Linguistic integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM)


3rd Intergovernmental Conference

Quality in the linguistic integration of adult migrants: from values to policy and practice

Strasbourg, 3-4 June 2014
Council of Europe – Agora (Room G 02)

Rev. 1 July 2014

PROGRAMME including presentations

The Conference Report will be made available online in late November 2014

Tuesday 3 June 2014

08.15 – 09.00

Registration

Chair:
Philia Thalgott
09.00 – 10.00

OFFICIAL OPENING

    · Ulrich Bunjes, Acting Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, DG II
    · Luís Filipe Castro Mendes (orig. FR), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal and Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C), Committee of Ministers
    · Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ (orig. FR), Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) [blog]

INTRODUCTION TO THE CONFERENCE: Richard Rossner, Rapporteur

Chair:
Villano Qiriazi
10.00 - 11.00

Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) - COUNCIL OF EUROPE VALUES: POLICY GUIDELINES AND SUPPORT INSTRUMENTS

11.00–1.30

Break

Chair:
Joseph Sheils
11.30 – 12.30

LIAM: POLICY AND PRACTICE – REPORT ON THE 3RD COUNCIL OF EUROPE SURVEY
Presentation of main results and trends: Reinhilde Pulinx and Claire Extramiana
Open discussion

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch (provided)

14.00 – 14.15

Introduction to group tasks

14.15 – 15.30

GROUP WORK
Participants will divide into groups to discuss the following two sets of topics:

    1a What linguistic resources do migrants need in order to function in a new society?
    1b Why do the CEFR levels required for residence and/or citizenship vary across member states?
    2a Do language tests help or hinder process of integration?
    2b What are the alternatives to language tests?

15.30–16.00

Break

Chair:
Hans-Jürgen Krumm
16.00 – 17.30

PROJECTS TO FACILITATE THE INTEGRATION OF ADULT MIGRANTS

    · Language for Work networking project: an ECML project, Alexander Bradell, project’s link person and principal author of the website
    Questions from the audience
    · Responding to the language needs of adult migrants: the fide project, Myriam Schleiss, manager of the fide project, Federal Office for Migration, Switzerland
    (
    with video examples illustrating scenarios)

Questions from the audience
Conclusion by the chair

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Chair:
Jean-Claude Beacco
09.00 – 10.30

Introduction to Day 2
USING THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE’S INSTRUMENTS FOR LIAM
Introduction
REPORTS ON PILOTING

    a. The ELP approach for adult migrants: teaching, learning, assessment:
    o Introduction by Barbara Lazenby Simpson, followed by a presentation by Costanza Bargellini and Silvana Cantù, Fondazione ISMU, Progetto ‘Vivere in Italia’, Milano (Report on piloting: EN)
    o Questions and comments
    b. Quality in the provision of language courses for LIAM: using the Council of Europe’s self-assessment instrument:
    o Introduction by Richard Rossner followed by a presentation by Nataša Pirih-Svetina, Centre for Slovene as a second language, University of Ljubljana (Report on piloting: EN)
    o Questions and comments

10.30 – 11.00

Break

Chair:
David Little
11.00 – 12.30

REPORTING BACK ON GROUP DISCUSSIONS (rapporteurs as panel)

OPEN FORUM
Questions arising from the group discussions and other issues raised by participants

12.30 – 14.00

Free time for lunch

Chair:
Philia Thalgott
14.00 – 14.45

PRESENTATIONS

    · OECD: Immigrants’ mastery in the host-country language: Challenges and policy responses in OECD countries, Cécile Thoreau, Administrator, International Migration Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
    · European Commission: Overview of EU actions in support of linguistic integration, Eva Schultz, Policy Officer, Immigration and Integration Unit, DG Home Affairs

14.45 – 15.30
Moderator:
Imogen Lamb, Journalist,
Radio France Internationale, Paris

ROUND TABLE
City policies to facilitate the (linguistic) integration of adult migrants

    · Hamburg, Germany: Anja Nikodem, coordinator of the project « Dialogue in German » established by the city council
    · Strasbourg, France: Mine Günbay, city councillor (responsible for areas such as the Council for foreign residents, Women’s rights, Citizen participation)
    · Torres Vedras, Portugal: Ana Umbelino, city councilor (responsible for cultural and social affairs)
    · Wels, Austria: Claudia Gloessl, Urban Community, Head of Office, Department for Women, Equality, Integration

Interaction with audience

Chair:
Philia Thalgott
15.30 – 16.00

Some priorities for Council of Europe action plan: Richard Rossner, Rapporteur
Close

   

LIAM co-ordinating group:

   

· Jean-Claude BEACCO, Professor emeritus, Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris III
· Claire EXTRAMIANA, General Delegation for the French language and the languages of France (DGLFLF), Ministry of Culture, Paris
· Hans-Jürgen KRUMM, Professor emeritus, University of Vienna
· Barbara LAZENBY SIMPSON, formerly Integrate Ireland Language & Training (IILT), Dublin

 

· David LITTLE, Associate Professor emeritus of Applied Linguistics, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
· Reinhilde PULINX and Piet VAN AVERMAET, Centre for Intercultural Education, University of Ghent, Belgium
· Richard ROSSNER (Rapporteur), Chair of EAQUALS (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services), United Kingdom
· Joseph SHEILS, former Head of the Language Policy Division, Council of Europe, Strasbourg