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Some ideas and facts on multilingualism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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    • Multilingualism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Marta Estella. Language Service
    • Linguistic diversity
      • 27 Member States
      • 23 official languages [ link ]
      European Union
      • Around 45 regional languages
      • 50,000,000 people whose mother tongue is different to that of the official state language
      • 10% of the world’s population
      • 1% of the world’s languages
    • EU languages (I)‏ Some EU regional languages. Number of speakers: Source: Lingcat
    • EU languages (II)‏ EU official languages. Number of speakers: Source: Lingcat
    • Languages in Spain
      • Some figures
      • 41 % of the population lives in territories with two official languages.
      • One in every four Spaniards (27.5 %) lives in a Community in which Catalan is the official language.
      Barcelona Source: Lingcat
    • The Catalan language
      • Some figures
      • Area covered:68,000 Km²
      • Population:13,529,127
      • Those who understand Catalan: 11,011,168
      • Those who speak Catalan: 9,118,882
      Catalonia Valencia Balearic islands Eastern Aragon South-Eastern France Andorra Alghero (Italy) ‏ Barcelona Source: Lingcat
    • Languages in Catalonia Two widespread languages Catalan and Spanish A multilingual society Up to 250-300 languages spoken
    • Linguistic skills Mostly used Catalan: 50% Spanish: 44% Both: 5% Other: 1% [ link Si us plau ] [ link video el Hachmi ] Source: Lingcat
    • Education
      • Preschool/Primary/Secondary School
      • Catalan is the vehicular language of teaching
      • Spanish is used to teach at least one subject
      • English classes begin in primary school, or pre-primary school
      • Trilingual experiments: subjects in English
      • Other languages (French, German…) in secondary schools: non-compulsory credits
      • Native languages of foreign students (Arabic, Tamazight, Chinese) offered in some schools as extra-curricular activities
    • UAB
    • University
      • Catalan is the University’s own language
      • Catalan and Spanish are the official languages
      • English used in postgraduate courses, and being introduced in undergraduate courses
      • Students and teaching staff can use the official language of their choice
      • The teaching staff must know both official languages sufficiently
      • Students are not divided by language
      • Catalan is used in local communications
      • Spanish and English are the main languages used in international communications
    • University
      • B2 for graduate students
      • Up to 12 credits for language learning
      • Credits: courses, certification; English as a medium of instruction, mobility
      • English as an increasing requirement for staff
      • Legal status for English
      • Linguistic security
      English and foreign languages Some other trends
      • Pluricultural competence
      • Romance-language comprehension
      • Internationalisation at home
      • Chinese for international communication [ link ]
    • UAB: instruments
      • UAB
      • Language-Policy Commission
      • Plan for languages [ link ]
      • Language Service (coordination)
    • University: instruments UAB Plan for Languages A strategic pledge for multilingualism 21 goals 44 main activities Content Management Teaching Language integration Research Areas Participation Transparency Process
    • UAB Plan for languages Some main activities
      • Promote the use of level testing in English, French, German and Italian for new students.
      • Formalise the recognition of language competence in students’ curriculums
      • Define language requirements for administration & services employment positions
      • Promote learning of Catalan among non-Catalan speaking students: free courses for lower levels and recognition of credits
      • Financial aid for the linguistic revision of doctoral thesis in English or in Catalan
    • UAB Plan for languages
      • 1st stage: diagnosis
        • reports
        • interviews
        • benchmarking
      • 3rd stage: working meeting
      • Areas
      • multilingualism in institutional communications
      • multilingualism in teaching
      • language learning and the labor market
      • languages in the research dissemination
      • Methodology
      • presentations by a speaker and
      • discussion
      • 2nd stage: consultation
      • online forum and questionnaire
      4th stage: writing and approval
    • UAB Plan for languages Agents Governing bodies Experts Community Language Service Discussion, approval, evaluation Advice, expertise Opinion, contributions Technical support
    • UAB Plan for languages
    • UAB Plan for languages
    • University: in & out
      • Language courses
      • Communication skills training
      • Self-access centre
      • Online resources
      • Level test
      • Translation service
      Resources
    • University: linguistic accomodation Online resources before arrival Resources at the UAB
      • Courses
      • Resources, as conversation guides
      • Outings
      • Language voluntary support
      • (help in class)
    • University: linguistic accomodation
    • UAB: A world of languages
    • Thank you Marta Estella Language Service [email_address]