Photographer: Mark Bollhorst, © ICWE GmbH
Expolingua, Berlin, Germany
Language-learning is more than just vocab drills
Berlin. The resoundingly successful international fair for languages and cultures, Expolingua Berlin, ended on Sunday 17th November. Over three days, 12,375 visitors to the Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur immersed themselves in foreign languages and cultures at the exhibition. 147 exhibitors from 24 countries were on hand to inform this giant audience about what they had to offer in the world of language-learning and –teaching.
“For over 25 years, Expolingua has offered its visitors – from pre-school children through students right up to senior citizens – an overview of interesting opportunities within the most diverse language-learning methods. Diversity and innovation are its focal point. Whether it’s video learning, literature and language magazines or language study travel and –courses – the multitude of different things on offer is still what makes Expolingua stand out – even after 26 years,” says Silke Lieber, project manager for Expolingua Berlin. “The huge amount of interest shows us that we should continue to adhere to this diversity in the future.”
Side-by-side with the big world languages such as English, Spanish, French and Chinese, Expolingua also offers a platform for less well-known, smaller or endangered language-groups. Of great interest once again were the mini language courses in the parallel sessions. Visitors were able to try out languages like Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Polish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Thai, Ukrainian and others. Particularly popular were the lectures on the subject of foreign travel after school, digital language-learning, learning and memory techniques and language careers such as translating and interpreting. Especially in demand again this year was the series of lectures on the threats to linguistic diversity, the language families of the world and the concurrent special exhibition. The cultural programme this year included a Capoeira workshop, a calligraphy course and international short films. In the much-visited language test zone visitors could measure their language competencies against European norms and get an objective evaluation of their level.
Expolingua next takes place from 21st – 23rd November 2014, once again in the Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, in Berlin.