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Languages in Europe Today

International Symposium on Educational Policies and Future Perspectives




Napoli, 16th-17th April 2018




Languages have always been a pivotal element upon which the European Union has invested over the years with new projects, policies and initiatives in the field of language education. The promotion of plurilingualism across Europe is one of the recurrent objectives pursued by the European Commission. The advent of Brexit, the rise of break-away independence movements and the often precarious balance generated by recent migratory flows all call for a need to continually re-evaluate language policies and practices in order to best foster integration and inclusion through forward-looking social and academic programmes.


This two-day symposium aims to offer an overarching yet detailed view of the ever-changing European linguacultural scenario and the consequent European language policies with their repercussions upon research and experimental initiatives in the field of language education. It is only through an in-depth investigation of such topical issues that we can LET languages shape our European identities.


Invited speakers
- Luca Tomasi, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission, Brussels.
- Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham
- Ernesto Macaro, University of Oxford
- Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna
- Henry Widdowson, University of London





Monday 16th April 2018
From 10.00 to 1.00 pm
Sala Villani, via Suor Orsola 10

Diverse lingue orribili favelle. Istituzioni europee e Babele delle lingue

Luca Tomasi

Tuesday 17th April 2018
Sala degli Angeli, via Suor Orsola 10

Institutional greetings

Lucio d'Alessandro, Emma Giammattei

Welcome address

Bruna Di Sabato, Antonio Perri

Opening remarks

Luca Tomasi


Session one
Language and superdiversity

Angela Creese, Adrian Blackledge
Student question time


Session two
Incapable competences: the communicative use of English as a lingua franca

Barbara Seidlhofer
Student question time



Session three
Language learner strategies in content and language educational contexts: a whole new field of research and development

Ernesto Macaro
Student question time

Closing remarks

Henry Widdowson




Guided tour of the Monastic Citadel organized by the Department of Conservation of Cultural Heritage




Scientific Committee

Lucio d'Alessandro
Enrico Corbi
Emma Giammattei
Bruna Di Sabato
Antonio Perri
Paolo E. Balboni
Giorgio Banti

Conference Coordinators

Bruna Di Sabato
Bronwen Hughes
Antonio Perri




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