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Langscape Symposium Berlin: Break-out Session Teaching Projects (Erasmus+)

Dear Langscape members,

Our directors of Teaching Projects – Daniela, Özlem, and Sevinc – propose to apply for a project within the Strategic Partnership funding line of the European Union (Erasmus+). The idea is to offer a specialised doctoral support programme offered through Langscape by its members over a period of three years. The core elements will be face-to-face summer schools and a virtual online module addressing relevant topics for PhD research in the field of multilingualism, language teaching and identity (e.g. concepts and theory, methodology and research methods), and for further academic qualification (e.g. teaching). The product aimed for in the project will be a sustainable curriculum for doctoral research and practice in the areas of investigation of Langscape. We thus hope to be able to offer a unique programme characterised by international perspectives across related areas of research that have not yet been linked or integrated “across disciplines & linguaspheres”.

Therefore, we will set aside a slot at the VUM Symposium in Berlin (8/9 July) of two-three hours to kick-off the project development phase in order to be able to meet the submission deadline in Feb/March 2017. Whilst planning will continue over the summer, actual proposal writing will start in October/Novembern 2016. The coordinators will be Daniela and her team at Frankfurt University.

All Langscape members wishing to be part of the project are requested to state their interest and register for the kick-off session. A preliminary description of the project idea including a quick-list of the cornerstones for Strategic Partnership projects Erasmus+ is attached to this call. In the online registration form for the kick-off meeting please indicate the teaching format (Summer School / online module) and the topic (e.g. theory; research methods; methodology; preparation for academic teaching, or any other) that you think you will be able to offer.

In order to facilitate communication and the preparation of the kick-off meeting, please use the Langscape Symposium website for your registration. Registration will be open until May 30th, 2016.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin,

best wishes,

Lutz, Bettina, Stephan

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Langscape Symposium “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism & Language Pedagogy”

Dear colleagues and friends,

Please, find attached the announcement of the LANGSCAPE Symposium on “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism & Language Pedagogy” taking place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the 8th and 9th of July 2016.

Itesh Sachdev and Katja Lochtman – in their capacity as leaders of the directorate Research Projects – are currently initiating the research project “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism”.

Together with the LANGSCAPE coordinators, Katja and Itesh wish to encourage all members of the network to join the project and circulate the announcement of the Berlin symposium within their research groups. They will be happy to respond to all questions regarding the project. Questions, however, should be sent through

Thank you for your support of and contribution to this Langscape project.

Kind regards from of the project coordination team:

Itesh & Katja,

Lutz, Stephan & Bettina

20160322_Langscape Symposium Berlin_Announcement



LANGSCAPE Symposium: Vitality of Urban Multilingualism & Language Pedagogy

8 July 2016: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

9 July 2016: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm


Room 2249a

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

Registration by 30th May 2016

Multilingual living has received a considerable boost in recent times due to increased migration to urban contexts within and across national and regional boundaries. Super or hyperdiverse, globalised urban contexts, under a variety of different national and local policies and contexts, provides interesting challenges and opportunities for multilingual and intercultural communication, social cohesion and education. Focussing on language learning and language teacher education, this LANGSCAPE Symposium aims to explore how the Vitality of Urban Multilingualism (VUM) relates to intercultural competence, sensitivity and awareness and its role in language teaching and learning. VUM is about how societal multilingualism and individual plurilingualism thrive and flourish in urban conglomerations in terms of an array of demographic, status, and institutional support (& control) factors. We invite experts in the field of multi-/plurilingualism working on language learning and/or language teacher education to join us to discuss these issues in the symposium.

In addition to keynote speakers, the symposium in Berlin will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of preliminary data comprising interviews with language teachers across various LANGSCAPE cities/sites. We call for LANGSCAPE members to express their interest in the project on VUM & Language Pedagogy, and for a confirmation to conduct a small-scale interview study in their area/city by June 2016. This semi-structured interview study would consist of 6 main questions to be posed to language teachers. Ideally, we would like between 15-20 short interviews to be conducted by each partner. Of course, partners will determine the number of interviews according to time and capacity available. Please, send your expression of interest to conduct the interview study to by 27 March 2016. Interview questions and other materials will then be sent to you. Discussion at the symposium in Berlin of preliminary data and findings is envisaged.

For further information and registration for the symposium, please, go to: Registration ends by 30th May 2016. A contribution for refreshments (€ 15) will be collected at the registration desk.



  • Lesley Harbon, University of Technology Sydney

“Superdiversity in language teacher education: compelling issues from the Australian context“

  • Lid King, The Language Company, UK and Lorna Carson, Trinity College Dublin

“Diversity and the city – the LUCIDE experience”

  • Cor van der Meer, Fryske Akademy, Mercator Institute

“Minority languages and urban multilingualism”

  • Anne Pauwels, SOAS, University of London

Details will be confirmed.




Upcoming LANGSCAPE Events in Berlin

Dear LANGSCAPE Members,

I am happy to announce three LANGSCAPE events that will take place in Berlin this summer.


