Xllth conference of the foundation for Endangered Languages

Hengeveld, P.C. P.C.Hengeveld at UVA.NL
Thu Jul 10 08:59:26 UTC 2008

Dear colleagues,

May I draw your attention to the following conference announcement:

Xllth conference of the foundation for Endangered Languages

The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) exists to support, enable
and assist the documentation, protection and promotion of endangered
languages. One of the possibilities to reach this is to bring
specialists together during conferences, which have been held every year
since 1996, most recently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007), Mysore,
India (2006), Stellenbosch, South Africa (2005) and Barcelona, Spain.

In September 2008 the FEL will organise its Twelfth Conference in the
Netherlands in association with the Mercator European Research Centre on
Multilingualism and Language Learning and the Fryske Akademy. Theme of
the conference will be Endangered Languages and Language Learning. The
conference will be organised and sponsored in the framework of the
jubilee program KNAW 200. In 2008 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts
and Sciences (KNAW) exits 200 years.  

The Conference takes place from 24 - 27 September in the conference
centre of the Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, in Leeuwarden, The
Netherlands. The United Nations' Year of the Languages will be
celebrated in 2008. On the 26th of September 2008 it is the annual
European Language Day and these two facts will be taken into account
during the conference.

Topics could be:

1) Language learning in general:
*       Successful multilingual regions with endangered languages
*       Language learning processes and language transmission in small
*       Language transmission outside formal educational settings
(pre-school facilities, cultural settings, distant learning facilities)

2) Language learning in an educational context:
*       Promoting linguistic diversity through multilingual education
and teacher training programs
*       Language teaching in small indigenous or migrant communities
*       Potential of teaching methods for language revitalisation
*       Innovation in language learning and teaching strategies
*       Case studies on language immersion in endangered language
*       The use of electronic tools for language teaching and

For further information please consult the conference website:

For registration, open till september 10, please go to:

Best wishes,

Kees Hengeveld 

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