Promoting linguistic diversity and intercultural communication
The 5th ALTE International Conference is one of the largest multilingual events for the global language assessment community. ALTE Paris 2014 provides an opportunity to hear influential voices, discuss key issues and meet colleagues from around the world. The two day event builds on the success of the 4th ALTE International Conference, held in 2011, by extending the debate into new and fascinating areas. Plenary speakers reflect both the diversity and scope of the event, and the increasingly important field of language assessment.
The conference will take place in Paris, from Thursday 10 - Friday 11 April, at the Maison Internationale, part of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. This distinctive venue provides an ideal meeting point for ALTE’s increasingly international audience; Paris is also the home of CIEP (the Centre international d’études pédagogiques), co-organiser of the conference, and is always a popular destination given its accessibility, wide range of accommodation, and outstanding cultural attractions.
THE INFLUENCE OF ALTE ON THE MULTILINGUALISM DEBATE
A message from Dr Michael Milanovic, ALTE Manager
"Ever since 1990, when ALTE was first established, we have actively debated and discussed the multitude of issues underpinning language assessment – not just through the many technical projects and training sessions we undertake, but also through initiatives designed to raise awareness of language assessment issues, and to provide leadership in the global language debate.
To celebrate the annual European Day of Languages, for example, ALTE co-hosts events within the European Parliament with EP Vice-President MEP Miguel Angel Martínez, responsible for multilingualism, MEP Hannu Takkula, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, and Cambridge English Language Assessment. ALTE has also been an active member of the European Commission’s Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism since it was established in 2009; as part of this, ALTE was closely involved with the Poliglotti4.eu project, and the setting up of a Language Observatory to capture good practice and instigate policy research.
Since 2003, ALTE has also held INGO status with the Council of Europe, enabling collaboration on an even wider range of projects with far-reaching impacts.
Relationships such as these, together with our proactive involvement in ongoing debate and policy discussion, has made ALTE in many ways the embodiment of multilingualism - an influential voice, and a rich resource of knowledge and understanding of the many issues underpinning strategic policy direction, and implementation both in the classroom and in wider society.
The ALTE 5th International Conference will therefore be an un-missable opportunity for anyone involved or interested in multilingualism – whether teacher, academic, policy maker or involved observer – to join ALTE and debate the issues involved, and to influence where we go from here.
We look forward to seeing you in Paris."