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LINGUIST List 23.2505

Mon May 28 2012

Confs: Applied Ling/UK

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Date: 26-May-2012
From: Fil Nereo <fil.nereoheacademy.ac.uk>
Subject: 'Connecting Cultures' and Internationalisation through Commonwealth Foreign Languages
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'Connecting Cultures' and Internationalisation through Commonwealth Foreign Languages

Date: 20-Jun-2012 - 20-Jun-2012
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact: Bala Chandra
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW211

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

‘Connecting Cultures’ is the Commonwealth theme for the year 2012. Language
is a crucial element in constructing/connecting cultures, and the seminar,
part of the UK Higher Education Academy's Workshop and Seminar Series, will
discuss the provision for learning and teaching of languages whose use
transcends national boundaries.

Intercultural dimensions of language will be foregrounded in the
discussions. A key anticipated outcome of the event will be the impact on
policy at institutional, national or Commonwealth levels with specific
reference to internationalisation strategies in the university/tertiary sector.

Session 1: Language policies and state building will focus on language
policies, both historical and current. It will cover post-colonial use of
language as an instrument of state consolidation and articulation of
nationalist discourses as well as state-sponsored language acquisition as a
way of enhancing citizenship and social cohesion in situations of migration.

Session 2: Language in practice – pidgins, creoles, code-switching will
focus on language in practice, where users rather than policy makers define
the nature of language and its various forms. The status and use of
pidgins, creoles and code-switching, for example, highlight the gap between
official endorsement and common practice in different countries and in
diasporic communities.

Session 3: Language and intercultural competence/Commonwealth values will
examine ways in which language can contribute to intercultural competence
and address the question should one be bi- and/or multilingual to have
intercultural competence? Are English translations, interpretations and
subtitling of films sufficient substitutes for linguistic competence in
another language?

Session 4 Language learning and teaching (pedagogy) and/in education will
examine the learning and teaching provision and pedagogic strategies in the
context of traditional (face-to-face) and ICT-enabled interactions. The
role of Open Educational Resources in language learning will also be covered.

Plenary session: the role of languages in ‘Connecting Cultures’ and
internationalisation in the Commonwealth.

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