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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: How Does Language Work?
Short Title: HDLW
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Start Date: 27-Jun-2013 - 28-Jun-2013
Contact: Jacqueline Harding
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/how-does-language-work/
Meeting Description: This conference considers the fact that variation between the language of the home and community and the language of school is at the heart of a great deal of the underachievement of identifiable groups of learners in Britain. These learners may speak English either as a first or second language. They draw on the language of home and community to make meanings within school. School subjects draw on different kinds of language. These variations in language do not match.

The conference aims to:

Make the workings of the language system explicit in order to appreciate the role language plays, in constructing knowledge across all learning areas.
Build understandings about the patterned ways meanings are made within and across genres so that educators are able to develop students’ language resources to understand and produce those genres.
Enable participants to understand and use the differences between spoken and written language, both as a teaching and a learning tool.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2159

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