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543Workshop 'Multilingualism and Literacy', Geneva July 2013

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  • aschalley
    Mar 28, 2012

      Title: Multilingualism and Literacy
      Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013
      Location: Geneva, Switzerland

      URL: <http://www.cil19.org/en/workshops/multilingualism-and-literacy/>

      DEADLINE: 15-Jul-2012

      One of the visible aspects of globalisation and politico-economic upheavals in the third millennium is the increased mobility of populations, resulting in children growing up with, and adults being exposed to, a variety of languages. Ensuing are linguistic systems that display a range of proficiency levels across the four macroskills, namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Usually it is the reading and writing skills for one or all the languages spoken by multilinguals that lag behind - or in some cases are never developed. This workshop will explore the impact of multilingualism on literacy development of both children and adults. In particular, we will focus on whether, and if so how, literacy skills or the lack thereof in one language impact on the development of literacy in the other language(s) and on cognitive skills more generally.

      Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

      The acquisition of multiple literacies by multilinguals:
      - Cognitive processes
      - Pathways and best practice
      - Challenges
      - Outcomes and implications

      The cost of illiteracy in the home or heritage language, specifically in the following domains:
      - Cognitive
      - Academic
      - Social
      - Economic
      - Identity formation, wellbeing, and health

      Specific populations, e.g.:
      - Emergent literacy in multilingual children
      - Literacy and emergent second language acquisition (i.e. in sequential multilingualism)
      - Literacy and multilingualism in children with interrupted schooling
      - Acquisition of literacy in the language of schooling or work in the absence of literacy in the home language

      [Note: For the purposes of this workshop, multilingualism in particular comprises bilingualism.]

      Susana Eisenchlas
      Diana Guillemin
      Andrea Schalley

      The workshop is organised as part of the International Congress of Linguists to be held in Geneva July 22-27, 2013.

      Linguistic Subfields: Language Acquisition
      Applied Linguistics
      Cognitive Science

      We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for presentation at the workshop. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please remove all author information from the abstract. Please send your abstract via email to s.eisenchlas(at)griffith.edu(dot)au by 15 July 2012.

      Presentations consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

      We look forward to receiving your contributions!
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