LINGUIST List 27.993

Thu Feb 25 2016

Calls: General Ling/Thailand

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


Date: 25-Feb-2016
From: Kyungah Kristy Bang <k.bangunesco.org>
Subject: 5th International Conference on Language and Education
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Full Title: 5th International Conference on Language and Education

Date: 19-Oct-2016 - 21-Oct-2016
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Contact Person: Jennifer Goodman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lc.mahidol.ac.th/mleconf/2016/background.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

Since 2003, members of the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group have been co-organizing international conferences on language and education every two to three years. These conferences bring together hundreds of policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, and development actors. The conferences facilitate MLE advocacy, create momentum for stronger MLE programs, and contribute to the mainstreaming of MLE policies around the region. They also function as a platform to share views, good practices, and experiences, as well as to explore issues concerning the importance of mother tongue-based learning and broader language issues in sustainable development. The conferences also encourage researchers and practitioners to provide evidence to support MLE advocacy efforts in the region.

The 5th International Conference on Language and Education will take stock of recent developments in MLE policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region, with a special focus on multilingual education in early childhood and primary education. It will likewise look at innovative pedagogies in the training of MLE teachers. Finally, it will examine challenges and lesson learned from the EFA experience and give opportunities for forward-looking discussions on both the role of language in achieving the new SDGs and preserving a harmonious relationship between the global and local contexts.

Objectives:

- Showcase promising practices in MLE and local language use in education in order to increase understanding of the importance of expanding access to effective multilingual education and accelerating momentum for MLE in the Asia-Pacific region
- Document challenges and lessons learned from existing MLE policies and practices
- Identify innovative pedagogies in teacher training and MLE practice at early childhood and primary education levels
- Enhance understanding of the linkages among language, social cohesion, and the SDGs
- Support the mainstreaming of MLE policies by highlighting recent MLE policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region
- Discuss the role of and balance among different languages – local, national, and international – in MLE policies and practices

In order to address equity and equality in education, members of the Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group have been co-organizing the International Conference on Language and Education every two to three years, since 2003. The conference has been strengthening momentum for MLE and influencing the mainstreaming of MLE policies in the region by bringing together relevant MLE policy-makers, researchers and development partners. The conference functions as a platform to share views, good practices and experiences, as well as, explore issues concerning the importance of mother tongue learning and broader language issues in development (health, economic opportunity, etc.). In addition, the conference will encourage researchers and practitioners to provide evidence to increase awareness of MLE in the region.

Call for Papers:

- Abstracts of proposed papers will be accepted until 30 March 2016. We welcome the submission of papers and perspectives that highlight relevant local, national, international, or comparative research and practice in the four thematic areas.

- Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words in English and should clearly identify the paper's topic and its relevance to the conference. If possible and relevant, please include in the abstract title the name of the country that the proposal is discussing.

- Choose a track category: Proposals should indicate which track is best suited for the paper. The conference steering committee reserves the right to include a paper for consideration in a track other than the one you may identify, if deemed appropriate.

Submission details:

The first page of the submission should not bear any marks that would identify the author or authors. The first page should contain only two items:
- The title of the abstract. If possible and relevant, please include in the abstract title the name of the country that the proposal is discussing.
- The abstract. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words in English and should clearly identify the paper's topic and its relevance to the conference.

The second page should contain:
- Title of the abstract
- Name of the author/authors
- Author title/s (Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr, etc.)
- Author/s gender
- Author/s affiliation/s
- Author/s position/s
- Email address/es
- Preferred conference track (1, 2, 3, or 4)

Use a standard font (such as 12 point Times New Roman) to format the text.

Submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word file (submission template available on the website) to the following address: abstract.2016mleconferencegmail.com

Abstracts will be reviewed by three independent reviewers per track.


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