MINELRES: Invitation: Multilingualism, Regional & Minority Languages: Paradigms for Languages of the Wider World

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Sat Mar 7 10:46:01 2009


Original sender: Marjan Hoogeveen <mhoogeveen@fryske-akademy.nl>


You are all invited to attend the following event:

Multilingualism, Regional & Minority Languages: Paradigms for ‘Languages
of the Wider World’
16th –17th April 2009
Brunei Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies,
Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

For details, including the programme and registration form, please go
to: http://www.lww-cetl.ac.uk/part_7/International_Conference.htm 
(If this link fails, please go to our website homepage:
www.lww-cetl.ac.uk.)

Registration is now open for the international conference organised
jointly by the “Languages of the Wider World CETL” (LWW CETL) at SOAS &
UCL in the UK, and the MERCATOR “European Research Centre on
Multilingualism and Language Learning” at the Fryske Akademy in the
Netherlands.

All people have the right to learn and use their mother-tongue, and to
learn a second and third language. This formal right is often absent and
its use in practice is often less well guaranteed and less developed
than should be the case, especially for speakers of smaller languages
variously labelled as ‘regional’, ‘minority’, ‘immigrant’, ‘community’
(including sign languages), ‘heritage’ languages, etc. The conference
will focus on theoretical and empirical work in research and
implementation of teaching and learning models and strategies for
language learning.

The conference will combine the fields of interest of the partner
institutions. The LWW CETL focuses on languages of Asia, the Middle
East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. The focus
of MERCATOR and the Fryske Akademy is on language learning and language
transmission of Regional and Minority Languages and smaller state
languages in Europe. This conference will bring together researchers and
practitioners from these various fields to define, analyse and explore
new directions and paradigms for ‘Languages of the Wider World’. It will
also provide opportunities for further research and future
collaborations.

Keynote Speakers

Lid King (The National Director for Languages, The National Languages
Strategy, UK Department for Children, Schools and Families) –
“Multilingualism - The Policy Paradox”

Professor Viv Edwards (University of Reading) - "Interdisciplinary
perspectives of African language materials for children"

Robert Bibeau (ICT expert, Quebec, Canada) – “Using Information &
Communication Technology in Language Teaching & Learning”

Professor Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country, Spain) –
“Glocalization and sustainable linguistic diversity”

Professor John Edwards (St Francis Xavier University, Canada) -
"Multilingualism: Recognition, Rights and Realities"


For details, including the programme and registration form, please go
to: http://www.lww-cetl.ac.uk/part_7/International_Conference.htm

(If this link fails, please go to our website homepage:
www.lww-cetl.ac.uk.)

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