Successful language assertiveness training held in Fryslân for the Listen Project.
Questions raised included: why do minoritised language speakers switch from their language (in this case Frisian or Bildts) to the dominant language (in this case Dutch), and in which situations? What kind of assumptions play a role in this? Why is it hard sometimes to maintain a bilingual conversation?
By thinking about and discussing their own language attitudes and behaviours the participants gained more insight into their own behaviour. They were then provided with various methods that can be used in order to change their language behaviour in normal, everyday situations.
In September the second part of the training will take place, including an online lecture by ELEN President Ferran Suay (University of Valencia) who is leading the project.
The training forms part of the ground-breaking LISTEN project, an EU Erasmus Plus funded project created by a consortium comprising the European Language Equality Network (ELEN), University of València, Sapientia University (Kolozsvár), ILS at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Pisa), language-planning specialists’ Iaith (Cymru), the Frisian NGO Afûk, and the Irish NGO Conradh na Gaeilge.