SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

BAAL: The social life of language and language development in Africa

Keynote speaker: Dr Jo Westbrook (University of Sussex)

Date: 5 May 2012Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 5 May 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Workshop

The objective of this BAAL Language in Africa (LiA) Meeting is to enable LiA SIG members and others to get together, present their research, and discuss current issues related to language and literacy in African schools, and other issues which relate to the sociolinguistic or sociocultural contexts of language use in Africa, including language endangerment and development.

Keynote Lecture

Dr Jo Westbrook (University of Sussex)
The Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, recently published their research report on Teacher Preparation and Continuing Professional Development in Africa: learning to teach early reading and mathematics.

Call for Papers

Presentations can focus on any theme-related topic.

Abstracts written in English of max 300 words (with bibliographical references) for a 30 minute paper should be sent by 17th March 2011 to The preferred file formats are .doc and .pdf. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 2nd April 2012.


All participants have to register.

Organiser: Dr Lutz Marten, Department of Linguistics

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4893/2