LINGUIST List 26.2940

Wed Jun 17 2015

Summer Schools: Multiling Summer School / Oslo, Norway

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Date: 17-Jun-2015
From: Jan Svennevig <>
Subject: Multiling Summer School / Oslo, Norway
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Multiling Summer School / Oslo, Norway

Host Institution: University of Oslo
Coordinating Institution: Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing)

Dates: 07-Sep-2015 - 11-Sep-2015
Location: Oslo, Norway

Focus: Second language learning in school and in the workplace

Minimum Education Level: MA

Special Qualifications: Participants are required to be enrolled in a PhD program.

Jim Cummins: Multilingualism in Education: Research, Theory and Policies

The course will examine a broad range of issues relating to bi/multilingual development among school-aged students, focusing on achievement in the school language(s), maintenance of home languages in cases where there is a
home-school language switch, and instructional policies and practices that promote awareness of language, strong literacy development, and healthy personal and social identities.

The specific topics that will be addressed are outlined below:

- Session 1. Basic Principles and Controversial Constructs
- Session 2. The Achievement of Immigrant-Background Students: PISA and Beyond
- Session 3. Societal Power Relations and Academic Achievement in Multilingual Contexts
- Session 4. “Identity Texts” as a Pedagogical Tool in Multilingual Educational Contexts
- Session 5. Multilingualism and Educational Achievement: A Synthesis of Evidence-Based Strategies for School Improvement

Lynda Yates: Adult L2 Learning and Use in the Workplace

The central aim of this course is to explore the communicative challenges for transnationals working in a later-learned language and how they can develop the sophisticated skills they often need to flourish there.

It will begin with a brief overview of what constitutes workplace language, language use in different kinds of workplaces and the various research approaches that have been used to investigate it. Attention will then turn to the pressures and challenges facing transnationals, immigrants and other L2/L3 language users as they seek and take up employment in a later-learned language. Focusing in particular on the pragmatic aspects of interpersonal spoken competence and drawing on several recent empirical studies, the lectures will explore what they need to learn for the workplace and what they can learn in the workplace in relation to:

- the influence of sociopragmatic values on the pragmalinguistic realisation of different functions at work;
- the role of social language at work and the challenges this presents;
- approaches to instruction in both courses preparing learners for and those supporting them in the workplace
- the autonomous language learning skills that adult learners need for on-the-job language learning in the wild

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition

Tuition: 0 USD

Registration: 17-Jun-2015 to 10-Aug-2015

Contact Person: Jan Svennevig

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions: Participants are required to submit a description of their PhD project.

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