LANGSCAPE doctoral seminar

Place: Humboldt-University, Berlin

Date and Time: July 7, 2016 / 1:00 – 7:00 pm


VUM Symposium

(“Vitality of Urban Multilingualism in Europe: Comparative cross-national studies”)

Place: Humboldt-University, Berlin

Date and Time:

July 8, 2016 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

July 9, 2016 / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


LANGSCAPE Board of Directors meeting

Place: Humboldt-University, Berlin

Date and Time: July 8, 2016 / 5:30 – 7:30 pm


More details on the registration formalities and the schedule of each day will be available soon.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin.

Kind regards on behalf of the entire LANGSCAPE coordination team

Bettina Kaiser

Summary: BoD and members meeting in Barcelona (Oct. 2015)

Dear LANGSCAPE Members,

Time passes quickly and a month has already passed since our meeting in Barcelona in October. It is more than time to update the entire LANGSCAPE community on the key issues that were discussed in Spain. In the following, you will find all relevant information.

1             Personnel

  • Bettina Kaiser will succeed Claudia Schmidt in her position as coordination assistant.
  • Katja Lochtman now co-chairs the research projects directorate together with Itesh Sachdev.


2            New Members since Brussels

An Vande Casteele (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Yasemin Bayyurt (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

Cor van der Meer (Fryske Academy, Ljouwert)

Frank Rabe (Universität Braunschweig)

Gabriele Budach (University of Luxembourg)

Heini-Marja Järvinen (University of Turku)

Jenny Jakisch (Universität Braunschweig)

David Gerlach (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

María González Davies (Blanquerna Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona)

Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer (Universität Hamburg)

Sofia Stratilaki (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)

Sumru Akcan (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

Lesley Harbon (University of Technology, Sydney)

Anka Bergmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


3            LANGSCAPE Projects

3.1         Research project: “Vitality of Urban Multilingualism” (VUM)

The research projects directorate will coordinate a collaborative research project called VUM. Research Questions of this project will be:

  1. What is the VUM in LANGSCAPE partners cities/towns?
  2. What are attitudes to multilingualism and plurilingualism in these places; How do VUM and attitudes to multilingualism relate?
  3. Focus on Teacher Education – a qualitative study: How is VUM reflected in educational contexts through teachers attitudes, classroom practice and school policies?

Itesh Sachdev and Katja Lochtman will keep LANGSCAPE members informed on the progress of the project. Soon, more detailed information will be made available via the LANGSCAPE blog.

At the VUM Symposium in Berlin between 8th and 9th of July 2016, first results can be discussed among participants.

3.2         Book series: Research on Identity/Multilingualism/Plurilingualism (RIMP)

LANGSCAPE will establish a printed monolingual English book series as well as an online multilingual open access publication.

3.3         Visibility

A working group within LANGSCAPE will create an official, updated and redesigned website. The LANGSCAPE Coordination team will also finalise the new poster design together with the concept of the slogan. Results of both processes will be made available to the LANGSCAPE community early in the next year.

3.4         Doctoral Support

Doctoral seminars will be established as a regular forum for exchange preferably at the annual LANGSCAPE meetings.


4            Prospective Tasks

4.1         Next LANGSCAPE meeting and doctoral seminar 2016

Both will take place in Berlin between the 7th and 9th of July 2016.

4.2         Next LANGSCAPE meeting and doctoral seminar 2017

Members will need to determine the venue for the meeting and doctoral seminar in 2017.


Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions or comments at


Kind regards from your co-ordination team,

Bettina Kaiser, Stephan Breidbach und Lutz Küster


NEWS: Website Symposium “Sociocultural Approaches…” in Barcelona, 14 – 16 October 2015

Dear LANGSCAPE members,

we are happy to announce that the website providing detailed information on the Symposium

“Sociocultural Approaches to Additional Language Learning/Teaching, Research and Teacher Education: Bridging the Gap between Practice and Theory”

co-organized by LANGSCAPE BoD-member Olga Esteve (Doctoral Support & Networking) and taking place in Barcelona between 14th and 16th October is now accessible. Please refer to:


Please keep in mind: as has been announced in earlier blog posts, there will also be the LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar and LANGSCAPE-BoD-and-members-Meeting (on the 13th October) as well as the AILA-Meeting (on the 16th October) surrounding the symposium.

[For older blog posts, please see:


Best regards,

Claudia Schmidt

Save the Date + Call for Papers: Conference on Plurilingualism, pluriculturalism and English in globalization, Angers 7-10 October 2015

Dear LANGSCAPE members and friends,

please save the date for another highly interesting conference on

“Plurilingualism, pluriculturalism and English in globalization: devices, practices and issues in the internationalization of European higher education”.

The International Congress organized by the Western Catholic University Angers (F) and the University of Nantes (F) will take place at Western Catholic University at Angers between 7th and 10th October.

For more detailed information, please refer to the bilingual paper on the congress (including a call for papers) and do not hesitate to contact us or Christiane Fäcke, member of the LANGSCAPE Publication Policy directorate, who is co-organizing this conference.

