MVE is a project of the Cluster EUNIC Stockholm, with the fund of EUNIC Global to increase the value of language diplomas and improving knowledge of European culture in modern language classes.
Improving of multilingualism in the European Union is a safe bet to contribute to mutual understanding and shared identity and to multiply job opportunities and career development of young Europeans in the current context of social restructuring after the economic crisis.
The update of intercultural competence in teaching strategies and promoting language certificates among students of second languages are key tools in the practice of this scope of multilingualism.
Multilingualism Visa Europe, an initiative of five European institutes and the EUNIC Stockholm cluster, intends to address in a smart and innovative way these fundamental aspects of educational policy and practice to promote multilingualism and contribute to the dynamics of the Swedish society.
The changes experienced by cultures within its perimeter and its outer orbit – where the challenge of building a European identity and citizenship resides – require continuous updating of the designs, tools and strategies used by teachers of foreign languages in each country.
Innovations in labor markets and professional curricula show moreover, that European citizens have to do an increasing use of a second language for these purposes, and it becomes more necessary than ever promoting certifications as they are being updated by the various competent institutions.
From the Cluster EUNIC Stockholm MULTILINGUALISM VISA EUROPE at stake, a series of actions designed to Swedish society and at the same time, designed to turn them into an experience that radiates to other countries of the European cultural space.
The purpose of the programme
With the support of the cluster EUNIC Stockholm, as well as of the EUNIC Global, the programme Multilingualism Visa Europe was launched in March with a prominent presence at this year’s very popular Modern Languages Olympiad with its finals in Malmö.
This Olympiad promotes teaching and social appreciation of modern languages in Swedish schools, and MVE from the cluster EUNIC Stockholm were created to spread the knowledge and the value of the Diplomas of modern languages, as well as the intercultural aspects of this field of teaching; they are all related to the same purpose.
On this occasion the explanations provided to all the participating schools, as well as the elaboration of the questions addressed to the competitors, were focused on the increasing importance of multilingualism we find in today’s society.
The Olympiad also covered another aspect which was considerably appreciated; MVE offered some of the winners an extra qualification in language learning thanks to travel and stay in other countries within the programme.
The participation of MVE in the Olympiad was the first of their activities intended to fulfil the concept and the agenda of the program of this year’s edition. Other similar events have been the Native Tongue Poetry Contest in Uppsala, the conference held in Malmö for teachers of modern languages, a meeting for the Spanish teachers within the Stockholm area, and the participation in the Europe Day.
Collaboration with the Universities
To improve some of those concepts already mentioned, MVE has been in contact with some of the Swedish universities, especially those with a special interest in, and attention to the study of modern languages, in order to enquire about their interest in a future collaboration and offer them participation in the program and the activities.
In this context, Stockholm University through the Departments of Romance Languages, and Language Didactics, as well as Uppsala University with their Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools, including also The Universities of Dalarna and Lund have taken an interest in the programme as well as to collaborate in this first edition.
In this context, the participation of Stockholm University attaches great importance as it can provide with services as specialists, diffusion and activities with special orientation towards the relevance of multilingualism for the future training of language teachers.
The participation of the universities can provide an excellent reinforcement to support the future editions of the programme as well as to create a proper forum for study purposes and promotion to multilingualism in Sweden.
Positive support to Teachers’ Associations
One of the vital target groups supported by MVE is without a doubt the associations of teachers of the adequate modern languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
The teachers of a language; those who deal with upper secondary as well as those who teach at a university level, are certainly those who have the best professional qualifications to convey to a society where the philosophy and the set of values are interwoven, those issues that clearly can help to make multilingualism to an important aim for all. This is the best way of transforming one of the vital issues of the cultural policy of the European Union and the Council of Europe into a daily piece of work for all citizens.
In summary; to make the learning process of languages a tool that collaborates in the construction of a united Europe which improves cross – culture communication by using professional competence and work.
For the purposes of these aims, MVE has initiated a collaboration with all teachers of the languages Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese in Sweden. MVEs activities are, however, open for all teachers of European languages within the Swedish society.
The NewsMVEletter you are reading now is one of the ways of communication where these important groups participate and receive information.
In the same way, MVE contact researchers, experts on didactics and editorials where professionals elaborate and distribute texts and other training materials designed for teaching of modern languages.
The diffusion of the ideas of the programme will also hopefully reach the whole Swedish society or to as many of its inhabitants as possible. For this purpose MVE has an own spot on the website of Cluster EUNIC Stockholm where you find documents, biographies, activities and a forum for discussions in multilingual threads.
Workshops and seminars
The work we are developing for the moment from the Institutes of Cervantes, Goethe, Camoes, as well as the French and Italian Institutes will be highlighted by a celebration on September 12, at Europahuset Stockholm. It will be an academic day on a high level.
This day will include two conferences held by eminent specialists in multilingualism within the European field, as well as the role of intercultural competence in language teaching and workshops, developed simultaneously, for debating with the teachers of Spanish, French, German and Italian how to improve practice it in the Swedish society.
The workshops will be led by tutors from the universities of Stockholm, Uppsala and Dalarna as well as from the different institutes in charge of the programme.
At the same time, MVE is preparing for a method suitable for students of didactics and postgraduate students who currently work within the area of modern languages.
In conclusion, the Association of Spanish Teachers will in collaboration with Stockholm University and the Institutes Cervantes and Goethe, organize round-table talks with representatives of the different political parties in Stockholm in order to debate what specific actions their respective parties offer considering the general elections that will take place in september.
Calendar and activities
A meeting for the academic leaders of Goethe Institut, Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, Instituto de Cultura Italiano and Instituto Camoes.
Meeting for the directors of these different institutes.
Presentation of the website and the forum of participation.
Debate between the political parties about the teaching of modern languages and multilingualism.
Seminars and workshops on multilingualism and on the intercultural competence as parts of the teaching of modern languages.
Presentations of the results of the programme.
Italian Culture Institute
Association of Spanish Teachers in Stockholm
Association of French teachers