Multilingualism and Early Foreign Language Learning (Hungary)

Where do the countries of Central-Eastern Europe stand in matters of multilingualism 20 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain? How are the objectives of the Council of Europe and the scientific knowledge gained concerning language learning put into practice? What role do languages play in the individual's personal and professional development?

The conference on "Multilingualism and Early Foreign Language Learning" illuminated and discussed these questions in the form of talks, reports and workshops, paying attention to education policy, scientific and pedagogic aspects from 25 until 27 May 2009. The conference participants included staff of the Goethe-Instituts in Central-Eastern Europe, external experts and guests.

To kick off of the international conference on Monday, 25 May three talks were given, followed by a panel discussion on questions of education policy and science. On the subsequent days the focal points were the activities of the Goethe-Instituts and their partner institutions in various countries, as well as methodological-didactic topics and new materials.

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