Language Learning and Teaching in the Context of Twin Cities: Survey of Experieces and Needs : Recommendations for the Promotion of Languages

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Council of Europe, 2004 - Business & Economics - 78 pages
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The twinning of cities and municipalities possibly represents the largest platform for encounter and mutual acquaintance established in modern times. However, can such a merger between the fellow-citizens of Europe be achieved without first addressing in a determined way the issue of languages, of teaching languages and their diversity? This publication is a report on research (2001-2003) based on responses to questionnaires sent to 81 towns, representing 328 twinnings in Europe and the world.
 

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Contents

1 Preliminary remarks
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12 Aims and objectives of the research
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2 Language communication between twin cities
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22 Choice of languages used
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221 Languages used according to the country participating in the twinning
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222 Languages spoken by target group
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23 Modes of communication and importance of verbal communication
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24 Evaluation of the exchanges
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44 Evaluation of school exchange programmes
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441 Relational aspect
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442 Intercultural aspect
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45 Linguistic impact
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453 European citizenship
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455 Language skills
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46 In conclusion
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5 Conclusion
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25 Wishes and prospects
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3 Organisation of adult language courses
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31 Organisation of courses
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32 Languages taught
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33 Reasons why languages courses are not available or discontinued
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341 Answers that illustrate the desire to maintain existing courses andor organise others
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35 In conclusion
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4 School exchange programmes as part of twinning
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411 Exchange modes
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412 Political aspects
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414 Financial aspects
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42 Exchange initiative
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43 Languages used in school exchange programmes
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514 Wishes and best practice
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517 Wishes and best practice
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52 Assumptions confirmed with reservations
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53 Future strategy
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6 Recommendations
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62 Preferred procedures and methodology
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622 For regular language courses
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623 For school exchange programmes
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Participating towns and cities
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Research questionnaire to the twinning officers of cities towns and municipalities
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Bibliography
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About the contributors
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