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European Projects in University Language Centres

Creativity, Dynamics, Best Practice


Edited By Carmen Argondizzo

This volume offers a collection of best practices carried out in university contexts with the aim of highlighting the relevant role that Language Centres play in the field of language learning and the benefit they receive from European project planning. Issues such as intercomprehension, integration and diversity, interlinguistic models in disadvantaged migration contexts, audio description, cinema and translation as well as crosscurricular studies for university students, learners’ assessment, the promotion of plurilingualism in enterprises and in the legal field are tackled with special attention on the theoretical and practical dimensions that projects need to consider during the planning, implementation and dissemination actions. The variety of topics shows the daily liveliness that University Language Centres experience and the energy that they offer to the national and international communities. Thus the final chapter attentively explores strategies of Quality Assurance which further enhance the value of team work and project work within and beyond the academic context. This has the aim of promoting both cooperation that crosses geographical boundaries as well as quality in project dynamics which encourages a wide-angled multilingual and multicultural perspective.


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My thank you goes to: Maurizio Gotti (General Editor of the Peter Lang series Linguis- tic Insights) for accepting the manuscript of this volume and for his precise and attentive editorial work. Adrian Stähli (Peter Lang Commissioning Editor) for his friendly attitude which makes authors feel at ease when dealing with the so many aspects of publication. Natalia Guido, Monica Lippolis (Ministry of Labour and Social Policy) and Michela Volpi (ISFOL) for their pleasant professional sup- port and precious advice that they have always given me during project planning, implementation and dissemination. Manola Peschieri (Policy Officer in DG Education and Culture, European Commission) for her support and her convinced commitment to language policies and education. The European Commission for Awarding the Language Label of Labels to the CMC_E Project as one of the five Best Practices in Europe from 2002 to 2012 (Limassol Cyprus, 2012). Miguel Angel Martinez Martinez (Vice President of European Parliament until 2014) for the pleasant words of encouragement he gave us when receiving the Award. Jean Jimenez (Università della Calabria), for sharing project work experiences and for ‘being together’ when the European Commis- sioner (until 2014), Androulla Vassiliou gave us the Award. The AICLU (Associazione Italiana dei Centri Linguistici Univer- sitari) Executive Board and Members for trusting me in my capacity, as President, to encourage people to promote their ideas among the com- munity of language scholars and beyond. 10 Acknowledgements Friends and professionals in other University Language Centres who, by sharing their interesting...

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