Trilingualism FR-NL-EN also for Brusselers with yet another home language? Relevant experiments inside and outside schools
Second annual event of the Marnix Plan for a Multilingual Brussels
Question: Does the objective of French-Dutch-English trilingualism make sense for the growing number of children and adults in Brussels who have none of these languages as their home language?
Date and place:
Saturday 27 September, 9.30 am-1pm, VUB, U-Residence, Boulevard Général Jacques 271, 1050 Brussels
Language regime: French, Dutch, English, no simultaneous translation
9.30: Introductory plenary session
Introduction to the theme of the day by Piet Vervaecke (directeur, Onderwijscentrum Brussel) and Nicole Bya (responsable Langues, Secrétariat de l’enseignement catholique)
The challenge: proportions of pupils with a home language other than the school language in Brussels schools
How is the challenge currently addressed and how could and should it be addressed?
10.00-11.30: Parallel workshops
(a) Accommodating to pupils with diverse linguistic background
“Mijn taal” project of the Brussels Onderwijscentrum: experience at the Gemeentelijke Basisschool Sint-Joost-aan-Zee (Mara LeSage, volunteer at the school, and Elke Van den Ende, OCB)
Experience of the classes passerelles for newcomers in French-medium Brussels schools (Elodie Oger, assistante à l’UCL et enseignante en classe passerelle à l’Institut Ste Marie, Schaarbeek)
European School pupils without linguistic section in their native language (Kari Kivinen, Secretary General of European Schools) See presentation here: SWALS PRESENTATION VUB
(b) Practicing languages outside school
BxBrussels: helping 1000 young football players to improve their French, Dutch and English (Pieter Van Leemputten)
Huis van het Nederlands : six golden rules for language learning by volunteers in Dutch-speaking associations (Lauriane Van der Eecken)
11.30-12: Coffee break
12-13: Concluding plenary session
How realistic is the Marnix Plan in the light of the outcomes of the experiments and the governments’ commitments?
Some conclusions from the workshops by Alex Housen, Anna Sole-Mena, Piet Vervaecke and Nicole Bya (tbc)
Overview of the commitments relevant to language learning in Brussels in the programmes of the five relevant governments (RBC-BHG, FWB, VG, COCOF, VGC) and discussion of future actions and activities (Philippe Van Parijs)