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November 2018
ICC Conference 2019
Berlin, May 3-5, 2019
Conference Theme:
Teaching and learning languages in the multilingual world:
policy & practice
Come and join us in Berlin in May 2019 for the ICC Annual Conference.

Join us in the important debate about how language educators can contribute to a multilingual world.
We will be based in the European Academy centre from Friday May 3 to Sunday lunchtime on May 5.

Europäische Akademie Berlin
Bismarckallee 46/48, 14193 Berlin

There will be an opening session on Friday afternoon, so you can travel on Friday morning, and a reception on Friday evening. The members' AGM will be on Friday evening before dinner.

Further programme details can be found here:

Call for Papers

We would like more members to speak at the conference.
If you have an idea for a presentation talk, workshop or panel discussion, please contact Ellinor on or Ozlem on
ICC conference venue
The ICC Conference will be held in the beautiful European Academy (EAB) in central Berlin. In this country house – in a style reminiscent of the late 19th century (built in 1928 by architect brothers, Hugo and Otto Schellenberg) – ICC delegates will have the use of 5 seminar rooms of varying sizes, a lounge with a fireplace, a dining conservatory and 32 hotel rooms. There is also a  beautiful garden with mature trees for delegates to use in between sessions.
EUROLTA Day at ICC Conference 2019
A separate EUROLTA event will be held alongside the ICC Conference in Berlin. More info and a draft programme will be sent to EUROLTA training centres and trainers and assessors soon.

Please let Myriam or Ozlem know if you wish to attend this special EUROLTA event.

In order to make the work of a EUROLTA Training Centre easier, the ICC team under Myriam Fischer has produced new EUROLTA manuals.

These manuals contain the training materials that you need, and all the information about starting and running a training centre. The manuals are now avaiable to all training centres.
Please contact Myriam at:
EUROLTA Annual Conference in Germany
The Bavarian  EUROLTA 2018 conference took place in the town of Erlangen on 20th October 2018. The main topic of the conference was intercultural skills for EUROLTA trainers.

This conference is organized by the BVV (the umbrella organization of all non-commercial adult language institutions in Bavaria) inviting all EUROLTA trainers, assessor and the members of the ‘work group’ whose main interest is the development and the marketing of the teacher training programme. Dr. Ellinor Haase, chairperson of the ICC, attended the conference and spoke about the recent developments of ICC.

The EUROLTA teacher training programme has been running since 2002 in Bavaria. A key element in the programme is teaching how cultures form an integral part of communication.  We have made the experience that some trainees have difficulty understanding the communicative approach due to their cultural background.. The workshop explored how culture shapes how we act and behave and how misunderstandings arise when we misinterpret different cultural behaviours.   It gave the participants greater understanding of their strengths and areas for development. It provided tools and methods for communicating effectively across cultures. The conference was an opportunity for the trainers to meet face-to-face, to share experiences and to promote acceptance and respect for diversity.

EUROLTA has become a symbol of quality assurance for the VHS - the  adult education institutions .  Teachers are the most important resource that a school has and the Heads of Departments are willing to invest in the training of their teachers. EUROLTA Certificate Level runs in many areas in Bavaria, entails 100 hours of face-to- face sessions and is supported through a Moodle platform.  The numbers of EUROLTA trainees in Bavaria is increasing, reflecting its popularity and its importance in obtaining a teaching job here in Germany.
The ICC Journal
Multilingualism language policy in the EU today: A paradigm shift in language education - by Bessie Dendrinos

TLC Issue 6 is out and on the website ( and free to download.

It has fascinating articles by a wide range of international scholars. Articles include:

  • Multilingualism language policy in the EU today: A paradigm shift in language education - by Bessie Dendrinos
  • Fostering foreign language acquisition in young refugees using mobile devices: The YouRNI project experience  - by Tuncer Can and Irfan Şimşek
  • Teaching and learning in a multi-cultural school in Thessaloniki: A case study - by Vasiliki Santaridou and Luke Prodromou
  • Translation as a subject of theoretical text analysis   -  by Elena B. Borisova, Anna V. Blokhina and Valentina V. Kucheryavenko
And you could join them in Issue 8 & 9. Send your ideas and manuscripts to Barry Tomalin, Joint Managing Editor, at Your chance to get published!

