jazykov vieš, toľkokrát si človekom
more languages you know,
the more of a person you are.
The ability to communicate in two or
more languages - already a daily reality for a large number
of people across the globe - is a desirable life-skill for all
European citizens. Not only does this ability improve cognitive
skills and enable people to work or study in another country,
but it also encourages us to become more open to other peoples'
cultures and outlooks and helps us to understand what "Europe"
means to us.
On the background of these considerations,
the this year's Third Conference of the Comenius-Network
"DaF-Suedost" under the
title "Languages - Cultures - European Identity: Education
and Training for Tomorrow" wants to provide a platform
for the exchange of innovative ideas not only on the teaching
and learning of German, one of the most widely spoken European
languages, but to give incentives to discuss achievements and
future challenges concerning European language education and
the concept of the European citizenship.
For this purpose, the Conference will
host talks and workshops on issues of teaching and learning
German as a Foreign Language, but include also events celebrating
the learning of less widely taught European languages, and teacher
training workshops on topics related to European identity and
citizenship. The Conference is being co-organized with the Association
of Teachers of German in Greece, the
Comenius Teacher Training Project on European Awareness, "On
the Edge" and the European Language
Project for the Promotion of the Greek and the Bulgarian Language,
By bringing together experts in the field
of Languages and European Education from all over Europe we
hope to stimulate an exchange of innovative ideas and valuable
experiences on strategies, methodologies and tools. Thus, this
conference aims at strengthening the European dimension to the
field of German as a Foreign Language, giving opportunity for
academics, teachers, teacher trainers and material developers
to present and discuss theory and practice of language education
and intercultural relations in Europe.