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Expert meeting in Beijing to discuss Cyber Network for Learning Languages

19-03-2009 (Paris)
Expert meeting in Beijing to discuss Cyber Network for Learning Languages
UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO are organizing an expert meeting in Beijing, from 26 to 27 March 2009, in order to study the feasibility of establishing a Cyber Network for Learning Languages.
The Cyber Network for Learning Languages is a proposal introduced by China to UNESCO’s Executive Board in September 2008, aiming at harnessing the power of information and communication technology to advance the learning of languages and establishing an online-based network for learning languages. It also has for objective to give wider and more affordable access to language learning resources worldwide.

The meeting will gather around 20 experts from all regions of the world working in the field of computer assisted language learning, including educators and teachers, computer and information technology specialists, as well as managers of existing online platforms for language learning.

The promotion of languages and multilingualism lie at the very core of UNESCO’s mission and objectives. Languages are the vehicle for communication, for understanding between cultures and for dialogue among civilizations. In this context, the learning of languages is a crucial dimension, for which facilitating the development of open learning resources and open source tools for e-learning of languages is an important avenue.
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