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Title of the workshop: 

Language Centres and local or regional language policy. What benefit can a communal Council of Languages bring?

Short description: 

The initial question was: Must local or regional cooperations of a Language Centre be limited to its university, to higher education - to education? Can it not be part of its language politics to cooperate with local/regional institutions of economy and society and also with European Cultural Institutes (Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institut)? As an answer to questions like these the Council of Languages of Bremen (Sprachenrat Bremen e.V.) was founded about ten years ago. The workshop will inform about the Council of Languages of Bremen and discuss it as a possible example for local and regional language policy of other European language centers.

Language of instruction:


Learning outcomes:

Knowledge about advantages of a local/regional language and – if wanted – foundation of a SIG working on the subject.

Short biographical note:

Universities: Frankfurt/Main, Bochum, Münster
Subjects: German Linguistics and Literature, Political Science
First and second State examination, PhD
1985 – 1998 Goethe-Institut (Frankfurt/M, Bremen, Munic, Helsinki: lecturer, teacher, consultant)
1999 - 2015 director of the language centre of the four public universities of the federal state of Bremen (Germany).
Since 2009 chair of Sprachenrat Bremen, the Council of Languages of the federal state of Bremen
2011 National order of France: Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académique.
Since 2016 lecturer at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz (Austria).
Since March 2017 senior researcher at the institute of Linguistics - Multilingualism at Technical University Darmstadt