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Wed Feb 04 2009

FYI: Perspectives in Mother Tongue Education

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Message 1: Perspectives in Mother Tongue Education
Date: 04-Feb-2009
From: Trace Foundation <eventstrace.org>
Subject: Perspectives in Mother Tongue Education
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Dear All,

Trace Foundation is pleased to invite you to the second event in the
lecture series Minority Language in Today's Global Society, entitled
Perspectives in Mother Tongue Education.

In recognition of International Mother Language Day, Trace Foundation is
pleased to present the second event in the Minority Language in Today's
Global Society lecture series:

Minority Language in Today's Global Society

Trace Foundation Lecture Series

Perspectives in Mother Tongue Education

Saturday 21-Sunday 22 February 2009

International Mother Language Day was proclaimed in 1999 by UNESCO to
promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This second
lecture event will focus on mother language in education. According to
UNESCO, many studies show that instruction in the mother tongue is more
effective for achievement not only for the first language, but also for
other subject areas and for second language learning. Despite these
findings, mother tongue education is still far from being a widely-accepted
model, often due to social, economic, political or even technological

Why is mother tongue an issue in education? What does mother tongue
education look like in practice? Is it truly worthwhile in terms of real
costs and benefits?


Complete the registration form and submit it by email or fax. You may also
call Trace Foundation and register by phone. Seating is limited and
registration is encouraged. Follow this link to the registration form:



Saturday, February 21st

9:00-10:00 a.m. Check-in/breakfast

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Lecture sessions

5:30-7:00 p.m. Reception

Sunday, February 22nd

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion preceded by breakfast


*Shawo Dondrup, Project Manager, Trace Foundation Hainan Prefecture Junior
Middle School Pilot Project, Qinghai Province, P.R. China;=20

*François Grin, Professor of Economics, School of Translation and
Interpretation (ETI), University of Geneva, Switzerland;=20

*Tenzin Norbu Nangsal, Instructor of Modern Tibetan Language, Weatherhead
East Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York;

*Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Professor Emerita, University of Roskilde,
Department of Language and Culture, Denmark, and Åbo Akademi University,
Department of Education, Vasa, Finland;

*Minglang Zhou, Associate Professor and Chair, East Asian Studies
Department, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.

Trace Foundation Lecture Series Program:
Trace Foundation's lecture series brings together speakers from diverse
national and disciplinary backgrounds to examine and share experiences on
the selected topics at hand, with a special comparative focus on
communities in western China. The lectures are free and open to the public


Trace Foundation/Latse Library
132 Perry Street, Suite 2B (between Greenwich and Washington Streets)=20
New York, NY 10014

In the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan 1, 2, 3 trains: 14th
St./Seventh Ave. Station or Christopher St./Sheridan Square Station; A, C,
E, L trains: 14th St./Eighth Ave. Station; PATH trains: Christopher St. Station

Trace Foundation | 132 Perry Street, Suite 2B | New York, NY 10014 |
(:212.367.7380 | 7: 212.367.7383 | *: eventstrace.org

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

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