James Caan on University, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship

A very inspiring interview with James Caan, serial entrepreneur,  founder and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw and …. my mentor !

Is the university the only option? 

In this interview, James Caan points out the need for our  economy to have a  “blend mixture of talents“. His recent experience shows that a balance of degrees and non-degrees is important.He also encourages the importance for young adults to “explore all the avenues“.  In  our fast changing world, jobs of tomorrow are still unknown today and we definitely need to shift our perspective and allow lifelong learning, non-formal and informal learning, bu also its recognition and validation,  take  full place.

Take a look at this document “New age jobs- the career path for gen x and gen z”




Siri: un partenaire pour l’apprentissage des langues?

Cela fait quelques années que les tablettes, portables et smartphones font partie intégrante de mes cours de langue. Que ce soit pour prendre des notes , faire des recherches, vérifier un point de grammaire, une orthographe,  réaliser des activités en ligne ou faire le compte rendu de l’actualité, mes étudiants connectés  prennent activement part au déroulement du cours.

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Ken Robinson: one of the most inspiring TED talk on education

“Is the whole purpose of public education throughout the world to produce university professors?”


Do schools kill creativity? Ken Robinson shares with us his sharp views  on the educational system. I never get tired of this TED video. It is  a good wake-up call when you watch it for the first time.   What is your favorite part of his talk?

How to learn vocabulary? Ask the experts !

Mn_48How do you learn vocabulary? what are the best methods to develop and expend your range of vocabulary?

Learning vocabulary can be an issue for language learners, especially when you are not living in the country and have limited contacts with the language.

Smartlanguagelearner.com  explores this question by giving the word to 38 language specialists – whether polyglots, language specialists, language business owners or founders. What better way to get advice than by asking experts themselves?

These experts accepted to share their vision and advice on how to learn vocabulary. You may find interesting approaches and new ways in learning vocabulary through this broad spectrum of  testimonies. You may also have your own method that is working well  for you.

So, if you had to recommend one method, which one would it be?

38 language-learning experts reveal their favorite  method for learning vocabulary

Speaking at IQ-Kongress 2014 Come to stay – on the future of integration in Germany


I am very excited to announce that I am going to speak  at the IQ-Kongress 2014, on February 5th,  in Berlin. This major event will be  opened by the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ms. Andrea Nahles.

This congress will focus on what contributions the labour market integration of  migrants can make to empowering a skilled workforce for the future of Germany´s economy and society.

Invited  by the ECML to spread the word  about the Council of Europe’s institution and the 2012-21015 programme, I will  have the honour to (re)present the LINCQ (Languages in Corporate Quality) project in a joint workshop along with my  colleagues Matilde Grünhage -Monetti and Florence Mourlhon-Dallies representing the  ECML project Language for Work.

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Le plurilinguisme dans les entreprises



A signaler: la parution du numéro 3 de la revue Repères – DoRiF  Projets de recherche sur le multi/plurilinguisme et alentours…  coordonné par Enrica Galazzi et dans lequel vous trouverez l’article que j’ai co-écrit avec Enrica Piccardo  (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto):

Le plurilinguisme dans les entreprises: un atout caché. Le projet LINCQ du Centre européen pour les langues vivantes

Appel à candidatures pour l‘atelier „Les langues dans la qualité des entreprises“ (LINCQ) du CELV


Le Centre européen pour les langues vivantes (CELV) recherche des experts d’Andorre, de Bulgarie, du Danemark, d’Estonie, d’Allemagne, d’Islande, du Liechtenstein, du Luxembourg, de la Serbie, de la Suède et de „l’ex-République yougoslave de Macedoine“ qui souhaiteraient participer à l’atelier LINCQ qui se tiendra les 21 et 22 novembre 2013 à Graz, en Autriche. Continue reading