The CNLL is a proposal introduced by China to UNESCO’s Executive Board in its 180th session in September-October 2008 aiming at advancing the learning of all languages by establishing an online platform or a “network of networks” under the auspices of UNESCO. It also aims at giving wider and more affordable access to language learning resources worldwide.
The experts concluded that the existing Language section of UNESCO Open Training Platform (OTP) can be expanded to become a hub of resources on language learning, with a particular emphasis on the resources on endangered and minority languages. Five options for the expansion of the OTP, ranging from the least resourced to the fully resourced ones, were proposed. The feasibility study exploring those five options and making a recommendation on the most cost effective solution will be presented to the Executive Board in October 2009.
The promotion of languages and multilingualism lie at the very core of UNESCO’s mission and objectives. In this context, the learning of languages is a crucial dimension, for which facilitating the development of open learning resources is an important avenue.
The Final Report of the Beijing meeting is available in PDF format below.
File: Final Report.pdf
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* UNESCO Open Training Platform
* Decisions adopted by UNESCO’s Executive Board at its 180th session, September-October 2008
* Proposal for the establishment of a cyber network for learning languages, made by China
Expert meeting in Beijing to discuss Cyber Network for Learning Languages
Contact : Misako Ito, UNESCO, Information Society Division