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Colloquium "Multilingualism and Culture – The Significance of Foreign Language Teaching in the Modern Education System" (Uruguay)

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The Uruguayan government launched a wide-ranging debate on education throughout the country in 2006, encompassing the entire education system. Against this backdrop there emerged in 2007 a renewed concern with foreign language teaching in the schools to an extent which is remarkable for this country. In Europe we definitely wish to accompany and give strong support to this development.

In response to this the Goethe-Institut Uruguay held a colloquium jointly with the Alliance Francaise on 18 and 19 September 2008 on the subject of "Multilingualism and Culture – The Significance of Foreign Language Teaching in the Modern Education System". This was assisted by the "Franco-German Cultural Programme in Third Countries“ (Elysee) and from funds available within the large-scale project "Languages without Borders".


The following main topics were dealt with in talks and panel discussions:

1. Aspects of cultural and language policy / market research
2. Educational aspects, especially the development of curricula and teacher training

The colloquium's opening ceremony consisted of a theatrical performance dealing with the subject of multilingualism and improvisation.

Experts:

Ines Patzig-Bartsch (PASCH-Initiative)
Dr. Rafael Bayce (University of Montevideo)
Dr. Louis-Jean Calvet (University of Aix-en-Provence)
Dr. Violette Faro (University of Sorbonne)
Dr. Thomas Fritz (University of Vienna)
Lina Pilypaityte, MA (University of Darmstadt)

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