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Fri Feb 10 2012

Confs: Applied Linguistics/Luxembourg

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        1.     Nancy Morys , Multilingualism - Chance and Challenge


Message 1: Multilingualism - Chance and Challenge
Date: 10-Feb-2012
From: Nancy Morys <nancy.morysuni.lu>
Subject: Multilingualism - Chance and Challenge
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Multilingualism - Chance and Challenge

Date: 21-Jun-2012 - 22-Jun-2012
Location: University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Contact: Nancy Morys
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.mehrsprachigkeit-als-chance.eu

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Multilingualism - Chance and Challenge. Fourth international conference on challenges and opportunities of multilingualism in the fields of school and teacher training

Multilingualism is both a desirable aim in terms of educational policy and common reality in European classrooms of all levels. Linguistically and culturally heterogeneous groups of learners are perfectly normal. Moreover, social mobility in a shared European common market, immigration and intercultural diversity as well as different learner biographies has an impact on classroom reality. For instance, in (language) classrooms different types of learners share the same courses: those who speak the language as a mother tongue, those who have acquired the language as a second language and those who are beginners. Frequently, a great number of immigrant languages are spoken at school, which on the one hand characterize and on the other enrich the students’ identity and everyday lessons.

Concerning multilingualism, teachers as well as students face unprecedented challenges. At the same time, multilingualism provides undreamed chances for a lively, real-life and functional language classroom. In order to use this opportunity, reflections on and concepts of an emergent ‘methodology of teaching multilingualism’ are required. As traditional teaching theories and ideas about the acquisition of a foreign language lack answers to this, we have to find new ways to cope with today’s multilingual and multicultural heterogeneity adequately. Firstly, a language teaching methodology has to draw its attention to these new phenomena scientifically, and secondly, needs to redefine its self-conception. For this purpose, it is necessary to start an interdisciplinary and transnational dialogue that includes and develops different experiences in terms of teaching, linguistics and language methodology: country-specific empirical research findings, case studies and lesson reports are a subject of interest, as well as first attempts in order to seize the chances of multilingualism by using specific methods in the learners´ acquisition process and teacher training.

The main objective of this conference is to enable a focused exchange between students, researchers and practitioners in schools and universities about educational approaches, research activities and projects related to multilingualism in terms of first, second and foreign language learning.

Colleagues from universities and schools from 10 different countries will give lectures on the different approaches to cope with individual and societal multilingualism which have been developed in their countries and regions.




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