Language policies Staff week 1 June 2023

From 29-31 May, the Faculty of Economics of the University of Gdańsk was visited by representatives of nine partner universities of the SEA-EU project, who came to Sopot for the Language policies Staff Week – an event organised by the Centre for Foreign Languages of the University of Gdańsk. Topics of discussion included the promotion of multilingualism, the development of language competences and the need to establish a common SEA-EU language policy.

The Staff Week, co-organised by the University of Malta, was not only an opportunity to learn more about the SEA-EU 2.0 partner universities, their activities or innovations implemented in the field of language education and international cooperation but also a chance to establish a roadmap for Task 4.6 implementation teams.

In this event, which brought together teachers of foreign languages, directors of language centres and SEA-EU administrative staff, the main objectives were outlined as the promotion of multilingualism and English language competence, and planning began for the creation of a language policy in the alliance. Team meetings were held to introduce the different partners; discussion of the learning needs of teaching and non-teaching staff, face-to-face and remote training provision and the creation of language policies; conferences dedicated to minority languages and online teaching; and a panel dedicated to the link between language teaching and the labour market.