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Neighbouring language teaching in border regions
Ruud Halink

Languages
English

Published
2000

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Different practices in border regions?
The project has enabled the identification of approaches, which fully benefit from the geographical proximity of the other language. One example is the method of tandem learning, where pairs of pupils on either side of the border can help each one to learn the other’s language. In other areas lessons bring together pupils from both sides of the border and offer a form of bilingual and bilateral teaching. Yet there are many border regions still inexperienced in this subject area.

How can good practice be disseminated?
Through this project, CICERO, a coordinating body has been set up to disseminate good practice in this area. An online database, also established within the framework of the project, contains project descriptions, practical advice, names of experts and latest news which can help to improve knowledge and know-how. Various publications with the same aims have also been printed. Seminars held in a number of border regions have proved even more effective, enabling activities to take place in regions in diverse contexts such as the Basque country where French and Spanish rub shoulders and Basque is the common language, and in a region between Estonia and Russia where the language border has yet to be drawn.


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