Recommendations on European level

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  • Strengthen a coherent vertical policy collaboration in cultural and linguistic matters between the players on the supranational, national and regional levels.
  • Encourage the recognition and promotion of the authenticity of non-native speaker English (English as Lingua Franca), including situations where English is taught as a foreign language.
  • Promote multilingualism by creating more opportunities to use foreign languages and minimizing economic protectionism.

Recommendations on national level

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  • Linguistic policy of member states concerning migrants:
    Develop more efficient motivations to acquire the national language(s) of the state.
  • From Monolingual Purism to Functional Multilingualism:
    National states tend to promote a normative view of their official language(s), founding their educational system on linguistic purism. What is needed however is functional multilingualism.
  • Whilst providing opportunities for all students to develop English as a lingua franca (ELF) proficiency in school, national language policies should in addition actively promote the learning of a second or foreign language and foreground its distinctive necessity and role in relation to intercultural understanding and European citizenship.

Recommendations on regional level

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  • For all European countries: sign and ratify both the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
  • Develop local best practices in minority education. The system of minority education has to be organized targeting the needs of minority populations on the local level, since the different local proportions and constellations of majority vs. minority populations often call for different practical solutions regarding issues of basic curriculum design and implementation.
  • Promote intercultural knowledge and mutual understanding both between different minority groups and between minorities and the majority population in minority and majority educational curricula. Language learning must be complemented by intercultural communication competence in order to avoid intercultural misunderstanding and conflict.

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