University of Amsterdam, 15 March 2016
Report for the Stakeholders Meeting at the Third MIME Consortium meeting[*]
Faro, Portugal , 15 June 2016
The expert meeting on Multilingualism in Primary and Secondary Education in the Netherlands was a joined initiative of the University of Amsterdam and Windesheim, University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle. It was organized by Karijn Helsloot, Windesheim and by Virginie Mamadouh, László Marácz and Federico Gobbo (University of Amsterdam and MIME). The meeting was dedicated to language diversity in the classroom, to national policies about multilingual education and to language learning. The objectives were to contribute to the national debate with a clear call for multilingualism in education, and to reach out to partner organisations and stakeholders at the local and the national level.
Some twenty professionals participated in the meeting, ranging from academics (in linguistics and in social studies) to teacher trainers, school principals, and policy makers at the national and the municipal level.
Two main objectives were identified:
A number of short presentations by academics and practitioners (Nesrin El Ayadi (UvA/MIME), Vittorio dell’Aquila (UNIMB/MIME), Leendert-Jan Veldhuyzen (DENISE), Enoch Aboh (UvA), Karijn Helsloot (Windesheim), Federico Gobbo (UNIMB/MIME)) shed light on various aspects related to these two objectives and were followed by a lively discussion.
The implications of the adoption of the first objective are considerable at the professional level, regarding both the teacher training programmes, the curricula, and the development of teaching materials. The main consequences are:
The adoption of the second objective regarding school support for the acquisition of three languages, has similarly important consequences at various levels: both organizational and logistic, professional and financial. The main implications are:
A follow-up meeting in Amsterdam is planned 11 October 2016.
Karijn Helsloot & Virginie Mamadouh – Amsterdam 7 June 2016
[*] NB A Dutch summary of the meeting as well as the presentations are available on http://meertaligamsterdam.socsci.uva.nl/Expertmeeting.html