Minority Languages in the Digital Age
As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the Mid-Norway European Office has the pleasure of inviting you to explore how thinking digital can help empower minority language users in their everyday life.
Time and date of event: 13.00-14.00, Wednesday the 14th of October 2020.
The event will build on a submitted Erasmus+ project proposal, which seeks to empower teachers and community members in leading the enhancement of curricula – to make use of local resources and digital methods to create arenas where the language can be actively used.
In a briefing to the European Parliament, launched in September 2020, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) states that «Regional and minority languages (RMLs) together with smaller state languages – the ‘lesser-used languages’ – are under serious threat of extinction (…). However, digital technology is not necessarily a death sentence; it can also offer a rescue kit.»
Join the European dialogue about the available digital didactic materials for keeping threatened languages alive!
Register and join the discussion here.
|13:00||Welcome to explore how thinking digitally can help empower minority language users in their everyday life|
Heidi Fossland, director of the Mid-Norway European Office.
|13:05||Setting the scene – How to communicate in South Saami, a threatened language? |
Marja Mortensson, a young South Saami yoiker and singer, and Frode Fjellheim, professor at the Nord University, musician and music composer.
|13.15||EU’s strategy for strengthening multilingualism and supporting digital tools for education |
Guillaume Jagle, national expert in DG Education and Culture (EAC) to the European Commission.
|13:30||Creating a virtual learning environment for interactive and engaging language learning|
Asbjørn Kolberg, Nord University (Norway).
Cor van der Meer, Fryske Akademy (the Netherlands).
Sanita Lazdiņa, the Rezekne Academy of Technologies (Latvia).
|13.45||Open discussion (Q&A)|
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