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Regional and Minority Language as 2nd Language Teaching Network


Regional and Minority Language as 2nd Language Teaching
Network presentation

Thursday 23 September, 10.00-12.00
ECMI Conference Room

On the occasion of the European Day of Languages established by the Council of Europe and celebrated each year on 26 September, ECMI invites you cordially to a presentation of the

Network for Multilingualism and Linguistic Diversity in Europe, “RML2future”

In the European Union about 40 million people speak a regional or minority language (RML). Apart from the 23 official working languages more than 60 autochthonous regional and minority languages are being spoken in the EU, like for example Sorbian, Frisian or Ladin. Multilingualism and linguistic diversity are core values of the European Union. The motto of the European Union “United in Diversity” reflects this multilingualism.

Learning and using our native language makes up the basis of our identity, and therefore all languages have the right to be protected. Moreover, it is also important to promote the multilingualism of the citizens.

The Network for Multilingualism and Linguistic Diversity in Europe, “RML2future”, wants to support and promote this objective on different levels, thereby actively involving the minority languages. To that end the network unites six partners from European, multilingual regions in which regional and minority languages are at home.

In many regions of Europe the autochthonous minorities contribute in a natural way to bilingualism and multilingualism. It is our aim to use this resource in a positive way and for the purpose of European multilingualism and at the same time to foster the vitality of the minority languages. The condition to do so is creating a positive image and language-friendly environments for multilingualism and linguistic diversity.

The network is therefore active in selected regions, in order to exploit and pool the available potential. Moreover transferable learning scenarios on multilingualism in the European context, with a special focus on the minority languages are being developed.

In order to support the development of sustainable strategies for the minority languages, appropriate know-how in the field of language planning is aggregated and made available in the form of advice and training measures.

The network aims at developing itself into a competence centre and point of reference in the field of multilingualism and linguistic diversity, using and bolstering the RMLs.

The network presents itself and its activity at

The presenters are:

Sabine Wilmes is a senior researcher in Linguistics at the European Academy in Bolzano (EURAC). Her main working fields are language didactics, second and foreign language acquisition and teaching, minority languages and linguistic inclusion.

Marie Leroy has graduated in Foreign Languages Didactic. She started to work for the project RML2future as a junior researcher in October 2009. Her main working fields are bilingual education, minority languages and sociolinguistic representations.

Materials of the Network will be displayed and available.


Place and Date:
23 September 2010; 10:00 - Schiffbrücke 12, 24939 Flensburg
Further information: Ewa Chylinski, Chylinski[@]

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State