The FIPLV Nordic-Baltic region (NBR) Conference 2016 “The Language Teacher and the Teaching (are) at a crossroads”

01-02-2017 at 8:21 AM

NBR 2016 conference, hosted by The Estonian Association of Foreign Language Teachers, took place in Tallinn from 9 June until 11 June. The conference brought together 130 foreign language teachers from 20 countries: Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Estonia, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Turkey.

The conference aimed at providing a platform for the discussion of the changing roles of the teacher, dissemination of good practices of teaching in the 21st century with a special focus on research insights, innovative ideas and hands-on-activities. There were 4 plenary speeches presented by Terry Lamb, Mart Laanpere, Martin Ehala, Franz Mittendorfer), 31 presentations and 8 poster presentations, participants could attend 7 workshops. There were 2 presenters from Lithuania: LKPA president Roma Kriauciuniene moderated the workshop and gave her presentation “Teaching New Generation Students: Teachers’ Viewpoint”. Honorary president Egle Sleinotiene presented her poster ,,Multilingualism in Lithuania: Myths, Reality and Trends”.

An informative and extensive cultural programme included two tours of Toompea Castle and the Riigikogu building; a walking tour in Old Tallinn, early music concert at Kadriorg Palace on June 9; a guided tour of mysterious Bastion Tunnels and beer tasting tour on June 11.

The FIPLV Nordic Baltic Region Meeting

NBR meeting was organized during the conference. President Sigurborg Jónsdóttir welcomed everyone and thanked colleagues from Iceland, Finland and Lithuania for coming to Tallinn. She thanked Ene Peterson, Chair of The Estonian Association of Foreign Language Teachers, for organisation of the conference and the meeting. NBR developments since the previous meeting were discussed. The participants positively evaluated NBR Facebook, Newsletters, national conferences in the Nordic and Baltic countries, representation of NBR and participation in the FIPLV World Congress of Modern Languages “Collaborating Accross Languages and Borders“, March 26-28 in Niagara Falls, Canada. It was mentioned that NBR members participated in the LACS Workshop in Graz, which brought together a number of representatives of FIPLV members from Europe and which stimulated interest in membership among others. A Directory of Languages Organisations was produced: