SOAS University of London

Multilingualism, Regional & Minority Languages: Paradigms for ‘Languages of the Wider World’


Date: 16 April 2009Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 17 April 2009Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

This international conference is organised jointly by the Languages of the Wider World CETL (LWW CETL) at SOAS and 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.

The parallel sessions will cover four broad themes: Language Transmission, Education Issues, New Technologies, and Social Benefits and Costs.

Keynote Speakers and Plenary Presentations

Dr Lid King (The National Director for Languages, The Languages Company, UK)
"Multilingualism - The Policy Paradox"

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

Prfessor Viv Edwards (University of Reading, UK)
"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" Link to presentation


Below is the list of speakers and their papers, grouped into the four themes of the conference.

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Language Transmission

Transmission of Yorùbá in and outside the school in the Diaspora
Dr Akin Oyètádé (SOAS, University of London, UK)

Learning language outside school: a diasporic experience

Prof George Alao (INALCO, France)

Siblings: a hidden influence in multilingual families
Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert (France) 
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Once isolated; now multilingual? Language practices, attitudes and identity in Volendam and Inner Mongolia compared
Dr Lisa Lim, Anna Karregat, Yuncang Wu (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) 
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Pre-school and outside school mother tongue educational programmes in the contexts of Selkup, Ket and Evenki communities
Dr Olga Kazakevich (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) 
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Grass roots support groups for multilingual families: the first step on the right road?
Claire Thomas (Waltham Forest Bilingual Group, UK) and Ricky Lowes (University of Plymouth, UK)

Minority language survival in the Canadian prairies
Jaya Nagpal and Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta, Canada) 
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Chinese language socialization and development of ethnic minority children in Hong Kong
Dr Y F Wong and Dr C S Leung (Hong Kong Institute of Education, China)

What causes the non-use of a minority language? The non-use of a minority language
Dr  Catrin Fflur Huws (University of Aberystwyth, UK) 
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Motivating young people to learn endangered languages
Dr Julia Sallabank (SOAS, University of London, UK)

Developing literacy skills in the minority language
Maja Mezgec (Slovene Research Institute, Italy)

A performance approach to second/third language teaching and learning
Dr Meili Fang (Ochanomizu University, Japan), David Nathan (SOAS, UK) 
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Education Issues

Students’ representations on native-speaking teachers of foreign languages
Prof Martine Derivry (University of Paris VI, France)

Negotiating languages other than French in the primary classroom in France
Prof Christine Hélot (University of Strasbourg, France) 
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Between commodification and social integration: an investigation of central concepts of foreign language education
Dr Stephan Breidbach (Humboldt University at Berlin, Germany) 
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Myths and scientific knowledge about pluri-lingual foreign language
Prof Daniela Elsner (University of Vechta, Germany) 
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Primary languages and multilingual education.
Dr Tözün Issa and Cathy Pomphrey (London Metropolitan University, UK)

The continua of multilingual education and the Basque educational context
Prof Jasone Cenoz (University of the Basque Country, Spain) 
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A German response to multicultural reality: two-way immersion education.
Gabriela Meier (University of Exeter, UK)
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SWOT Navarre
Iulen Urbiola Loiarte (Euskara Kultur Elkargoa, Spain)

CLIL in teacher training at the Faculty of Humanities & Education, University of Mondragon, the Basque Country Dr Julia Barnes et al. (Mondragón Unibertsitatea, Eskoriatza, Spain)

Using narrative to teach science: Projecte Solaris, a form of CLIL in a lesser-used language CLIL for minority language
Sílvia Aymerich (Department of Education of Catalonia, Spain)

L³: Technical Language, Everyday Language and Foreign Language in a CLIL Approach to Mathematics
Dr Britta Viebrock (University of Bremen, Germany)

Constructing CLIL programmes and managing related risk
Peeter Mehisto (IoE, University of London)

“It's kinda easy”: children's perspectives on immersion education - Gaelscoileanna and multicultural classrooms
Fiona Gallagher, Dr Angela Leahy and Dr Annette Simon (Dublin City University, Ireland) 
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Irish language preschools: training policies and practice
Dr Máire Mhic Mhathúna (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland) 
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The practice of multiculturalism in Irish pre-schools: the revitalization of a heritage and minority language
Firdevs Melis Cin (Yasar University, Turkey) 
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Pedagogical principles and multilingual education: contradictions and new directions for research and practice
Dr Carol Benson (Stockholm University, Sweden) 
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Bilingual learning: from the margins to the mainstream?
Dr Charmian Kenner, Mahera Ruby, Dr Eve Gregory (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

What should be the language education curricula’s priority: forging a deeper sense of cultural identity or forcing learners to accommodate them with the predefined standard?
L F Apnan Banu (BRAC University, Bangladesh) 
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New Technologies

A blended learning environment to cope with large groups of students in French universities
Prof Marie-Françoise Narcy-Combes (University of Nantes, France) 
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E-Euskara: learning Basque on the web
Nathalie Ticheler (London Metropolitan University, UK) and Egiarte Giménez Etxarri (University of Westminster, UK) 
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Scientific and technical presentations in a foreign language. How far can a blended course cater for all languages?
Prof Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes (University of Paris III, France) 
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Minority languages in education in Ukraine: legal perspective
Iryna Ulasiuk (European University Institute, Italy)

Education in the mother tongue: a comparative study between Cataluña and Australia
Alessia Vacca (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Theory and practice of language teaching in primary schools in Vhembe District of the Limpopo Province, South Africa
Prof N Musehane (University of Venda, South Africa)

Transmission of Arman /Macedonarman language and culture in the multilingual educational context within the Balkan States
Dr Mariana Bara and Kira Mantsu (Member of the Council of Armans/ Macedonarmans, Germany) 
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Video words - using video production as a tool for language learning and promoting linguistic diversity
Lucy Hottmann (Kulturring in Berlin, Germany)

Online delivery of deaf studies curricula in Ireland at Third Level: working towards blended learning
Brian Nolan (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Dublin, Ireland); Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Deaf studies via new technologies in Europe: SIGNALL
Brian Nolan (as above); Haaris Sheikh and Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Ideas and reasons for integrating new technologies of language learning into daily life
Nil Okan Paniguian (SOAS, University of London)

Social Benefits & Costs

The added value of multilingualism and multilingual education:a comparative study of the Basque Autonomous Community & Friesland 
M Hanenburg and R Douwes (Mercator, The Netherlands);E Arozena and M Rodrigez (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Added value to society, communities and their identities & languages; national policies towards multilingualism
Sarah Smyth (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Catalonia & Ireland: teachers’ views on the role of languages in their education systems
Elena Prats Porcar (NUI Maynooth, Ireland)

Local & global languages in different official status. Two case studies: Catalonia and Estonia
J Soler Carbonell (Universities of Tartu, Estonia, & Barcelona, Spain) 
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Language planning and language learning in Catalonia: men’s and women’s experiences
Anna Comas-Quinn (Open University, UK) 
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Making choices in learning/using a second language
Dr Noriko Iwasaki (SOAS, University of London, UK)

Foreign language anxiety: what are you talking about?
Taghreed Al-saraj (Institute of Education, University of London, UK)

The cultural awareness dimension of a pedagogy of multiliteracies
Prof Gerhard Bach (University of Bremen, Germany)

Post-vernacular practices in Low German: can celebrating a regional language help in preserving it?
Prof Gertrud Reershemius (Aston University, UK) 
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Language education and identity: the case of the Aromanian language in Greece
Michalis Sivvas (SOAS, University of London, UK)

The case of the germanophone area in Lorraine, northeast France
Stephanie Hughes (University of Antwerp, Belgium )

Sustainability through integrated planning: reflections on the future of Welsh in education policy in Wales
Catrin Redknap (Welsh Language Board, UK) 
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Towards a framework for assessing ethno-linguistic sustainability
Martin Ehala (University of Tartu, Estonia) 
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Regional and minority languages as public goods: the linkages between national public choice and the provision of language protection under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages
Leon Oliveira Martins (University of Southern Denmark, University of Flensburg, Denmark)

Unequal linguistic relationships in the ‘New Europe’
Dr Anil Biltoo (SOAS, University of London, UK)

Organiser: LWW CETL, MERCATOR European European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning