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Harmonious Bilingualism: a new website about bilingualism

A new website about bilingualism has been launched. It is in four languages (EN, FR, NL and DE) and is run by the Belgian researcher Annick De Houwever, a professor at the University of Erfurt in Germany, in collaboration with researchers from Belgian, German and American universities. Harmonious Bilingualism (HaBilNet)aims to support and stimulate scientific research into harmonious bilingualism and to make sure the results of that research are widely disseminated both within and outside (...)

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“Brussel is een emancipatiemachine"

Politiek is Brussel een tweetalig gewest, maar op straat hoor je een bonte mengeling van talen. Begin deze eeuw sprak slechts 2,5 procent van de Brusselaars geen Frans, Engels of Nederlands. Vandaag is dat opgelopen tot acht procent, zo blijkt uit de jongste taalbarometer van Rudi Janssens (VUB). Maar: “Wie Brussel verlaat, kent wel gemiddeld veel meer Frans en Nederlands dan wie hier aankomt,” zegt Philippe Van Parijs (UCL). En Rudi Janssens: “Brussel is een emancipatiemachine.”
Bruzz, (...)

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Lezing en debat met Sven Gatz Brussels Minister van de Promotie van Meertaligheid

Dinsdag 10 maart: Op uitnodiging van VUB rector Caroline Pauwels bespreekt onze Brusselse minister voor de bevordering van meertaligheid Sven Gatz wat universiteiten en onderzoek kunnen doen om de verwerving en het onderwijs van talen in Brussel te bevorderen. Hij treedt in debat met Alex Housen, Rudi Janssens en Jill Surmont (VUB).
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Conférence « Multilingues sans en avoir l’air »

Le mercredi 18 mars 2020, aura lieu à Bruxelles la conférence « Multilingues sans en avoir l’air », organisée par la Direction des Relations Internationales de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles dans le cadre du Label européen des langues. Le Label européen des langues est une initiative de la Commission européenne qui récompense des projets innovants dans le domaine de l’apprentissage des langues, qui visent à améliorer les compétences linguistiques des apprenants. Tous les deux ans, un concours est (...)

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Policy note 2019-2024 for the promotion of multilingualism in Brussels

Sven Gatz (Open VLD), finance minister in the Brussels government, is the first ever minister for the promotion of multilingualism in Brussels’, indeed he is possibly the first such minister anywhere in the world. His “policy proposal 2019-2024” was presented to the Brussels Parliament on 9 December 2019 and received strong support from all parties.
This proposal set out the main principles of the government declaration which emphasizes the importance of competence in French, English and (...)

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Overview of the Programmes of the Governments for 2019-24

Five governments:
Language policy in the Brussels Capital Region lies within the competences of several governments. Dutch-language and French-language education and culture are under the authority, respectively, of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap (VG) and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB). However, language policy is not only a matter of education and culture. Moreover, in a region that is increasingly diverse linguistically and whose population is increasinly multilingual, the French-Dutch (...)

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Marnix Debate at the Jubel Festival

Panel debate: Multilingualism: How can Brussels become an example for the rest of Europe?
The Jubel Festival for European Democracy (www.jubelfestival.com), held in Brussels’ Parc du Cinquantenaire on 6-7 September 2019 hosted a large set of parallel interactive encounters on a variety of subjects relevant to European democracy. The Marnix Plan for a multilingual Brussels was invited to organize one of them. It took place in the morning of Saturday 7 September under the title (...)

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Five questions to philosopher Philippe Van Parijs on Brussels’ linguistic challenge

Read Marnix Plan co-ordinator Philippe Van Parijs’ interview with the Brussels Times, in which he discusses the history and changing linguistic landscape of the city of Brussels, along with recent proposals by the ULB and the VUB to set up multilingual schools.

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