This course aims at offering students insights into European trends regarding foreign language teaching, learning and assessment, as well as information regarding policies and recommendations issued by the European Commission which is committed to promoting multilingualism in the EU and plurilingualism for European citizenry, supporting mutual understanding, facilitating mobility for work and study. It seeks to help students grasp the rather obscure concepts of ‘multilinguaslism’ and ‘interculturalism’ and to familiarize them with the major European research projects and surveys seeking to develop a European Language Indicator, valid and reliable tools with which to measure and compare the language competence of Europeans. Finally it intends to provide ideas, suggestions and resources for useful practices in effective foreign language teaching and learning.
Bessie Dendrinos completed her undergraduate studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, her postgraduate studies in the USA, at Claremont Graduate School and University Centre and at UCLA, and her postdoctoral studies in the U.K. (at the University of Cambridge). Mainly concerned with the discursive practices of TEFL and European educational language planning, she has carried out research in Greece and other European member states, particularly in England, Portugal and Spain. Her areas of expertise are language politics in the European Union and foreign language pedagogy, curriculum and materials development, as well as language testing and assessment. She has worked in the field of applied linguistics for language teaching and learning and, since the early 90s, she has been working in educational linguistics, but also in critical discourse analysis of language policy documents and foreign language teaching materials. Her keen interest in socially accountable applied linguistics has also led her to investigate linguistically construed gender ideology, the linguistic representation of poverty and the bureaucratic discourse in Greek public documents. Since 2002, she has devoted much of her time to developing a foreign language examination suite for six languages on the 6-level scale of the Council of Europe. The exams prepared by expert teams from the University of Athens and the University of Thessaloniki are conducted by the Ministry of Education, which issues the certificates of language proficiency. In 2004 she founded the Research Centre for Language Teaching, Testing and Assessment, which she has been directing ever since, and which is presently fully equipped and staffed. Since 2010, she has been very involved with two multidimensional projects, funded by the European Union and the Greek state, which are concerned with language teaching and assessment. She is also involved with the work of the DG EAC of the European Commission to promote multilingualism in Europe.
- Language Policy, Language Education Policy and Greek Policies on Language Use
- Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in the EU
- Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in Greece
- Attitudes to Foreign Language Learning in Europe
- EU and Multilingualism Policies
- European Tools and Programmes to Enhance Multilingualism
- Foreign Language Education for Multilingualism
- Rethinking Education in the EU
- Testing Systems in Europe
- Foreign Language Education and Multilingualsim in Greece
- Foreign Language Teacher Education for Multilingualism in Europe
Dendrinos, B., & Mitsikopoulou, B. (2004). Policies of Linguistic Pluralism and the Teaching of Languages in Europe. Athens: University of Athens & Metaixmio Publications.
Dendrinos, B. (2008). Language issues and language policies in Greece. In Gerhard Stickel (ed.) National and European Language Policies. National and European Language Policies. Frankfurt, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 53-69.
Kiliari, A. (2009). Language practice in Greece: the effects of European policy on multilingualism. European Journal of Language Policy, 1 (1), 21-28.
Baidak, N., Borodankova, O., Kocanova, D., & Motiejunaite, A. (2012). Key data on teaching languages at school in Europe. Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission. Available from EU Bookshop.
Eurobarometer, S. (2006). Europeans and their Languages. European Commission.
There are no prerequisites for taking this course.