Foreign Language Education and Language Centre Management (14.06.2018, Berlin)

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, HWR Berlin) is pleased to host a seminar on Foreign Language Education and Language Centre Management under the auspices of the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN).

Focus on language centres

Given the internationalization in higher education and the globalization of professional life, foreign language proficiency is increasingly important. Universities define new goals for language education, they explore innovative learning and teaching methods and refine their course programmes. In connection with their internationalization strategy, universities aspire to provide new quality assurance mechanisms for language teaching or to establish a university-wide language policy.


In this light, university language centres face many new challenges and opportunities. Similarly, universities which previously organized their foreign language education decentrally, such as HWR Berlin, may strive for centralization in order to implement university-wide quality standards and to organize language teaching more efficiently. Typical challenges for both emerging and existing language centres include: Which languages should be taught in order to enhance students’ employability? Which services should language centres provide and which ones exceed their capacity? How can they best be embedded within the university and how should they be run?

Seminar topic

HWR Berlin is pleased to host a seminar on Foreign Language Education and Language Centre Management in order to exchange experiences and expertise within the BSRUN. We particularly invite university language centre directors, academic staff members with experience in language centre management and specialists in foreign language education in a university context to submit contributions on one of the following topics:

- Foreign language education in a decentralized university structure

- Language centres as businesses: best practices in financial and personnel management

- Current trends in university language centres: which languages, which services?

Each participant’s presentation during the seminar should not exceed 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes discussion). 



The seminar will take place on June 14th 2018 at HWR Berlin, Campus Schöneberg, Badensche Straße 52, 10825 Berlin. The preliminary timetable is as follows:

11:00               Reception Desk / Coffee & Snack

12:00               *Keynote & Seminar/Workshops (breaks included)

17:30               Summary

19:00               Conference Dinner


Participation for BSRUN members is free of charge. However, as there is a limited number of participants, we would like to ask for registration until April 15th 2018  to the organizing committee at the following email addresses: Please complete the registration form and include an abstract of your presentation (half of a page). We will inform you about the final program in May 2018. 


More information is here: Call for papers.