Aims and Scope

 

 

The 1st International Conference on Linguistic and Intercultural Education, Alba Iulia 2008, 27 - 29 November

 

is an event dedicated to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue and to the celebration of 90 years since the unification of Transylvania, Basarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom , in 1918.

 

 

under the patronage of Leonard Orban, Member of the European Commission responsible for multilingualism

 

 

On the occasion of the conference the organisers also intend to create a 

European Network for Intercultural Integration of Multicultural Education Activities

 

“Languages - a bridge to a more inclusive Europe

Respect for linguistic and cultural diversity is a cornerstone of the European Union. But we must constantly renew our efforts to relate these values to citizens' lives.

Languages can make that link. Learning languages can make Europeans more aware that a better Europe lies at our doorsteps, a Europe that can deal with the complex reality of our multiethnic societies and the coexistence of different cultural identities and beliefs.

Language-learning bridges cultures. It promotes intercultural dialogue and respect. It is a wonderful tool for fostering dialogue and fighting racism and discrimination. It opens our horizons to the richness of cultures and ideas brought by migrants from all continents to the European area.” (Leonard Orban, European Commissioner responsible for multilingualism)

 

 

 

2008 – The International Year of Languages

 

A poem-plea addressed to all Linguistic Diversifiers

By Francisco Gomes de Matos, a language educator and an applied peace linguist from Recife , Brazil

 

fcgm@hotlink.com.br

 

LANGUAGES are more than systems for symbolizing

They are more than creations for signifying

Languages can be indispensable systems for humanizing

They can also be memorable creations for dignifying

 

LANGUAGES are more than systems for communicating

They are more than creations for categorizing

Languages can be invaluable systems for cooperating

They can also be inspiring creations for harmonizing

 

LANGUAGES are more than systems for word transforming

They are more than creations for text and hypertext building

Languages can be powerful systems for world transforming

They can also be illuminating creations for peace building

 

LANGUAGES are more than systems for thought-supporting

They are more than creations for literature sustaining

Languages can be crucial systems for multiliteracy-sharing

They can also be essential  creations for autonomous learning

 

LANGUAGES  are more than bridges for culture-crossing

They are more than creations for interactive participating

Languages can be deep systems for Past/Present penetrating

They can also be wise creations for Future anticipating

 

LANGUAGES give HUMANKIND a multidimensional IDENTITY

COGNITION +COMMUNICATION + CULTURE they represent

LANGUAGE USERS can translate worlds  of beautiful DIVERSITY

and feelings of COMMUNICATIVE PEACE they can also present

 

The UN-proclaimed INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES letīs celebrate

and linguistic diversification committedly help to promote

In School Language Teaching letīs effectively/affectively innovate and a universal 

love to LINGUISTIC PLANETHOOD letīs devote

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