Welcome to the international conference on Who needs languages? Micro and macro perspectives into language education policies in Jyväskylä, Finland, June 7-10, 2010. The conference is hosted by the Centre for Applied Language Studies, Department of Languages and the Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä, and it is simultaneously the 28th Summer School of Applied Language Studies.
The conference offers fresh outlooks on language education policy, acknowledging its multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature, and its social, cultural and economic dimensions. Where and by whom are language education policy decisions made, explicitly and/or implicitly? How do educational systems respond to challenges of multilingual societies? Critical views will be presented in order to understand the current developments and challenges of language education from both micro and macro perspectives.