LINGUIST List 27.1218

Wed Mar 09 2016

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Socioling/Switzerland

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Date: 09-Mar-2016
From: Annie Cottier <annie.cottierint.unibe.ch>
Subject: MILSA Colloquium: Facilitating Students' Intercultural Learning through Study Abroad
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MILSA Colloquium: Facilitating Students' Intercultural Learning through Study Abroad
Short Title: MILSA


Date: 14-Apr-2016 - 15-Apr-2016
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Contact: Annie Cottier
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.milsa.unibe.ch/colloquium_2016/index_eng.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

MILSA is research project investigating methods for facilitating university students’ intercultural learning through study abroad programs; collaborators are the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. The colloquium will explore current practices and directions from a range of international contexts and perspectives and will inform and guide the direction of the MILSA project over the next two years.

The University of Bern (Switzerland) and the University of Technology Sydney (Australia) are collaborators on a research project investigating methods for facilitating university students’ intercultural learning through study abroad programs. The project which will run from 2016-17 is titled ‘MILSA’ (‘Mentoring Intercultural Learning through Study Abroad’ or ‘Mentoringprogramm für interkulturelles Lernen während des studentischen Auslandaufenthalts’) and is supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, the International Office of the University of Bern and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.

The project aims to understand how we as educators and program administrators can maximise the opportunities afforded by study abroad programs to facilitate student intercultural learning. One of the first activities of the project is a research colloquium to be held on 14 and 15 April 2016 in Bern to bring together experts working in the area of intercultural learning in study abroad. We are pleased to welcome Jane Jackson from Chinese University of Hong Kong and Fred Dervin from the University of Helsinki as confirmed plenary speakers, as well Josep-Maria Cots, University of Lleida; Mirjam Egli Cuenat, University of Teacher Education St. Gallen; Sybille Heinzmann, University of Teacher Education Luzern; Susan Oguro, University of Technology Sydney; Hiroshi Ota, Hitotsubashi University, Elspeth Jones, Emerita Professor Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds, and Grant Douglas, IESEG School of Management, Lille as our confirmed invited speakers.

The colloquium will explore current practices and directions from a range of international contexts and perspectives and will inform and guide the direction of the MILSA project over the next two years. The colloquium also provides an opportunity to scope an edited monograph.

The colloquium will provide opportunities to not only discuss educational models and teaching practices but also to explore theoretical perspectives. Posters should address one or more of the following areas:

- Ways to mentor students’ intercultural learning in study abroad programs (pre-departure and/or during exchange and/or post-sojourn)
- Experiences with technical tools for mentoring students during study abroad (chatrooms, learning platforms etc.)
- Ways of supporting students to reflect on and articulate their study abroad insights in sophisticated ways (that is, encouraging students to move beyond superficial reporting).
- Ways to explicitly link study abroad program/experiences to graduate attributes and careers
- Defining the parameters of intercultural competences for specific study abroad programs
- Ways of evaluating links between interculturality and study abroad programs

This conference will be of interest to Applied Linguists and Sociolinguists working within the areas of Language and Intercultural Education and Globalisation.

Programme:

DAY 1: Thursday, April 14, 2016

9:00-9:45
Registration and Refreshments

9:45:10:25
Welcome by Ellen Krause, Head of International Office, University of Bern
Introduction to Project MILSA, Susan Oguro (University of Technology Sydney) and Annie Cottier (University of Bern)

10:30-11:30
''Optimizing intercultural learning and engagement abroad through online mentoring''
Plenary address: Jane Jackson (The Chinese University of Hongkong)

11:35-12:20
''What contributes to intercultural learning in study abroad programs? Insights from a longitudinal, quasi-experimental study among high school students''
Invited speaker: Sybille Heinzmann (University of Teacher Education, Lucerne)

12:20-14:00 Lunch and poster session

14:00-14:45
''From international to intercultural: promoting intercultural intelligence throughout the school. The case of IESEG School of Management, Lille''
Invited speaker: Grant Douglas (IESEG School of Management, Lille)

14:50-15:35
''Exploring long-term impact of Japanese people's study abroad experience''
Invited speaker: Hiroshi Ota (Hitotsubashi University)

15:35-16:10 Refreshments

16:15-17:00
Summary and feedback
Invited discussant Elspeth Jones (Leeds Metropolitan University, Prof.em.)


DAY 2: Friday, April 15, 2016

9:15-9:25
Re-cap and introduction

9:30-10:30
'''The imaginary is what tends to become real' (Breton): Mentoring students' intercultural learning through a pedagogy of imagineering''
Plenary address: Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki)

10:30-11:00 Refreshments

11:00-11:45
'''Cultural responsiveness' as a framework for understanding students' intercultural experiences during study abroad programs''
Invited speaker: Susan Oguro (University of Technology Sydney)

11:50-12:35
''Between researching in intercultural learning in study abroad and teaching about intercultural communication: a reflection on methods and findings''
Invited speaker: Josep-Maria Cots (University of Lleida)

12:35-14:00 Lunch and poster session

14:00-14:45
Overall summary and feedback
Invited discussant: Mirjam Egli Cuenat (University of Teacher Education, St. Gallen)

Future directions

14:45-16:00 Farewell drinks


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