Kristina is currently the senior policy officer in charge of Multilingualism in the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in Brussels. Before this she worked as a translator for the European Commission and as a sales and marketing manager in the private sector, including eight years in Germany. She holds a Masters degree in business administration and modern languages from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Certificate of Political Studies from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, France.
Kristina's current work is focusing on the implementation of the EU objective for the development of language competences in Europe, as agreed by the Heads of State and Government in 2002: that every EU citizen should have the opportunity to learn at least two foreign languages in compulsory education, starting "from a very early age". In recent years, this objective has been open to interpretation in recognition of the fact that many young children have a different mother tongue than the main language of instruction. As a consequence, she has been closely involved in the development of strategies for making multicultural and multilingual classrooms more efficient and socially more inclusive. New actions are also envisaged to support teachers in their constantly evolving roles. Multilingualism is supported through EU funding programmes, enabling young people to study and work abroad, but also co-financing innovative projects and good practices aimed at promoting language skills.
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Fred Genesee is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at McGill University, Montreal. He has conducted extensive research on alternative forms of bilingual/ immersion education for language minority and language majority students. His current research interests include language acquisition in pre-school bilingual children, internationally-adopted children, second language reading acquisition, and the language and academic development of at-risk students in bilingual programs. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, professional books and magazines and is the author of more than 12 books on bilingualism. He is the recipient of the Canadian Psychology Association Gold Medal Award, Paul Pimsler Award for Research in Foreign Language Education, Canadian Psychological Associate Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community or Public Service, California Association for Bilingual Education Award for Promoting Bilingualism and the le prix Adrien-Pinard.
Xavier Gisbert da Cruz has a degree in French Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid and during his career he has been a French teacher, Counselor of Education at the Spanish Embassy in London, Director of the Regional Center for Innovation and Training “Las Acacias”, Director General for Quality Improvement of Teaching at the Department of Education of Madrid Regional Government, Director General of Evaluation and Territorial Cooperation at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, and Counselor of Education at the Spanish Embassy in Washington. He has been responsible for the implementation of the Bilingual Program in Primary and Secondary Education in the Region of Madrid, as well as for the language assistants’program and the specific in-training courses for teachers working in bilingual schools. He is the author of several publications and has given many lectures and taken part in numerous conferences. Email: email@example.com
Péter Medgyes, CBE, is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy at EötvösLoránd University Budapest. During his care er he was a schoolteacher, teacher trainer, vice rector, deputy state secretary and ambassador of Hungary. He was a plenary speaker in 45 countries and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Non-Native Teacher (Macmillan, 1994, winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Book Competition), The Language Teacher (Corvina, 1997), Laughing Matters (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Golden Age: Twenty Years of Foreign Language Education in Hungary (National Textbook Publishing Company, 2011) and Reflections on Language Education (2015, Eötvös Publishing House). His main professional interests lie in language policy and teacher education, with a special emphasis on nonnative English speaking teachers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.