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LINGUIST List 16.2915

Fri Oct 07 2005

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        1.    Jennifer Olson, Languages and Education in Africa


Message 1: Languages and Education in Africa
Date: 03-Oct-2005
From: Jennifer Olson <jennifeoulrik.uv.uio.no>
Subject: Languages and Education in Africa



Languages and Education in Africa
Short Title: LEA 2006


Date: 19-Jun-2006 - 22-Jun-2006
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact: Jennifer Olson
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.pfi.uio.no/konferanse/LEA2006/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This conference offers international and multidisciplinary perspectives on issues concerning languages and education in Africa.


Languages and Education in Africa (LEA)

We, the LEA group of researchers from the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of the Humanities from the University of Oslo, welcome you to an international conference linking researchers from the South and North who are addressing the wide range of themes found within languages and education in Africa. The conference was initiated in the spring of 2004 when five Norwegian NUFU project leaders from the University of Oslo - two from the Faculty of Education and three from the Faculty of Humanities - came together and discussed common interests related to languages and education. NUFU (the Norwegian Council of Universities Committee for Development Research and Education) sponsors projects aimed at cooperation between universities in Norway and in developing countries. The NUFU projects at the Faculty of Education cooperate with partners based in Tanzania, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Uganda; while the NUFU projects at the Faculty of Humanities cooperate with partners based in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, and Mali.

The purpose of such a conference is to underline the significance of language for learning in various educational settings from global and local perspectives. It will also provide an opportunity to present and learn from linguistic and educationally directed research in various countries and regions. Ongoing networks and projects will contribute substantially to the conference and utilize it both as an aim for their work and as a meeting place to exchange current research. In addition to active participation at the conference, the organizing committee's work is directed towards research projects, research publications, and other relevant outcomes.

Conference themes include:

Language policy
Multilingualism
Literacy in African languages
Language as medium of instruction and as a subject
Teacher training
Educational materials
Lexicography and lexicology
Grammatical descriptions
Standardization
Sign language in an African context
Language mastery, learning and mediat




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