Past Events

Events of interest to HLSE community

from 2019-2020 school year

September 14, 2019
Reigerlaan Basisschool

The Korean School Eindhoven will celebrate its opening with a ceremony, with visitors from the Korean embassy. After the ceremony, a "Lekker Korea" charity event will follow where attendees will have a chance to taste some Korean food. All proceeds will go to the Korean school.

Raising Multilingual Children

September 15, 2019
Eindhoven Library

Eindhoven is becoming increasingly international, and both children and schools go through a process of adjusting to this intercultural and multilingual environment. One of the first and most important tasks of expat children is to master the Dutch language. Many of these children are already born into multilingual families, exposed to at least two languages from their parents.

This talk by Elif Durgel will help parents become informed about the benefits of multilingual development and importance of mastering the local language for their children. Parents will leave this session with a clear understanding of which strategies they can to use to ensure  happy and healthy language development of their multilingual children.

HLSE Meetup: European Day of Languages

September 26, 2019
Stadsbrouwerij, Eindhoven

What better way to celebrate the European Day of Languages than for the members of the HLSE community to meet up for a borrel? From 19:30 - 22:30 on Thursday, September 26, you are welcome to drop by the Stadsbrouwerij for a drink and a chat. There is no agenda and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks. There will be some catching up between heritage language school heads -- and maybe even some brainstorming. Hope to see you there!

Inauguration of ICIN-Education

September 28, 2019
SALTO International School RISE

ICIN-Education will celebrate its opening with a ceremony at the SALTO International School RISE. On the agenda (starting at 11:00) is an opening, registration and Q&A, and a talk on Mahatma Gandhi and non-violence by Ms. Kanta Rani from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Embassy of India. Following this there will be a meet and greet with the language teachers as well as coffee and tea with snacks. View invitation.

October 3, 2019

This conference brings together professionals in the field of language development and education on current topics. In a diverse society like the Dutch you meet children daily who grow up multilingual. Children of migrants and refugees often speak a different language at home than at school. However, children are often assumed to have Dutch as their mother tongue.

How does the language development of multilingual children work? How do you arrive at an integral pedagogical-didactic approach within multicultural classes?

This congress is intended for higher professional education (HBO) and academically trained professionals who are (jointly) responsible for contributing to the language development of multilingual children and teenagers. Think of speech therapists, linguists, teachers, education advisers, remedial teachers, ambulatory counselors, VVE employees, behavioral experts, psychologists, and pediatricians.

Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

October 12, 2019
Washington, D.C.

The 6th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference will be held at American University in the United States. The conference will include informative sessions for school administrators, teachers, and researchers about developing and maintaining a strong community-based program. Their keynote speakers, Antonella Cortese and Trudi Aberdeen, with the International & Heritage Languages Association (IHLA) in Alberta, Canada, will describe their community-based schools initiatives and propose ways to collaborate.

Is this conference way too far away? You can still check out video from their 2018 conference here.

October 25 - 26, 2019

The theme of the 8th edition of the DRONGO language festival is "The impact of language." At the DRONGO language festival 2019 it is not only about what language is, but also about what language does. As a means for development and as a source of pleasure, as a cause of inequality and as a result of fantasy. View program for 2019, including talks about multilingualism and the heritage language, such as DE IMPACT VAN DE THUISTAAL OP MEERTALIGE KINDEREN and HOEVEEL TALEN SPREEK JIJ?

October 30, 2019

The event Thuis in Taal: De meerwaarde van meertaligheid in het onderwijs is organized in collaboration with Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and Stichting Platform Sociale Binding.  The event will take place from 20:00 - 21:30 at Spui 25 in Amsterdam. Registration is free, but cancellations must be reported.

Mother tongue lessons help children learn Dutch. Nevertheless, the government decided in 2004 to abolish this type of education. Instead, heritage language schools were established where children are taught in their own language. In the current situation, the migrant communities themselves have been made responsible for education in their own language, with certain inconveniences. During this program we reflect on the role and responsibility of national and local government when it comes to a vision of language skills in education and beyond.

November 11 - 15, 2019
Amsterdam (IAIE)

This conference focuses on sharing insights pertaining to the fields of Intercultural Education, Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education, Citizenship Education, and Education for Democracy and Global Education, when it comes to addressing present day diversity issues. The international conference will allow teachers, students and academics to share insights and experiences, and to be exposed to the state of the art research on issues relating to diversity and education. Participants will also be able to gain new knowledge and grow their skill set through training. 

