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Re-thinking bilingualism - Challenges of multilingualism & communication in classroom settings

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  • Don Osborn
    FYI, from: edling via lgpolicy-list Re-thinking bilingualism - Challenges of multilingualism and communication in classroom settings Örebro University,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 19, 2009
      FYI, from: edling via lgpolicy-list

      "Re-thinking bilingualism - Challenges of multilingualism and communication
      in classroom settings"

      Örebro University, Sweden
      14-15 May, 2009

      The traditional discourse of bilingualism has in the last two decades been
      strongly challenged. Approaches to bilingualism have tended to assume a
      monologic understanding of language use. Such a point of departure fails to
      recognize the dynamic emergence of meaning through social interaction.

      At the same time, these traditional approaches have revealed a monolingual
      bias in that 'monolingualism' has been regarded as the 'normal' state while
      bi-or multilingualism has been treated as the exception rather than the
      'rule'. A monolingual perspective favours a monolithic view of language in
      which languages are discrete entities - one which is increasingly contested
      by, for example, the fl uent mixed vernaculars of bilingual speech. The term
      'bilingualism' is therefore used in the context of this International
      Research Symposium/Workshop with a critical recognition of its limitations.
      The research community has started attending to issues related to the
      broader concept of multilingualism, the implications of communication and
      the sociocultural environment of language use. These challenges are
      particularly relevant for school classroom settings.

      The International Research Symposium/Workshop intends to be a forum for:
      - Presentation and discussion of research outcomes of various kinds dealing
      with new dimensions of what (in relation to education) has traditionally
      been called bilingualism.
      - Discussion of conceptual and methodological implications for education of
      approaching bilingualism with a multifaceted view.

      The outcomes of the International Research Symposium/Workshop are expected
      to be a more detailed analysis and discussion of multilingual issues as well
      as the challenges currently faced by traditional approaches to bilingualism.

      The discussion in the symposium/research workshop is expected to help
      develop more informed methodologies with which to approach the complex issue
      of multilingualism. The forum is also expected to raise issues regarding the
      implications of new approaches for school practices.

      Keynote speakers, paper presenters and discussants are challenged to go
      beyond traditional approaches with an analysis that could be meaningful for
      further research that this complex theme demands.

      Organizers and venue

      The Research Symposium/Workshop is organised by the Research group KKOM-DS
      (Communication, Culture and Diversity- Deaf Studies) at Örebro University,

      Organizing committee:
      Chair: Associate Professor Lázaro Moreno Herrera
      Committee members: Jenny Rosén, Karin Allard, Marie Nordmark, Oliver St
      John, Reidun Carlsson, Sara Fröden, Åsa Wedin

      Venue: Örebro University, Forum-huset, 14-15 May, 2009

      Programme outline

      The four invited key note presentations will deal with various dimensions of
      multilingualism based on empirical work or theoretical analysis. A limited
      number of papers will be accepted. Papers, presented in parallel sessions,
      will be critically commentid by a discussant followed by a dialogue open to
      all participants.

      Two thematic sessions will be scheduled:
      Theme 1. Bilingualism re-contextualized. The role of communication and
      sociocultural environment.
      Theme 2. Methodological issues in research on multilingualism. A focus on
      social practices.

      A panel session will be scheduled where key note speakers will be invited to
      focus upon the implications of a more plural approach to multilingualism for
      school practices.

      Key note speakers

      * Francis Hult, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, University of
      Texas at San Antonio, USA.
      * Clark Taylor, The College of Public and Community Service (CPCS),
      University of Massachusetts, USA.
      * Gisela Håkansson, Malmö University, Sweden.
      * Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Örebro University, Sweden.

      Registration fee
      1300:- SEK


      Please submit an abstract of 120 words, including author/s details (full
      name, institution, mailing address and email) to: bilingualism@...

      Only a limited number of papers will be accepted. Selected papers will be
      considered for publication.

      Deadline: February 28, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be given to the
      main author by the end of March 2009.


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