EDUKWEST Live Multilingualism in Europe

EDUKWEST Live: Multilingualism in Europe

I am happy to announce that we will be hosting our second event of the year in London. It will be a half-day event starting in the afternoon on September 17th.

We’re excited to have Macmillan Digital Education as co-organiser of the event by our side, once again. Therefore, we decided the Macmillan London campus in Kings Cross would be the appropriate location for the event.

This event is free to attend for ticket holders which wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our event partners busuu and Speexx, and our special thanks goes to them.

Together with our speakers and panelists we will be looking at the vast topic of “Multilingualism in Europe”, and include different perspectives to give our audience a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities in different European markets including the UK, the German-speaking and Scandinavian countries.

Below you find our programme for the event separated into three stages from pre-coverage, over the day of the event, to the whitepaper which will conclude the topic.


As we cannot possibly touch upon every aspect of this large topic during the event itself, we chose to help our audience, and everybody interested in the topic of language learning in Europe, prepare themselves for the the event through our pre-coverage in this specially designed channel on EDUKWEST.

Our pre-coverage is a series of articles, OP-EDs and interviews from and with people involved with the topic over the next four weeks, starting today with an OP-ED about language assessment co-authored by Voxy’s Paul Gollash and Katharine Nielson.

Day of the Event

Throughout the event we will be following different tracks including EU policy around “Mother Tongue +2” and how language learning is central to the EU’s language policy.

We will be hearing about the impact of multilingualism on employability, how it creates cultural awareness and how this has direct implications for the workplace.

These days everybody is talking about big data, and we want to explore the role data and analytics play in corporate and in-company language training.

When it comes to language learning motivation is a vital factor. We will be exploring what motivates learners to start learning a second, third, or even more languages, what keeps them motivated throughout that process, and how technology can assist them reaching their goals.

We will also not omit the discussion about the challenges language learning online is faced with when it comes to data protection and security, and what the differences in different European countries regarding the importance of data protection are.


The discussions and findings of the event as well as the challenges that hinder the implementation of multilingualism in some European countries will be processed and published in a whitepaper following the event itself.

The final programme of the event as well as the full list of speakers will be announced within the next week.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you all on September 17th in London.

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at