Hanoi event to spotlight European language diversity

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Hanoi-based Goethe Institute will host several languge courses and a conference on European Language Days on Oct 14-15, to feature the region's linguistic diversity.


This event is organized by several European cultural institutes and embassies, including the British Council, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Institute Cervantes and the Representation of Wallonie-Bruxelles as well as  the embassies of Spain, Italy and Hungary.


During the two-day event, speakers will introduce their national languages and talk about Europe's linguistic diversity as well as its role in international contexts.


A  conference titled "Multilingualism Challenge and Chance for a Global World" will be held on the first day.


Vietnamese professor Hung Nguyen will talk about "The Foreign Languages 2020 Project in Vietnam," and Prof Jürgen Quetz of the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt will speak on "Plurilingual Syllabuses for Schools in a Multilingual World."


The British Council will present a short lecture on Information and Communications Technologies in Education and the Hanoi National University will host a discussion on the language learning process of Vietnamese students in French.


Prof. Quetz, the Belgian linguist, semiologist Prof. Jean-Marie Klinkenberg and moderator Dang Hoang Giang will talk about language diversity, its importance in the cultural wealth of Europe and the role of multilingualism in strengthening international bonds.


The second day, a Festival of European Languages, will focus on practice with the presentation of several 30-minute mini-courses in German, English, French, Spanish, Hungarian and Italian in the classrooms and the library of the Goethe Institute.


Instructional materials such as posters, picture books, short films will be available for visitors who will also have the opportunity to get a sample of several language courses, to learn their first words in a new language among the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.


According to the organizers, the event intends to represent diversity and demonstrate the importance of multilingualism, particularly for relations with Europe today.


Entrance to all events is free.


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