Best regards,

Claudia Schmidt

(LANGSCAPE Coordination Team)


Call for Papers: Symposium + LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar – Barcelona, 13-16 October 2015

Dear LANGSCAPE members and friends,

we are pleased to be able to provide you today with some details concerning the Symposium and LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar in Barcelona in October this year along with the according proposal forms:

1. The Symposium

“Sociocultural Approaches to Additional Language Learning/Teaching Research and Teacher Education: Bridging the Gap between Practice and Theory”

taking place between 14th and 16th October. Please follow these links for a detailed description of the Symposium and the form to be filled in and sent back to the organizers if you wish to propose a contribution.


2. The LANGSCAPE Doctoral Seminar

“Research on multilingualism in the language classroom”

which will be held prior to the Symposium on 13th October. Please find here a short description and the proposal form to be sent back as well to the coordinators named.

For any problems and questions concerning the events in Barcelona, please contact the organizers/coordinators introduced in the documents.

Looking forward to meeting you there.

Best regards from Berlin,

Claudia Schmidt (on behalf of the LANGSCAPE Coordination Team)


Save the Date: LANGSCAPE + Symposium + AILA in Barcelona, 13 – 16 October, 2015

Dear Langscape members,

We are very pleased to be able to send our best wishes for a happy New Year in conjunction with the announcement of the next general Langscape-Meeting (functioning as a BoD – meeting) at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona on the 13th October, 2015.

We are very grateful to Olga Esteve and her team, who will host this meeting and the succession of other Langscape-related events in the same week. The Langscape/BoD-Meeting will be in a sandwich-position between an opening Doctoral Seminar and a three-day Symposium of the AILA ReN “Sociocultural Theory and Emergentism”. You are all very warmly invited to participate in each of these events.

Below, you find a tentative schedule for you to be able to save the date(s).

• Langscape Doctoral Seminar: ‘Research on multilingualism in educational settings’                    October 13th, 2015 (9 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)

 • Langscape & BoD-Meeting (open to all Langscape members)                                                    October 13th, 2015 (afternoon, est. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Symposium: Sociocultural approaches to additional language learning/teaching research and teacher education:  bridging the gap between practice and theory, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)         October 14th -16th, 2015

AILA ReN-Meeting                                                                                                                                  October 16th, 2015 (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

A more detailled programme for the whole week, a Call for Papers for the ReN-Symposium and details for the Doctoral Seminar will be coming soon.

We hope to see you in Barcelona in October.
Best wishes from Berlin for now,
Stephan, Lutz and Claudia

Save the Date: IZBF Doctoral Summer School 2014 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dear Langscape members and friends,

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (IZBF) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin invites postgraduates and PhD-researchers to take part in the Doctoral Summer School 2014.

This year’s motto of the Summer School will be:

The methodology chapter in educational research –
issues in empirical and theory-driven research

The Summer School welcomes doctoral researchers from all fields of educational research. In 2014, there will be a special focus on research projects in language education. Working languages will be German and English.

The Summer School will take place on 11th and 12th September 2014 at the Campus Mitte of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The overall aim of this year´s Summer School is to foreground important methodological issues in both empirical and theory-driven research. Guiding questions will be:

  • What basic assumptions is a research question based on?

  • What are the contexts that give relevance to individual projects?

  • Which is the scope of the expected results of a research project?

  • How are the research topic and the applied methods linked?

  • Which perspectives are opened by individual research designs and which are excluded? What are the potentials and limitations of analytic-nomothetic and interpretive-reconstructive methods?

  • Which issues referring to ethical guidelines for research are to be accounted for?

These and other related questions will be discussed in workshops and counselling sessions conducted by various experts in the field of research methodology.

Details on the program, application & registration procedure and participation fees will be announced in May 2014. Members of the IZFB qualify for a reduced rate.

For further information, please refer to:

Alternatively, contact Jurik Stiller at the IZBF:

Organising Committee of the IZFB-Summer School 2014:

Anka Bergmann (Russian Language Education)

Stephan Breidbach (English Language Education)

Stefan Kipf (Latin/Greek Language Education)

Lutz Küster (French/Spanish Language Education)


(You can find this announcement as pdf file here.)


Best regards,

Claudia Schmidt

Save the date & Call for Papers: International conference SOCIOCULTURAL COMPETENCE & LANGUAGE LEARNING IN MULTILINGUAL SETTINGS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 18-19 September 2014

Dear Langscape members,

please save the date for another interesting conference on 18 and 19 September at Brussels!


at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BRUSSELS, on 18-19 September 2014.

All information concerning the conference, deadlines for the Call for Papers etc. are to be found here:

Please forward the link and information on this conference also to anyone not (or not yet) affiliated with the Langscape Network.

PLEASE NOTE: We are planning a Langscape- as well as a BoD-Meeting alongside the conference, so coming to Brussels in autumn will be rewarding in more than one way…

A precise date will be negotiated in due time.

Kindest regards,