LINGUIST List 27.954

Tue Feb 23 2016

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <ashleylinguistlist.org>


Date: 12-Feb-2016
From: Annie Cottier <annie.cottierint.unibe.ch>
Subject: MILSA Colloquium: Facilitating Students' Intercultural Learning through Study Abroad
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Full Title: MILSA Colloquium: Facilitating Students' Intercultural Learning through Study Abroad
Short Title: MILSA

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

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 04-Mar-2016

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 and Elspeth Jones, Emerita Professor Leeds Metropolitan University Leeds 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.

Call for Papers:

There will be one poster session per day where presenters can discuss their work with individual listeners.

Candidates are asked to email their poster title and an abstract of approximately 250 words to kathrin.beelerint.unibe.ch by 4 March 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given within ten days of the deadline. For liaison on travel and accommodation matters, please contact kathrin.beelerint.unibe.ch and/or consult our website www.milsa.unibe.ch.

In particular, we would like to encourage young researchers to submit abstracts. We look forward to your submissions and to meeting you at the Colloquium. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries.


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