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Message from the steering committee

The Association of Swiss Language Centres in Higher Education (Fremdsprachenunterricht an Hochschulen in der Schweiz, IG-FHS / Enseignement des langues dans les Hautes Ecoles en Suisse, GI-ELHE), and the Language Centre of the University of Fribourg are honoured to host the 13th CercleS International Conference in Fribourg, Switzerland, on 4 - 6 September 2014.

The European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS) has been promoting interaction and cooperation between institutions involved in language teaching in Europe since 1991, with the aim of bringing together higher education language centres, departments, institutes, faculties and schools whose main responsibility is the teaching of languages.

The conference theme Language Centres in Higher Education: Exploring and Shaping Plurilingual Profiles and Practices reflects the important role of language centres in higher education through six sections: 

  • Teaching methodologies, learning and media
  • Plurilingualism for academic and professional purposes
  • Assessment and alternative forms of assessment
  • Staff and quality development
  • Policy and policy implementation
  • MAGICC:  Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Competence

On this website, you will find all the necessary information on the conference programme, venue, accommodation, registration and deadlines for submission of papers. For further enquiries, please check under "Contact".

Steering committee

Sabina Schaffner, Language Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich (President)
Stefanie Neuner-Anfindsen, Language Centre of the University of Fribourg (Member, Host)
Petra Gekeler, Language Centre of the University of Basel (Member)
Elisabeth Paliot, Language Centre EPF Lausanne (UNIL) (Member)
Walter Seiler, Language Competence Centre, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Member)

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