The Importance of Learning Professional Foreign Languages for Communication between Cultures (FLCOMMCULT)
Venue: The Faculty of Logistics
|Event Date/Time: Sep 24, 2009||End Date/Time: Sep 25, 2009|
|Registration Date: Aug 24, 2009|
|Early Registration Date: Jun 15, 2009|
|Abstract Submission Date: May 31, 2009|
|Paper Submission Date: Aug 24, 2009|
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING PROFESSIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGES FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CULTURES
WILL BE HELD AT
THE FACULTY OF LOGISTICS, MARIBORSKA CESTA 7, CELJE, SLOVENIA
ON 24 AND 25 SEPTEMBER, 2009
Nowadays mastering foreign languages is considered to be one of the key competences of nearly all contemporary European professions. In accordance with the Lisbon strategy, the European Union is aiming at building a knowledge society, which should bring it the global competitive advantage; in this context the knowledge of professional foreign languages contributes to greater staff mobility and employability. In order to successfully conduct business activities, professional foreign languages should be adapted to work places of each individual and to their specific needs for continuous consolidation and upgrading, also promoted by the lifelong learning concept. Furthermore, knowledge of languages is of utmost importance for establishing successful communication among nations of diverse ethnic, cultural and language backgrounds, and it adds to raising intercultural awareness.
Teaching professional foreign languages is thus an important contribution to a broad and applicable knowledge of graduates and it enables mobility in a common European higher education environment. The Faculty of Logistics at the University of Maribor is organizing an International language conference on the â€œImportance of Learning Professional Foreign Languages for Communication between Culturesâ€ on 24 and 25 September 2009. The aim of the conference is to present and exchange professional knowledge and experiences from the field of teaching professional foreign languages. The conference is aimed at academics, professional foreign language teachers at higher education institutions, further education and secondary schools, researchers, assistants as well as students.
We therefore invite you to submit proposals for papers or workshops which will be delivered in English or one of the following world languages - German, Italian or French â€“ provided that at least 5 conference participants register for a presentation/workshop. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
- the Bologna process in a professional foreign language course,
- modern approaches to teaching with the emphasis on competences,
- the role of intended learning incomes (ILOs) in achieving competences,
- intercultural dimension of teaching and learning professional foreign languages,
- modern methods/approaches used in teaching professional foreign languages,
- modern approach to teaching grammar in teaching professional foreign languages,
- developing language skills in teaching professional foreign languages,
- assessment and grading in teaching professional foreign languages,
- preparation of glossaries of professional terminology and materials for teaching professional foreign languages,
- the impact of modern technology on teaching professional foreign languages,
- e-learning and blended learning in teaching and learning professional foreign languages,
- the importance of foreign professional languages in the global environment.
Those interested in presenting a paper or offering a workshop at the aforementioned conference â€œThe Importance of Learning Professional Foreign Languages for the Communication between Culturesâ€ should submit an abstract in English of no more than 250-300 words and send it to email@example.com by no later than Sunday, 31 May 2009. Abstracts should include title, presenterâ€™s name(s), institutional affiliation, email addresses of author(s) and the language in which you would like to present your paper or offer a workshop.
Applicants will be advised by Monday, 15 June 2009, of the outcome of their submissions. Further instructions will be included in acceptance emails. The full text of accepted papers will be required no later than Monday, 24 August 2008. Due to the fact that the entire programme needs to be designed and publications edited in electronic form, any papers received after 24 August 2008, cannot be considered.
Details on the conference will be published on our website: http://fl.uni-mb.si/. To this end, a special forum will be set up.
Please send all queries regarding your contributions (abstracts, finals versions, questions) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.