International Mother Language Day 21 February, 2012

Speaking foreign languages is a very useful skill, it is essential for the labour market, to make contacts, and to know foreign countries.

Most of the people study languages in primary and high schools, but without speaking and practicing, they forget them easily. To avoid this, UNESCO, the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and UN agencies participate in events to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.

One of these events is the International Mother Language Day which is annually held on February 21 to celebrate languages spoken worldwide.

The event exists since February 2000 throughout the world, to promote linguistic, cultural diversity as well as multilingualism.

Due to the globalization processes languages are under threat. When a language dies, the traditions, memories are also lost. According to UNESCO: “Half of the 6,700 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing before the century ends, a process that can be slowed only if urgent action is taken by governments and speaker communities.”

In connection with this event, interested people could even join an International Photography Contest.

The main goal of this contest was that the participants around the world could share their language opinion and support through photography.

Would you like to see the winner photos? You can check them on the official website of the event:

http://www.motherlanguageday.org/about-the-contest

Have you ever participated in the International Mother Language Day? Share your experiences!

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Lingua Show 2012, Prague

Would you like to work or study abroad? Are you interested in language courses, language exams or International Exchange programmes?

From the 15th to 16th of March 2012, Lingua Show will take place inPrague parallel with Jobs Expo.

There, you will have the opportunity to participate in seminars on funding opportunities, teaching methods and language learning. You will be also able to discuss about job opportunities with EU translators and interpreters as well as to get involved in many interactive animations, quizzes and live performances.

Presentations, workshops and small language courses will provide the visitor with the opportunity to know the variety of learning programmes, languages and cultures.

The European Commission will also take part in the event to inform the participants about the importance of achieving foreign language skills and how they can find jo opportunities in other European countries.

Visit the event website to know more about exhibitors, programmes and practical information:   http://www.linguashow.cz/en/veletrh/lingua-show.html

 

Plurilingualism Call for Proposal officially closed

The 17th of January was the deadline to participate in the Plurilingualism Promotion Plan 2012/2013. We have received more than 30 applications for new subjects from several degrees offered at the University of Almería.

The most participative faculties have been the School of Engineering, the School of Economics and Business Studies and the School of Health Sciences. However, we have also applicants from the School of Experimental Sciences, Psychology, Law, Education and Humanities.

The applications are being revised during this week and the first list of accepted professors will be published next week.

The professors who have applied will have the opportunity to enjoy language courses and experiences abroad as well as getting a certification of foreign language teaching.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Find there all the information about the Plurilingualism Project!

Welcome to the Year of the Dragon! 新年快樂

The Chinese New Year is the most important event of the Chinese Festivities. In China it is known as “Spring Festival”, the translation of the Chinese name: 春節

According to the Chinese tradition, every year is dedicated to a specific animal. 2012 is the year of the Dragon, and it will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity.

Due to the internationalization of our University, the Chinese culture is getting nearer. The UAL is pleased to count on 16 Chinese students from Changchun and Pekin. They are part of the schools of Economics and Humanities and they are learning Spanish as well.

On the 24th of January, these Chinese students shared with the rest of the members of the University this special celebration. It was set a tent in the central street of the University with typical Chinese decorations, colourful lanterns and origami cranes, lucky symbols for the New Year.Lot of students and visitors could get closer to the Chinese culture and taste a typical Chinese tee and special food. Interested people had also the opportunity to know their Chinese animal in the Asian horoscope and to write their names in Chinese.

This event brought closer the Spanish and Chinese culture and made it possible to share this important celebration through different views of life. Find more information about this event in the University website: http://cms.ual.es/UAL/en/universidad/organosgobierno/gabcomunicacion/noticias/23ENE2012_CHINOS

And Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!