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Portuguese in Germany discuss the importance of digitalisation

The Association of Portuguese Postgraduates in Germany discusses in Heidelberg next Saturday the importance of digitization in a perspective of global sustainability.

“Educating for Digitization in Global Sustainability” is the title of the seventh “PORTAL”, the main ASPPA event that brings together the board and members of the association created in Germany in 2012.

“We chose this theme because it is one of the most important areas of society today and because it is possible to complement it with other areas. And that is our main objective, to go beyond the scientific area, something that has been habitual in recent events,” he said. to Lusa the president of the association, Mafalda Gonçalves.

In total, the conference will feature five panels and the presence of the Portuguese ambassador to Germany, João Mira Gomes, the Portuguese Teaching Coordinator in Germany, Rui Azevedo, and the Portuguese journalist Rita Ferro Rodrigues, among others.

“The first intervention is related to the importance of digitization in the context of teaching a foreign language, and we will focus on Portuguese. Portuguese as a language of inheritance in the new generations that are in Germany. We will also try to understand how digitization works for social equality, “says Mafalda Gonçalves.

This year, for the first time, PORTAL will have simultaneous translation into German. The ASPPA president explained that the target audience for this initiative is “the Portuguese living in Germany”, but the association wants, increasingly, to “include German society”.

Another of the novelties this year is the mini-portal with play activities for children from 3 to 13 years, “a way to stimulate contact with the Portuguese language,” said the person in charge.

Mafalda Gonçalves, a professor of Portuguese at the University of Leipzig, underlines the importance of “increasingly digitizing these days”.

“In my personal case, it is very important to stimulate the learning of Portuguese as a foreign language. I believe that not everyone has enough information on how best to take advantage of the technological opportunities that are offered to us today,” says Mafalda Gonçalves.

ASPPA, the Association of Portuguese Postgraduates in Germany, has about 200 enrolled and several nuclei spread throughout the country.

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