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LINGUIST List 23.2216

Tue May 08 2012

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Translation/South Africa

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

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Date: 08-May-2012
From: Cate Almon <Cate.Almonwits.ac.za>
Subject: Language Legitimacy and Access
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Full Title: Language Legitimacy and Access

Date: 24-Aug-2012 - 24-Aug-2012
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact Person: Cate Almon
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.witslanguageschool.com/Newsroom/ArticleView/tabid/299/ArticleId/81/Call-for-papers-Wits-Language-School-Conference.aspx

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Translation

Call Deadline: 15-May-2012

Meeting Description:

To commemorate its 15th anniversary, Wits Language School is pleased to announce its 2012 one-day conference, 'Language Legitimacy and Access: How Far Have We Come towards Fostering a Multilingual South Africa after a Decade and a Half?'

As the school is just one year younger than South Africa's constitution, the conference will highlight current trends and political concerns involved with the language areas that WLS is engaged in, such as language teaching, teacher education, and translation and interpreting. We will examine these areas as they relate to South Africa's Bill of Rights on language in important domains such as education, cultural life and the judicial system. Although the focus of the Bill of Rights is on equity and inclusion, access to language resources is still contestable in these contexts. The conference will provide a space to share insights as well as to highlight successes and areas that need improvement and advocates.

The conference will open with a welcome address by Dr Nhlanhla Thwala, Director of Wits Language School. Invited guest speakers include Susan Coetzee Van Rooy, Leketi Makalela and more to be announced.

Call for Papers:

Proposals in applied linguistics are welcome in the following main areas as they relate to the conference theme:

Language teaching
Translation and interpreting
Language teacher education

Please note that proposals must indicate one of these three areas for their presentation.

Subtopics that relate to these themes may include any of the following:

English as a foreign language
English for academic purposes
Intercultural communication
Language policy and planning
Learner identity
Legal challenges
Program administration
Social contexts of teacher education
Social responsibility
Teacher identity
Teaching South African languages
Teaching students who have come from South African public schools
Vocational, workplace, business English


Proposals due: 15 May
Acceptance notification: 15 June
Early registration: 15 June
Conference date: 24 August

Presentation Time:

Presenters will speak for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstract of not more than 300 words bearing the title, name and surname of presenter(s), institutional affiliation/s and email address of presenter(s) should be addressed to Dr Cate Almon:


Checklist for Submissions:

Did you...

Put 'WLS Conference' in the subject line?
Attach your 300 word abstract?
State one of the three main topics to which you are submitting your proposal (Language teaching, Translation and interpreting or Language teacher education)

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