Languages as cultural heritage

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Language is crucial, as it not only functions as a communication device, but also contains irreplaceable cultural heritage, knowledge and traditions. Watch this webinar to learn more about the diverse linguistic and cultural landscape of Europe, as well as to discover practices that ensure multilingual education is available to all.

22 September 2020 | Duration: 70 min

What was this webinar about?

In the webinar the first presentation will provide you with the results of INDIRE language survey, which was developed by the European Commission in cooperation with INDIRE (Italian Institute for Documentation, Innovation, Educational Research). The questions touched upon in this survey are relevant for the current policy discussion on language learning, teaching and assessing.

The second presentation will be focused on bilingual or trilingual schools in the Basque education system in light of the report on the future of language education in Europe.

Finally, you will be introduced to ECCA (European Charter Classroom Activities), a pilot project aimed at implementing Classroom activities on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages published by the Council of Europe in February 2019. About 500 students from five language regions are involved in activities and encouraged to enquire into the sociolinguistic and cultural situation of lesser-used languages. This way they become more responsible young citizens, aware of the kaleidoscopic linguistic and cultural landscape of Europe.

Speaker panel

Letizia Cinganotto

Letizia Cinganotto is a full-time researcher at INDIRE (National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research), Italy. Her main research areas are language learning/teaching, CLIL, Technology-Enhanced Language Learning, school innovation and teacher training. She has presented papers at national and international conferences and published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals, and recently, four volumes on CLIL.

Jon Andoni Dunabeitia

Prof. Dr. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia is a researcher in Cognitive Science of Language who currently works as a Full Professor at the Facultad de Lenguas y Educación of the Universidad Nebrija. He is the Director of the Centro de Ciencia Cognitiva (C3) and the Principal Investigator of the research group CEDI (Cognición, Educación y Diferencias Individuales). He is also Professor II at the Department of Languages and Culture of the Arctic University of Norway. His main research interest concerns the neurobiological and cognitive substrates of multilingualism and reading throughout the life cycle.


Sabrina Rasom has worked at the Universities of Padova and Trento in language acquisition and syntactic variation. Her activities focus on dialectology and minority languages, corpus and status planning, as well as on didactics of minority languages. She is Vice Chair of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), and is responsible for the Unit of Ladin Language Policy of the Comun general de Fascia in the Province of Trento in Italy.

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