NPLD-Coppieters Campus 2021

Immersion Education: Exploring What Works in Linguistically Diverse Contexts Across Europe

Events / Wed 24 Nov 2021 08:15

The third edition of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)-Coppieters Campus was held in Palma de Mallorca on 24 November and focused on immersion education, exploring what works in linguistically diverse contexts across Europe.

The Campus attracted representatives of Constitutional, Regional or Small-State’s languages having responsibility in language policy planning. Representatives of other entities, such as associations, universities or research centres, working in the area of minority languages, whether it be for the promotion of the latter, the normalisation of their use, research, evaluation or other initiatives on this topic, were also invited to discuss and showcase the specific actions undertaken to activate the social use of those languages. The campus served as a space for meeting, communication, collaboration and exchange of ideas between researchers working in linguistic policy, language planning and evaluation.


24 November 2021

8:15 - 8:45
8:45 - 9:15
Opening words
  • Jaume Carot, Rector of the University of the Balearic Islands
  • Inaki Irazabalbeitia, Bureau Member of the Coppieters Foundation
  • Augustina Vilaret, Chair of the NPLD
  • Miquel Company, Regional-Minister for European Funds, University & Culture of the Government of the Balearic Islands
9:15 - 10:00
Keynote speech - Comparing the aims and outcomes of European minority language education
  • Durk Gorter, Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country
10:00 - 10:45
International debates on the language immersion system
  • Agustina Vilaret, Government of the Balearic Islands & NPLD Chair
  • Miren Dobaran, Government of the Basque Country
  • Vicent Climent, Government of Catalonia
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break
11:15 - 11:45
Panel I - 50 years of bilingual teaching in France: educational achievement and institutional uncertainty
  • Fulup Jakez, Director of the Public Office of the Breton Language
11:45 - 12:15
Panel II - Integrating migrants through language immersion models

11:45 – 12:00 – The case of Catalonia

  • Clara Prades, Government of Catalonia

12:00 – 12:15 – The case of Finland

  • Christina Gestrin, Secretary-General at the Swedish Assembly of Finland
12:15 - 12:30
Presentation of the video "Immersion Education
  • Estibaliz Alkorta, Director of the Promotion of Euskera for the Government of the Basque Country
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:45
Panel III - Other language education models: empirical results

13:30 – 13:45 – Late immersion in Wales

  • Dafydd Trystan, Registrar and Senior Academic Manager at Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

13:45 – 14:00 – Slovenian language education in Italy

  • Maja Mezgec, Slovenski Raziskovalni Inštitut

14:00 – 14:15 – Ireland and the Gaeltach

  • Sean Ó Coinn, Chief Executive of Foras Na Gaeilge

14:15 – 14:30 – Education and languages in Galicia

  • Valentín García, Secretary-General of Language Policy at the Government of Galicia

14:30 – 14:45 – The Valencian case

  • Marc Jiménez, Subdirector General of Education and Vocational Training at the Government of Valencia
14:45 - 15:00
Coffee break
15:00 - 15:45
Open discussion - Languages in the education system. Future directions and perspectives
  • Kristina Cunningham, Senior Expert in education policy at the European Commission
  • Jarmo Lainio, Vice President of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
  • Johan Häggman, Policy Advisor at the Federal Union of European Nationalities
  • William Cisilino, Vice Chair of NPLD
  • Inaki Irazabalbeitia, Member of the Bureau of the Coppieters Foundation (Moderator)
15:45 - 16:00
Closing words
  • Inaki Irazabalbeitia, Member of the Bureau of the Coppieters Foundation
  • Augustina Vilaret, Chair of the NPLD


When: 24 November 2021
Where: Auditorium ParcBit, Centre Empresarial, Palma de Mallorca

Interpretation services to/from Catalan, French, Spanish and English.

Participation upon invitation only.


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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the event nor the opinions of the speakers.

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