The Language Project: Words are meaningful
- Dr. Zoi Resta & Dr. Anastasios Ioannidis | Website
The youth cultural initiative, under the title The Language Project, is part of the StART program supported by the R. Bosch Foundation conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Network of Community Art Centers. We produce versatile translation-based events promoting translation, foreign languages and interculturalism. Through the collaboration with European and Greek institutions, we organize events aiming at getting the translator out of his/her cocoon and making translation a co-creative process. We engage youth in order for them to produce, to be part of and to attend events related to translation and interpreting, to state their personal connection with foreign languages and to become members of a linguists' online network.
The aim of our presentation is, therefore, to introduce the main activities that have been launched up to now by our Project and show how these activities contribute to multilingualism and learning foreign languages. Within this framework, the main emphasis will be put on the Cooperative Translation Workshop that focuses on translation as an innovative approach in language education, on the Co-creating Comics Translation Workshop, where several groups of youngsters work together, translate comics and cartoons and collaborate with the graphic designer, on the Translation Slam, a battle with words and phrases as weapons, where young translators present their translations of the same original text and defend their choices in front of a participatory audience, and on The Transparent Translator, an event in which a young translator is asked to translate live on a desk, with his or her coffee mug, a table light, laptop, dictionaries etc. an abstract of a book, so that the audience can lively witness the experience of the translation process. Concluding, we are going to present the social impact of these initiatives, as exerted not only to the participants of these events, but also to the general public.