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Message from FIPLV President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I trust that this message finds all of you well in those unprecedented times. This has been a very difficult year for all of us, no matter in which part of the world we are based and in what capacity we are involved in language education. Online teaching, lockdowns, difficulty in doing research in real classrooms, restrictions on travel and cancelation or postponement of numerous events have surely taken a heavy toll on all of us.

The situation has also affected the activities of our association which have not been as vibrant and extensive as we would have wished. Numerous initiatives have gotten delayed and, as you know from my previous message, the World Congress has also been postponed until the summer of 2022 when the pandemic has likely been taken under control. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would also like to offer my apologies for not having been in touch on a regular basis. However, the situation has impacted all of us to a greater or lesser extent.

I am confident that FIPLV will become much more active in a variety of ways in 2021. If the vaccine works, some events scheduled for the second half of the year might indeed involve face-to-face interactions. Before this happens, however, we are planning a number of initiatives to bring the member federations closer together, such as webinars, book projects and online meetings. We will be sending more information in our newsletter in January.

In the meantime, I am sending warm wishes for the holiday season. May 2021 bring all of us hope, joy, happiness and good health.

Mirosław Pawlak

President of FIPLV

Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes

International Federation of Language Teacher Associations


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT FIPLV WORLD CONGRESS

FIPLV World Congress of Modern Languages

Warsaw, June 27-29, 2022

Language education in the times of global change: The need for collaboration and new perspectives

Our initial intention was to hold the FIPLV World Congress of Modern Languages in September 2021 in Warsaw in association with the Polish Association of Modern Languages, together with its annual conference. Despite the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we had been hoping that the event could still take place as planned. It has now become quite evident, however, that even if the conference could indeed go ahead, there is far too much uncertainty to take such a risk. We are also fully aware that it is very difficult to apply for funding, book flights and make hotel reservations, not really knowing what the future holds. At the same time, we strongly feel that most of our members are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face rather than participate in another virtual event.

For all these reasons, the Executive Committees of both FIPLV and the Polish Association of Modern Languages have agreed that the best option will be to postpone the event until 2022 when the pandemic has likely been brought under control. The Congress is scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Poland, on June 27th-29th, 2022, it will still be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Polish association, and it will be hosted by Warsaw University.

We will be sending out the first Call for Papers in February, 2021 and the closing date for the submission of abstracts will be September 30th, 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of November, 2021. Presentations in all major world languages, as well as Polish,  will be welcome.  

We are sincerely hoping for a huge turn-out following the long period of lockdowns and travel restrictions.

We look forward to seeing you in Poland.

FIPLV Executive Committee


FIPLV / NBR Conference: Future of Languages

June 11 – 12, 2020

POSTPONED until early June 2023

UPDATE

The unfolding corona virus (COVID-19) crisis has significantly affected all our lives in the past few weeks. As authorities work to contain the spread of the virus, many national and international events have been postponed. Due to continued uncertainties, the organizers of the conference, Future of Languages 2020, due to take place in Reykjavík, Iceland, this coming June, have decided to postpone the event until next summer.

The NBR/FIPLV biannual conference Future of Languages will therefore be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, June 10 and 11, 2021. The published program and registrations will be transferred to the 2021 event. 

By January 2021, the organizers will re-send the call for papers and request re-confirmation from registered participants who have already paid. Accepted papers will also be transferred to next year’s conference.

Should participants wish to withdraw from the conference, 75% of the registration fee will be refunded. The remaining 25% will cover expenses already incurred. For a refund, please write to foflanguages@hi.is before May 31, 2020.

We regret that it has come to this, but we must consider participants’ health and well-being. We look forward to welcoming you to Iceland in 2021.

With best regards.

Dr. Hólmfríður Garðarsdóttir

President of STÍL and Chair of the organizing committee

Call for Papers: Deadline 15 October 2019

The conference Future of Languages will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 2020. The venue is at the University of Iceland, “Veröld – the home of Vigdís” building, named after Iceland´s former president, Madame Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first and only UNESCO Ambassador of Languages. The program will be partly theoretical and partly practical as we join forces to learn from each other’s experiences and practices, while simultaneously gaining knowledge about future perspectives and challenges. Panels will be organized in different languages, even if English will be the main language of communication.

See the FIPLV Nordic-Baltic Region webpage here for further information

What is FIPLV?

The Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes, founded in Paris in 1931, is the only international multilingual association of teachers of languages. It has Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) ‘official partner’ status with UNESCO and has representation as an NGO with the Council of Europe. More about FIPLV here. For information about what membership of FIPLV brings you, please see below (after the news from our member association ALL).


What FIPLV shares with you:

□ Support with promoting language learning

Contact with associations all over the world

□ Ideas for managing a language teacher association

□ Information about other language organisations

□ Open discussion among members (Forum)

□ Engagement in projects

□ Resources for language teaching, teacher training and researchers

□ Information about events: World Congresses, FIPLV Regional events, and other conferences and activities through our regular News and Twitter feeds

□ Information about publications

Documents on language policy

And, of course, all our latest news!

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On FIPLV : A Poetic reflection

by Francisco Gomes de Matos, Recife,Brazil. President of the Board,ABA Global Education

In FIPLV interest in world languages we see

In FIPLV, multilingualism in action we see

In FIPLV languages-cultures are bridges between you and me

In FIPLV a commitment to Peaceful Language use we see

For FIPLV professionally to advance

The transdisciplinary preparation of language teachers may FIPLV enhance

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ALL – the UK Association for Language Learning – publishes Languages Today three times a year. Due to popular demand from international audiences, it has now introduced the Languages Today online edition, which enables ALL to provide its highly valued publication via a more timely and cost effective delivery mechanism, particularly for those located outside of the UK. When you purchase this product you will be sent a PDF to download which contains a link to the online edition. For further information, click on the image above.

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The World Congress in Niagara Falls, organized jointly by the International Modern Language Teachers’ Federation (FIPLV), the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA) and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), was a great success, with over 1200 participants.

Follow the link below to see photos as well as some presentations on the CASLT website: https://www.caslt.org/what-we-do/what-we-do-wcml-cmlv-2015_en.php