Cenka Ivanova (Professor of Slavonic languages) teaches comparative Slavonic linguistics, linguistic and intercultural communication, and South Slavonic languages at the University of Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria). She is Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Veliko Turnovo. Prof. Ivanova graduated in Slavonic Studies from the University of Sofia, where she obtained her PhD. Research interests: theory and history of the South Slavonic languages, Slavonic language contacts, sociolinguistics, language and culture studies, Bulgarian Studies (Bulgarian as a FL). She has published books, coursebooks, bilingual dictionaries (as a co-author), and numerous articles in Bulgaria and internationally. Prof. Ivanova is a member of editorial boards at the University of Veliko Turnovo and abroad. She was a lecturer in Bulgarian studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš, Serbia (2001-2005) and at Belgrade University (2012-2014). E-mail:


Графичните системи или азбуките между цивилизационното наследство и политиката (социолингвистичен поглед)

В изложението се разглеждат следните въпроси: 1) Езиковото разнообразие по света:  статистически и социолингвистични показатели в исторически и в съвременен план; 2) Феноменът писменост във философски и в цивилизационен контекст: писмеността като регистратор на човешка реч, религиите и писмените езици, културната памет на човечеството и писменостите; 3) Езикови общества и политика: политически и религиозни доктрини, „колониални“ езици и графични системи, „стари“ и „млади“ книжовни езици, традиционни и нови графични системи; 4) Динамиката в отношението езици – графични системи в нашето съвремие:  глобализацията на комуникациите и особеностите на устната и писмената реч, предизвикателствата към образователните системи, езиковата глобализация, големи и малки езици; 5) Конкуренцията на азбуките: политически и социолингвистични аспекти на конкуренцията между латиница и кирилица, латиница и арабска азбука, латиница и традиционни графични системи на източни езици; комуникациите в интернет пространството и в социалните мрежи; опити за прогностика.


Writing systems or alphabets: between the legacy of culture and politics (a sociolinguistic perspective)

This talk examines the following issues: 1) world linguistic diversity: statistical and sociolinguistic indicators from a historical and contemporary perspective; 2) the issue of writing in a philosophical and cultural context: writing as a means of representing human speech, religions and written languages, cultural memory and writing; 3) language societies and politics: political and religious doctrines, “colonial” languages and writing systems, “old” and “young” official languages, traditional and new writing systems; 4) dynamic relations between spoken languages and systems of writing in modern times: globalisation of communication and the characteristics of speech and writing, challenges faced by the education systems, language globalisation, big and small languages; 5) Alphabet “conflicts”: political and sociolinguistic aspects of the “conflicts” between the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, the Latin and Arabic scripts, the Latin alphabet and the traditional writing systems of the Eastern languages, internet communication and social networks; reflections on future developments.

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Denis Cunningham has been involved in (languages) education in a wide variety of contexts over the last forty years. This has included teaching in Victoria and France, consultancy, and management within the Victorian School of Languages, where he was the Assistant Principal until 2006. He has published 300 and presented 200 papers in thirty countries, collaborated with UNESCO and Linguapaxon projects and policies, was President and Secretary General of the world federation of language teachers, FIPLV. He is currently an FIPLV Honorary Counsellor.


Effecting Change in the Classroom…

After a brief historical overview, a consideration of some theories precedes a study of current thinking in and outside Australia. This includes the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) and the PEEL (Project for Enhancing Effective Learning) principles for teaching and quality learning, good learning behaviours and the role of ICT (Information Communication Technologies). Current research is used as a premise upon which to reflect on personal classroom practices, which appear to work.


Dr Christine O’Leary est professeur de français àl’université Hallam de Sheffield et chef du Département de Langues et Cultures.  Durant une longue carrière dans l’enseignement, débutée dans le secondaire, Christine O’Leary a enseigné le français aux niveaux A1 à C2 du CECR. Elle a développé de nombreux cursus de langues tout en se spécialisantdans la didactiqueet la formation de professeur. Elle est l’auteur de nombreuses publications sur le développement de l’apprenant autonome, l’évaluation formative et la didactique des langues et autres disciplines, particulièremet dans le cadre d’une pédagogie pour l’autonomie.


Geraldo de Carvalho
Doktor im Bereich Übersetzungswissenschaft
Leiter der Spracharbeit, Deutschlehrer und Prüfungsbeauftragter am Werther Institut in Juiz de Fora/Brasilien
Vereidigter Übersetzer für Deutsch/Portugiesisch
Schriftleiter des Internationalen Deutschlehrerinnen- und Deutschlehrerverbands (IDV)

Strategien der Verbandsarbeit zur Förderung des Deutschen als „weiterer“ Fremdsprache neben Englisch

Die Nachfrage nach Deutsch als Fremdsprache verzeichnet weltweit einen Aufwärtstrend. Doch in nicht wenigen Regionen steht Deutsch institutionell als zweite Fremdsprache in Gefahr der Abschaffung oder einer sich als ungünstig auswirkenden Konkurrenzsituation zu anderen vermittelten Sprachen. Der Erhalt der Zweit- oder idealerweise auch Drittsprachen an den Schulen und eine angemessene Stellung des Deutschen bildet daher eine Priorität der Bemühungen der Deutschlehrerverbände, die durch politische Überzeugungsarbeit viel dazu beitragen können. Ziel dieses Impulsvortrags ist es, Möglichkeiten zu eruieren, über die Deutschlehrerverbände verfügen, sich bei wichtigen politischen Entscheidungen wirkungsvoll einzubringen. Zudem soll die Rolle der Vernetzung mit anderen Verbänden und des IDV qua Dachverband zur Sprache gebracht werden.

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