Education and Languages, Language Policy

Directorate General III
Migration Division

Directorate General IV
Language Policy Division

The linguistic integration of adult migrants
Intergovernmental Seminar

Strasbourg, 26-27 June 2008

    PROGRAMME including presentations


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Thursday 26 June

09.15 – 10.00
Chair: Joseph Sheils

Official opening
· Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport, DG IV [speech]
· María Ochoa-Llidó, Head of the Migration and Roma Department, DG III [speech]
· Martina Ní Cheallaigh, European Commission [powerpoint]
· Tineke Strik, Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population -Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [speech]

Introduction to Seminar programme and working methods
David Little, Rapporteur [powerpoint]

10.00 – 10.45
Sergey Khrychikov

Language requirements for adult migrants in Council of Europe member states: Report on a survey

10.45 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.45
Richard Rossner

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

12.45 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.45
Piet Van Avermaet

    · Languages in integration policies for adult migrants: Jean-Claude Beacco [presentation]
    · The ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ and the development of policies for the integration of adult migrants: David Little [powerpoint]


15.45 – 16.15


16.15 – 17.45
Hans-Jürgen Krumm

Case studies

    · The new German integration policy – the implementation of a nation wide integration course: Carola Cichos [powerpoint - text]
    · Tailor-made language education for beginners in Dutch as a second language: Jeroen Devlieghere [powerpointvideo 1video 2]]
    · The new pilot project in Lombardy for adult newcomers: “Certify your Italian. A language for knowing and making yourself known”: Antonello Grimaldi [powerpoint]

Summing up of Day 1: David Little, Rapporteur

Friday 27 June

Günther Schneider

The assessment of language proficiency:

    · Language tests for social cohesion and citizenship: Henk Kuijper [powerpoint - text]
    · An alternative approach to teaching and assessment: the experience of Integrate Ireland Language and Training: Barbara Lazenby Simpson [powerpoint]

The provision of language training

    · Quality assurance in the provision of language education and training for adult migrants: Richard Rossner [powerpoint]




11.00 – 11.30

Non Governmental Organisations

    · Sophie Dimitroulias, Association of Women of Southern Europe (AFEM) [presentation]
    · Véronique Laurens, CIMADE / CLP [presentation]

11.30 – 13.00
Jean-Claude Beacco

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

The financial support from Luxembourg and Ireland for this project is gratefully acknowledged by the Language Policy Division

Coordinating Group

    · David Little, Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Seminar Rapporteur
    · Piet van Avermaet, Head of the Centre for Diversity and Learning, University of Ghent / member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)
    · Jean-Claude Beacco, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, France
    · Carola Cichos, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Nürnberg, Germany
    · Claire Extramiana, Délégation à la langue française et aux langues de France (DGLFLF), Ministry of Culture and Communication, Paris, France
    · Hans-Jürgen Krumm, University of Vienna, Austria
    · Richard Rossner, Chief Executive, The European Association for Quality Language Services (EAQUALS)
    · Günther Schneider, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Other Presenters

    · Jeroen Devlieghere, ‘Nederlandse Taalunie’ (Dutch Language Union)
    · Sophie Dimitroulias, Vice-Chair of the Association of Women of Southern Europe (AFEM); Delegate to the Council of Europe INGO Liaison Committee
    · Antonello Grimaldi, Struttura Interventi Sociali, Direzione Famiglia e Solidarietà Sociale - Regione Lombardia, Milano
    · Henk Kuijper, CITO, Arnhem, The Netherlands / ALTE member
    · Véronique Laurens, Training Integration Center, CIMADE (migrants’ rights organisation); Liaison Committee for the Promotion of migrants and persons seeking integration (CLP)
    · Barbara Lazenby Simpson, Trinity College, ‘Integrate Ireland Language and Training’, Dublin

Council of Europe Secretariat

    · Joseph Sheils, Head of the Language Policy Division, DG IV
    · Philia Thalgott, Administrator, Language Policy Division, DG IV - Seminar coordinator
    · Sergey Khrychikov, Administrator, Migration Division, DG III