In sum, this conference will focus the challenges and opportunities relating to teaching and learning in diverse environments in the 21st century. The first days of the conference will focus on practical workshops, while the second part of the conference will have more of an academic focus with scholars presenting their research.

December 5, 2019

After a year of testing and piloting, the Rutu Foundation is pleased to announce that the first two Language Friendly Schools are the St. Janschool and DENISE, both in They are now ready to expand their global network and they invite all those interested to join them for a special webinar to discuss: What is a Language Friendly School? How can my school join? What are the benefits of being part of this global network?

The event takes place at 15:00-15:45 Central European Time (Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin). Click here to access the webinar.

Raising Multilingual Children

December 11, 2019
De Hangar, Meerhoven

One of the most fundamental issues that expats moving abroad are faced with is bi/multilingualism with regard to themselves and to their children. Especially when it comes to raising bilingual or multilingual children, parents are often faced with many questions and dillemmas. As Meerhoven is more than abundant in multilingual children, Meerhoven Internationals Platform has invited Elif Durgel - a psychologist who specializes in parenting and child development in intercultural contexts, to talk about these challenges. Elif Durgel runs Roots and Wings Academy where she provides coaching and workshops for parents and gives internationalization trainings to schools.

The talk takes place from 19:00 to 21:00. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

January 22 - February 1, 2020
Eindhoven Library

As a celebration of the Nationale Voorleesdagen in the Netherlands, the Picture Book of the Year Grumpy Duck will be read aloud in 10 different languages at the Eindhoven Library. Check here regularly to see which languages will be read.

February 5, 2020

In the inaugural lecture of Dr. Joana Duarte, professor in Multilingualism and Literacy at the Academy for Primary Education, a plea will be made for both the teachers as researchers in their own practice and for a stronger connection between education, research and practice in the field of multilingual education. In addition, the newest material and the newest tools in this area will be presented for both primary and secondary education.

The program takes place between 14:30 and 17:30 in Leeuwarden and ends with a pleasant drink.

February 6, 2020

This event organized by Brainport Eindhoven takes place from 15:30 to 19:00 at the Jan van Brabant College in Helmond. The attendees will be teachers and middle management from Dutch primary and secondary schools. The description below is in Dutch. As a part of the program, Gisi Cannizzaro and Diana Angelova will present information in a talk about the HLSE initiative. See program and registration information.

Twee rondes, zes sprekers per ronde en alles binnen het thema ‘taal en culturele achtergrond’. Dat noemen we een miniconferentie: binnen twee en half uur heb je nieuwe contacten gelegd, ideeën opgedaan en problemen opgelost voor je school. Er komen per jaar drie miniconferenties met elk een eigen thema. 7 november trappen we af met de eerste miniconferentie ‘Look who’s talking’. Elke miniconferentie is snel, informatief, gezellig en to the point. Natuurlijk sluiten we af met een borrel.

HLSE Meetup: International Mother Language Day

February 20, 2020
Stadsbrouwerij, Eindhoven

What better way to celebrate the UNESCO Mother Language Day than for the members of the HLSE community to meet up for a borrel? From 19:30 - 22:30 on Thursday, February 20, you are welcome to drop by the Stadsbrouwerij for a drink and a chat. There is no agenda and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks. There will be some catching up between heritage language school heads -- and maybe even some brainstorming. Hope to see you there!

(Note that this event was moved from Friday, February 21, to Thursday, February 20, in relation to the Carnaval crowds expected on the Friday.)

February 29, 2020

Centrum Lokomotywa has organized an event to encourage the use of parental native languages and to discuss multilingual upbringing and education. The event is for: multilingual families, policy makers, professionals working in a multilingual environment, teachers with multilingual classes, teachers in language schools, and anybody facing the challenge of bringing up multilingual children. There will be four speakers and a panel discussion. For the program and registration, visit here.


February 29, 2020

At Kletskoppen Kindertaal Festival you can join in on loads of exciting activities: interactive demonstrations of scientific experiments, informative language games, surprising children’s lectures, crash courses in foreign languages, multilingual book readings, and much more!

The festival is organized by language researchers from the Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. They are all studying child language development from different perspectives: from babies to teens, from spoken language to sign language, from monolinguals to multilinguals. At the festival they will show what they do, why research is so important and how interesting language learning is! 

Language Friendly School Webinar by Rutu Foundation

May 7, 2020
Online event

The webinars are free and open to parents, teachers, school administrators, researchers, and anybody interested in making schools more inclusive. To be discussed: how teachers and parents can work together to achieve the best outcome for multilingual children. The special guest is Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold. To join, please register.