“Learn European” – Monolingualism’s Misery
Foreign language policy
Friday, March 30th 2007
Hall of DAAD and Goethe-Institut Japan in Tokyo
Dr. Rainer Buhtz
From its beginning, the European Union has taken different measures to promote the teaching and studying of foreign languages due to the understanding of multilingualism’s benefits, advantages and its deeply felt necessity. Japan also stresses the importance of the acquisition of foreign languages in a globalized world.
Prof. em. Albert RAASCH, who has had great influence on language policy in the European Union, will be the special guest during this discussion. The other participants are (in alphabetical order)
Dr. Philippe DE TAXIS DU POËT (First Counsellor – Head of Science & Technology Section European Union – Delegation of the European Commission to Japan)
Mr. Katsumi KAKAZU (Japan Foundation)
Prof. Ikuo KOIKE (Meikai University, special adviser to JACET, Vice President of Asia TEFL)
Prof. Masako SUGITANI (Kansai University)
Yoshimasa TEZUKA (MEXT)
Prof. Kensaku YOSHIDA (JALT, Sophia University).
Furthermore, before the panel discussion starts, a “Language Fair” will be hosted at the venue. There will be various performances and presentations, ranging from theatre to speeches. Several organisations, such as the JALT or the Spanish-Japanese Society will present their work as well.
11.00 – 14.00 Language Fair
14.00 – 17.30 Lecture by Prof. Raasch and Panel Discussion
(simultaneous interpreting provided)