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Open Training Platform to become a hub for Cyber Network for Learning Languages

23-04-2009 (Beijing)
Open Training Platform to become a hub for Cyber Network for Learning Languages
A group of experts invited by UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission met last month in Beijing to discuss the feasibility of establishing a Cyber Network for Learning Languages (CNLL).
The CNLL is a proposal introduced by China to UNESCO’s Executive Board in its 180th session in September-October 2008 aiming at advancing the learning of all languages by establishing an online platform or a “network of networks” under the auspices of UNESCO. It also aims at giving wider and more affordable access to language learning resources worldwide.

The experts concluded that the existing Language section of UNESCO Open Training Platform (OTP) can be expanded to become a hub of resources on language learning, with a particular emphasis on the resources on endangered and minority languages. Five options for the expansion of the OTP, ranging from the least resourced to the fully resourced ones, were proposed. The feasibility study exploring those five options and making a recommendation on the most cost effective solution will be presented to the Executive Board in October 2009.

The promotion of languages and multilingualism lie at the very core of UNESCO’s mission and objectives. In this context, the learning of languages is a crucial dimension, for which facilitating the development of open learning resources is an important avenue.

The Final Report of the Beijing meeting is available in PDF format below.
Open Training Platform to become a hub for Cyber Network for Learning Languages Poster of the Expert Meeting

Related themes/countries

      · China
      · ICT in Education
      · Multilingualism in Cyberspace
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