Between Babel and Anglo-Saxon Imperialism?
English-Taught Programmes and Language Policy in European Higher Education

Brussels, 30 September 2005

Programme

Thursday 29 September 2005

Welcome dinner

Friday 30 September 2005

9.00

Registration and coffee

9.30

Welcome
English in European higher education: setting the scene
Bernd Wächter, ACA 

10.00

Plenary session:
Yesterday’s news? The language issue in higher education throughout history
Hilde Symoens, University of Ghent 

10.30

Coffee break 

11.00

Plenary session
Babel: a curse or a gift? Two positions on language policy in higher education

The triumph of English: a case of linguistic neo-colonisation?
Claus Gnutzmann, Technische Universität Braunschweig

English in European higher education: attractor, loudspeaker, threat
Philippe van Parijs, University of Louvain la Neuve

13.00

Lunch 

14.00

Plenary Session
Diversity above all? The repercussions of EU language policies on higher education
Luca Tomasi, European Commission, Brussels 

14.45

Plenary Session
Taming the beast: institutional strategies for the implementation of English-language-taught programmes
Robert Wilkinson, University of Maastricht

15.30

Coffee break

16.00

Round table discussion
Are we missing the boat? The role of English in higher education 50 years from now 

17.00

End of the seminar