Upcoming Conferences

Lifelong Learning Week in Brussels
The Lifelong Learning Week aims to raise awareness on lifelong learning’s capacity to answer challenges of modern societies by bringing together learners and educators, field workers and policy-makers, researchers and political representatives, and give them the opportunity to discuss today’s greatest educational challenges.

The Lifelong Learning Week will be held in Brussels on December 3-7, 2018 with the motto “Lifelong Learning Culture: a partnership for rethinking education”! During this week, on 6 December from 11h00-13h00 at the European Parliament, EEE-YFU (Youth for Understanding), ESN (Exchange Erasmus Student Network) and the ICC, represented by Barry Tomalin, will host an event with the title: “Language Learning Plus - Learning mobility for intercultural and multilingual competences”.

The abstract for the event is:
Learning or improving competences in another language is one of the most tangible results of mobility, especially in long-term experiences. At the same time, learning periods abroad that integrate non-formal education methods and immersion in the host culture allow for much more than language learning: they offer the opportunity to develop cultural awareness, appreciation of diversity, curiosity, and intercultural communication skills.

The debate will explore the role that learning mobility plays in the development of intercultural and multilingual competences, from a lifelong learning perspective.
LLL Event in Vienna
The Lifelong Learning Platform ( held its Annual Conference 2018 on 5-6 July 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The ICC, represented by Ellinor Haase, participated in the event. The topic Lifelong Learning Culture: A Partnership for Rethinking Education was to highlight the state-of-play and steps required to accelerate the shift towards a lifelong learning culture, inspired by recent developments at EU level including the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and the ambitious initiative to establish a European Education Area.

An interesting keynote speech by Prof Dr Kim Shinil, former Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister of South Korea, showed his country’s amazing achievements in pursuing the creation of a lifelong learning society with 5-year national strategic plans and the designation of over half of the country’s municipalities as “lifelong learning cities” – where strong partnerships are sought with in communities between schools, universities, NGOs and cultural centres. 

Prof Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Vice-President of EURASHE, Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, recalled the need to transform our education systems, achieve permeability and recognise that learning happens, for the vast majority, in non-formal and informal ways.

In the Gallery Walk, a space for sharing, exchanging good practices, and building knowledge, in a dynamic and interactive way, the ICC presented EUROLTA as an excellent system of language teacher training. 
More information at
European Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism – ECSPM
The ICC became member of the Platform motivated also the excellent speech by Bessie Dendrinos, President of the ECSPM, at the ICC’s conference in May in Santorini.

Ellinor Haase participated in the ECSPM symposium in September at the Technical University of Darmstadt, DE. The symposium was to celebrate also the European Day of Languages on 26 September.

Under the theme of “Paradigm Shift in Language Education for the Development of Multiliterate and Purilingual Agencies” the symposium brought together experts from various language fields; just to name some of them:
Britta Hufeisen TU Darmstadt, with ‘Multilingual Whole-School Policy’;
Larissa Aronin, Oranim Academic College of Education, IL, with ‘Dominant Language Constellations in Education, Language Teaching and Multilingualism’;
Jeanine Treffers-Daller, University of Reading, UK, with ‘Code switching, translanguaging and cognitive control’;
Antje Hansen, University of Hamburg, DE, with ‘The Multilingualism and Teacher Education project’;
Nicole Marx, University of Bremen, DE, ‘Working with the Majority Language to Support the Heritage Language’
Nikolay Slavkov, University of Ottawa, CA, ‘Paradigm Shifts, Multilingualism and Linguistic Risk-Taking’ – very interesting their Linguistic Risk-Taking Passport, see:

The 2019 symposium of the ECSPM will take place at the University of Reading, UK, 21-22 March.


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