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Final Event – 2 & 3 November 2021

Virtual Language App

Final Event VirtuLApp

2 and 3 November 2021, Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands

We kindly invite you to the VirtuLApp project’s final event, hosted by Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning (Fryske Akademy). It will take place on 2 and 3 November 2021, in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

The Virtual Language App, in short VirtuLApp, is a European funded project and develops an innovative multilingual and multididactic approach which primary school teachers can use in the classroom to welcome pupils’ home languages.

The main topics are education and multilingualism as well as linguistic diversity and technology in the classroom. During the event, the project outcomes to support teachers with both knowledge and tools. This includes the digital toolkit for teachers and BabelAR, the multilingual Augmented Reality game for language awareness.

Amongst the speakers are Prof. Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country), Prof. Dr. Joana da Silveira Duarte (NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands), Prof. Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country), and Dr. Mirjam Günther-van der Meij (NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands).

2 November: 14:00 – 17:30
3 November: 10:00 – 16:00
programme listed below


We’re looking forward to welcome you face to face in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden for our final event.

Preliminary Programme

changes may occur


2 November

Education & Multilingualism

Registration
13:30 h

Opening
14:00 h

VirtuLApp project managed Drs. Cor van der Meer from the Mercator European Research Centre for Multilingualism and Language Learning (hosted by Fryske Akademy) will open the day. The opening speech is held by Managing Director of the Fryske Akademy, Dr. Nelleke IJssennagger-van der Pluijm, FSA.

Keynote speakers Prof. Durk Gorter and Prof. Dr. Joana da Silveira Duarte
14:20 h

Speakers Prof. Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country) and Prof. Dr. Joana da Silveira Duarte (NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands) will discuss the premises and needs for multilingual education, inclusion of all home languages and less language separation.

VirtuLApp’s Frequently Asked Questions
15:00 h

Speakers Prof. Jasone Cenoz and Drs. Eider Saragueta tell about the needs and questions which teachers in the field face and present the Frequently Asked Questions, a tool made available by VirtuLApp

— Coffee break —

Education and multilingualism: related projects
15:50

Two short presentations are held by Lui García Gurrutxaga (Donostiako Berritzegunea) and Hilda Heyde of the RUTU foundation.

Language awareness: VirtuLApp’s quiz with Babel
16:30

To increase language awareness, Virtulapp has created the quiz with Babel. Thomas Meynen of Luca School of Arts will explain the quiz and challenge all participants!

Round up of the day
17:00


3 November

linguistic diversity & technology in the classroom

Opening
10:00 h

VirtuLApp project managed Drs. Cor van der Meer from the Mercator European Research Centre for Multilingualism and Language Learning (hosted by Fryske Akademy) will open the day.

Keynote speaker Dr. Mirjam Günther-van der Meij
10:10 h

Dr. Mirjam Günther-van der Meij (NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands)

Best practices in VirtuLApp’s didactical videos
10:40 h

Mathy Vanbuel and Sally Reynolds present the best practices of multilingual education and inclusion of home languages with the didactical videos made available by VirtuLApp

Linguistic diversity & technology in the classroom: related projects
11:10 h

Two short presentations are held

— Lunch —

World Café
13:30 h

In the World Café, participants are invited to discuss VirtuLApp tools and related projects.

VirtuLApp’s BabelAR!
14:30 h

The VirtulApp game BabelAR! is presented as a tool to use in any classroom for an activity on language awareness and home languages. Also, the winner of the #BabelARchallenge is announced.

Round up of the day and event
15:30

About Ljouwert and the venue

Ljouwert/Leeuwarden is the capital city of the province of Fryslân. Ljouwert is also where the Fryske Akademy is seated, which is the host of Mercator European Research Centre for Multilingualism and Language Learning. Fryslân has two official languages, Dutch and Frisian. Besides these two, other languages are spoken too in this multilingual province. These are amongst others Bildts, Stellingwerfs, or the several varieties of Town Frisian, as well as numerous migrant languages.

The event will take place at the Oranje Hotel (Stationsweg 4
8911 AG, Leeuwarden). This hotel is next to the city centre and opposite the train and bus station. A special arrangment for a stay during the event is available, please mention the Fryske Akademy or Mercator when you book the hotel.

covid-19 measures

Coronavirus entry passes have to be shown to enter the venue. You can get a QR-code/coronavirus entry pass if you are fully vaccinated; have had a coronavirus infection; or have tested negative for coronavirus. You can find more information on the coronavirus entry pass here.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, make an appointment to get tested for coronavirus by the municipal health service (GGD)

More information or questions

Interested, do you want to present your work, or do you have questions? E-mail us!