multilingual is Germany after 50 years of immigration

What role does multilingualism play in schools and other public institutions? And how is immigration and multilingualism policy shaped in Germany? These were the two featured questions asked at the international conference “50 Years Later: Immigration – Multilingualism – Education” in Dortmund in October.More ...
Are our computers equipped to handle a multilingual Europe? Photo: © META-NET

New technology for Europe’s many languages

Excluding the numerous regional and minority dialects and languages in Europe, 23 languages are spoken in the European Union. But are our computers equipped to handle a multilingual Europe?More ...

”Friendship, not just communication“ – An interview with Jürgen Trabant

Jürgen Trabant, a Romanist, talks about the significance of multilingualism for European culture.More ...

The Silent Language Community

What languages are spoken in Germany? Apart from German, people think of such immigrant languages as Turkish or Italian as well as regional languages like Sorbish, Danish, or Friesian. But there is yet another language, spoken by around 200,000 people.More ...

“If I had the courage, I’d learn Arabic“

A conversation with the former Israeli ambassador in Germany, Avi Primor, on multilingualism, learning foreign languages and languages one wished one could speak.More ...
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Not merely knowledge of foreign languages is needed in the world today but multilingualism

Whereas right into the nineteen sixties foreign languages were largely a reserve of the educated, the rich and particular professions, today they are a component part of many people's everyday lives.More ...
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Living Multilingualism

In a competition conducted before an audience in Berlin, Ana-Maria Baracaldo showed, in the "Emotional Street Speaking" category, what individual multilingualism means. See and hear what it means not only to speak about multilingualism, but also to live it.More ...

“Europe’s Wealth Consists Essentially in its Variety of Languages”

An interview with Professor Dr. Gerhard Stickel, President of the European Federation of National Institutions for LanguageMore ...

"Translation means Both Enrichment and Loss" – German in the Sciences

Is science nowadays still multilingual, and what role does the German language play in science? We discussed this question with Felix Grigat, the editor in charge of the university and scientific journal Forschung & Lehre (i.e. Research & Teaching).More ...

Migration and Integration

Migration is changing cultures. The Goethe-Institut reflects these developments in Germany and around the world and dedicates its work to the linguistic integration of migrants.

The Power of Language

The impact of language in a globalised world