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FOHLC Europe 2021 Conference: Future-proofing Heritage Language Education

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FOHLC Europe 2021 Conference

"Future-proofing Heritage Language Education"

November 19 and 20, 2021

Forum of Heritage Language Coalitions in Europe (FOHLC Europe) is pleased to announce its first annual conference and invite professionals, researchers, teachers, policymakers and other involved in heritage language education sector to international collaboration. Topics of talks, workshops and the panel discussion session will include online learning, succession planning, and other ideas for HL education sustainability. Let's gain a fresh perspective on the future of HL education in Europe!

For more details please see the conference programme outlined below.

About us:

The purpose of FOHLC Europe is to bring together once per year umbrella organizations, associations, coalitions, and networks of heritage language (HL) programs, as well as the leaders, managers, and teachers of HL programs in Europe. For example, umbrella organizations and coalitions can bring together HL programs based on shared geographic location (e.g., all HL programs in Iceland) or they can bring together HL programs based on language (e.g. a coalition of Czech HL programs across Europe).

FOHLC Europe offers professional development to HL teachers and managers and we offer networking opportunities to professionals in the field of HL education. While not an academic conference, we invite scholars to bridge academics with our audience.

​The purpose of the conference:

The goal of organizing an annual conference is provide a platform for exchange ideas about how to:

  • promote HL education in Europe
  • promote interest of HL associations (language-based or location-based) in Europe
  • improve the quality and professionalism of HL education in Europe
  • map the situation of HL schools in Europe
  • create connections between HL associations in Europe
  • support / take part in research in HL education

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Introduction of FOHLC Europe
  • Two keynote speakers addressing the conference theme

Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Professional development workshops for heritage language teachers and program managers
  • Networking opportunities for leaders of heritage language teachers, program managers, and leaders of coalitions
  • Panel discussion addressing the theme of the conference

Please see more details in our conference schedule below.

Attendance and audience:

This year's attendance of the conference is free of charge.

We strongly encourage professionals and researchers of the heritage language education area to participate. Our audience include: HL teachers, HL program coordinators, HL program volunteers, Leaders of HL umbrella organizations, associations, and coalitions, Parents of HL learners interested in the topic of HL education, Academics involved in HL education research, Policy makers and government authorities interested in the topic of HL education and everyone interested in the future of heritage language education in Europe.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, November 19 (times in GMT/London)

19:00 – 19:05 Welcome

19:05 – 19:15 Introduction of FOHLC Europe

19:15 – 19:55 Keynote 1: Sustainability and succession planning in HL schools - Anthony Thorpe

19:55 – 20:05 Break

20:05 – 20:45 Keynote 2: School of Languages in Australia - Lia Tedesco

20:45 – 20:55 Closing

Saturday, November 20 (times in GMT/London)

18:00 – 18:05 Welcome

18:05 – 18:10 Workshop intro

18:10 – 19:10 Workshop for Teachers (parallel session)

Project-based learning in HL classrooms - Trudie Aberdeen

18:10 – 19:10 Workshop for Managers (parallel session)

International Guidelines for Professional Practices in Community-Based Heritage Language Schools - Marta McCabe, Joy Kreeft Peyton

19:10 – 19:25 Workshop summary

19:25 – 19:35 Break

19:35 – 19:45 Networking intro

19:45 – 20:10 Networking for Teachers (parallel session)

19:45 – 20:10 Networking for Managers (parallel session)

19:45 – 20:10 Networking for Coalition leaders(parallel session)

20:10 – 20:25 Networking summary

20:25 – 20:35 Break

20:35 – 21:05 Panel discussion with Ruby Mahera, Martin Guardado, Rory McDaid

Topic of discussion: What can help future-proof HL education from the perspective of technology, collaboration with mainstream schools, and language policy?

21:05 – 21:10 Closing

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FOHLC Europe is a new collaboration between several groups involved with heritage language (HL) education with the purpose of organizing an annual conference for the teachers and managers of HL programs in Europe, as well as for the leaders of coalitions and networks of HL programs. The goal of is provide a European platform for the exchange of ideas about how to promote HL education, improve the quality and professionalism of HL education, and to map the situation of HL programs in Europe. FOHLC Europe offers professional development and networking opportunities to professionals in the field of HL education. FOHLC Europe 2021 is organized by Móðurmál - the Association on Bilingualism, the Heritage Language Education Network, and Multilingual Café. See www.hlenet.org/fohlce2021 or email fohlceurope@gmail.com for more information.

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