The linguistic integration of adult migrants

Strasbourg, 26 - 27 June 2008


Programme including presentations


Thursday 26 June 2008

09.15 – 10.00: Official opening / Chair: Joseph Sheils

  • Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport, DG IV
  • María Ochoa-Llidó, Head of the Migration and Roma Department, DG III  
  • Martina Ní Cheallaigh, European Commission
  • Tineke Strik, Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Introduction to Seminar programme and working methods. David Little, Rapporteur  

10.00 – 10.45: Language requirements for adult migrants in Council of Europe member states: Report on a survey / Chair: Sergey Khrychikov

  • Claire Extramiana -
  • Piet van Avermaet -

11.15 – 12.45: Round Table on language proficiency requirements, language training and assessment
with the participation of delegates from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and Spain (Catalonia). / Chair: Richard Rossner

14.30 – 15.45: Chair: Piet Van Avermaet

  • Languages in integration policies for adult migrants: Jean-Claude Beacco 
  • The ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ and the development of policies for the integration of adult migrants: David Little 
  • Discussion

16.15 – 17.45: Case studies / Chair: Hans-Jürgen Krumm

  • The new German integration policy – the implementation of a nation wide integration course: Carola Cichos -
  • Tailor-made language education for beginners in Dutch as a second language: Jeroen Devlieghere
  • The new pilot project in Lombardy for adult newcomers: “Certify your Italian. A language for knowing and making yourself known”: Antonello Grimaldi
  • Discussion
  • Summing up of Day 1: David Little, Rapporteur

Friday 27 June 2008

09.00–10.30: Chair: Günther Schneider

The assessment of language proficiency

  • Language tests for social cohesion and citizenship: Henk Kuijper -
  • An alternative approach to teaching and assessment: the experience of Integrate Ireland Language and Training: Barbara Lazenby Simpson 
  • Discussion

The provision of language training

  • Quality assurance in the provision of language education and training for adult migrants: Richard Rossner
  • Discussion

11.00 – 11.30: Non Governmental Organisations

  • Sophie Dimitroulias, Association of Women of Southern Europe (AFEM)
  • Véronique Laurens, CIMADE / CLP 

11.30 – 13.00: Closing session / Chair: Jean-Claude Beacco

  • Tour de Table / Plenary discussion
  • Summary of Conclusions: David Little, Rapporteur
  • Close of seminar: Joseph Sheils / Sergey Khrychikov