Eleven High Schools in the Midwest Participated in Euro Challenge 2014

Eleven high schools from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin participated in the 2014 Euro Challenge.

GlobalFest 2014

GlobalFest is an annual event that celebrates world languages and cultures, and encourages middle and high school students to make connections with the global society.

U-46 Teacher Travels the Globe to Enhance Her Lessons

Elgin Area School District teacher Chris LaRue spent two weeks in Turkey in 2013, a trip that was almost entirely funded by the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

EU Centers of Excellence Education Trip to Belgium

Read two teachers' experiences during the 2013 EU Centers of Excellence Education Trip to Belgium.

TED Helps European and American Educators Connect

The Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED), held from February through May, gives American and European educators an opportunity to meet virtually to discuss educational issues.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Young Translators of European Languages Unite: DGT Goes West

by Anna Holmén
Dr. Elizabeth Lowe, Director of the Center for Translation Studies, addresses high school students and teachers at the Illinois Translation Competition capstone program, held on the campus of the University of Illinois, November 4, 2011.
Sometimes when you open your mailbox in the morning you find something that really cheers you up. That definitely was the case for the Juvenes Translatores team when we got a letter of invitation from the University of Illinois. ‘Request for assistance,’ it said. ‘Speaker from the Directorate-General for Translation [DGT] for the "Illinois Translation Competition" awards luncheon’.
The Illinois High School Translation Competition, to give it its full name, turned out to be a school contest modelled on DGT's Juvenes Translatores translation competition for secondary schools. The University of Illinois has a European Union Center, established in 1998, as well as a Center for Translation Studies, which started up only three years ago. So when they heard of Juvenes Translatores, our American colleagues decided to pick up the ball and run with it.
They say that everything is bigger and better in America, but for this first round of Juvenes Translatores the US version covered only high schools in the State of Illinois, with a maximum entry of 25, and the rules were less strict than ours. The texts they used were the ones written by DGT colleagues for JT 2010 on Erasmus. The teachers were free to organise the test any time in August or September, and it was the teachers too who picked the winners.
Just as in the original EU version, the pupils were free to choose the source language from any of the official EU languages, but the target language was only English. The young winners who were invited to Urbana-Champaign, which is where the University of Illinois is situated, translated from Spanish, French, German, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Polish and Italian.
I was the lucky one to make the trip across the pond and into the prairies to attend the award ceremony on 4 November 2011. The University of Illinois were generous enough to pay for all my expenses, and what they asked in return was for me to hold a presentation and in general act like a genuine translator from the European Commission.
For the presentation I decided to give the teachers and high-school students some fairly basic facts about the EU and its language regime. I followed it up with a few words about the founding fathers and the Coal and Steel Community, then the first four languages, all the subsequent accessions, and of course Regulation No 1/58 and the daily work of DGT.
I also had some useful exchanges with the staff of the Center for Translation Studies, who are planning to visit DGT with their pupils in May. Dr. Elizabeth Lowe, the director of the Center, is interested in attending a future European Master’s in Translation conference. What is clear is that DGT, as the largest public translation organisation in the world, is seen as a centre of excellence for translation by our friends in the west, as well as in other parts of the world.

Anna Holmén is coordinator of the annual ”Juvenes Translatores” competition, which is designed to reward the best young translators in the European Union. Juvenes Translatores is organized by Unit S.3. Multilingualism and Translation Studies, part of the Directorate-General for Translation for the European Commission.

Note: a version of this article originally appeared in DGT Monthly, the internal magazine of the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Commission.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Resources for Teachers


Wondering how you can integrate more materials on the EU in your classroom? Don’t know where to look? Check out the EU Center’s resource pages for teachers. The Center has a lot of options for general knowledge about the EU, including copious internet links and materials (http://www.euc.illinois.edu/resources/internet/). For more specific materials addressing the

Illinois/EU relationship, visit our “Connections” website (http://connections.euc.illinois.edu/classroom/). Check back frequently for new resources as they come to our (or your) attention!
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2011 EUC Summer Curriculum Development workshop


For those of you who could not make the 2011 EUC Summer Curriculum Development workshop, here are some highlights from our fantastic four-day conference:

• Keynote Speaker Dr. Terri Givens participated in the WILL Focus 580 talk show with David Inge, discussing the immigration dilemma for the EU and US http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus110622a/

• Visit our workshop page for recent news stories and scholarly articles on our theme: “Destination Europe: Immigration and European Integration” http://www.euc.illinois.edu/eucdw2011/resource.html

Stay tuned for more posts from workshop participants! If you are interested in learning more
about our annual curriculum development workshop, join the discussion on our facebook page.
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Illinois Translation Competition


Announcing the first annual Illinois Translation Competition for Illinois high school students of European Languages

The European Union Center has partnered with the University of Illinois Center for Translation Studies to offer the first translation competition for high school students of its kind in the United States. By fostering a greater knowledge and understanding of European languages, students have a unique opportunity to develop their skills and possibly contribute to the burgeoning language policies and programs of the European Union. Teachers will learn about U of I programs, the professional fields of translation and interpretation, and will benefit from tips on how to incorporate translation in the classroom and networking with other teachers. Online registration (https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6997337) is now available. For more information, visit http://www.euc.illinois.edu/translationcompetition/index.html.

The Illinois High School Translation Competition was also highlighted in the October 20, 2011 issue of "Inside Illinois"

If you have any questions, contact Anastasia Lakhtikova: alakhtik@illinois.edu
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3rd Annual Midwest Euro Challenge Competition Winners


Announcing the 3rd Annual Midwest Euro Challenge Competition Winners

The European Union Center congratulates the 2011 Midwest Euro Challenge participants and winners! The Midwest region was represented by:

1st Place winners – Madison East High School, Madison, WI, William Gibson, Teacher

2nd Place winners – Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA, Kelsey Hudson, Teacher

On March 23rd, 2011, six teams of 9th and 10th grade students competed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for a chance to participate at the Euro Challenge Semi-Final and Final rounds in New York City. This year six teams from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin participated at the regional competition. The Midwest Euro Challenge is sponsored by the European Union Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and WISE (Working in Support of Education). Stay tuned for updates and materials for the 2012 competition season. Additional information about these participants and teacher and student materials are available at:

http://www.euro-challenge.org/news/ and http://www.euc.illinois.edu/eurochallenge/index.html
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