Ljubljana, 27 November 2008 Press release

"Learning languages early – the path to multilingualism"

Conference of EUNIC Slovenia from 28 to 29 November 2008 in Ljubljana

Ljubljana, 27 November 2008 – The European EUNIC (European National Institutes for Culture) network was founded with the aim of improving transnational cooperation in cultural projects.An important objective of EUNIC Slovenia (founded in 2007, members:Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institute, British Council, Institut Français Charles Nodier, Instituto Italiano di Cultura) consists in the promotion of linguistic and cultural diversity as well as of the understanding among European societies.

Therefore, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Ljubljana, together with its EUNIC partners, the Pedagogic Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, and the Ministry for Education and Sports is organizing a conference on the topic of "early learning of foreign languages and multilingualism" with a prominent list of participants on 28 and 29 November 2008.

Renowned speakers from all over Europe, including Great Britain, France, Italy, and Slovenia are expected to attend.An exciting contribution to the publication being prepared on the basis of the conference will come from Annemarie Peltzer-Karpf, a professor from Graz who recently published a study on language acquisition by Turkish, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serb children of migrants.

The target group of the conference are experts from the field of early language acquisition, language teachers in nursery or primary schools, political decision-makers, and members of expert committees on multilingualism.

The conference is a proof of the successful cooperation both within EUNIC Slovenia and with the Slovenian partners.

Austrian Culture Forum Ljubljana
Mag. Natascha Grilj
Tel.: ++386-1-479 07 40
Fax: ++386-1-252 17 17