LINGUIST List 28.1486

Fri Mar 24 2017

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling/France

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 23-Mar-2017
From: Anne-Marie Barrault-Methy <>
Subject: Transferring University Language Policy
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Full Title: Transferring University Language Policy
Short Title: TULP

Date: 03-Nov-2017 - 03-Nov-2017
Location: Poitiers, France
Contact Person: Anne-Marie Barrault-Methy
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2017

Meeting Description:

The internationalisation of universities is a burning issue.

The number of international students have increased while the social responsibility of universities at regional, national and supranational level is being questioned.

Universities have thus adopted various language policies, sometimes implicit, sometimes explicit. This has allowed such universities to organise language learning and define the place of local, national and international languages in relation with one another, particularly with English in teaching, mobility, research and to deal with non-faculty staff.

This one-day conference will observe how university language policies are born, circulate, transform and inform each other.

Universities worldwide have become more international in the past decades, with more linguistic diversity on campuses and in classrooms. In Europe, such supranational organisations as the Council of Europe and the European Union have been accompanying the increase of transnational exchanges in the academic world by publishing the CERFL, creating the ECML, setting up various programmes, and by co-funding consortia initiatives. Not only have such policies been implemented differently across the countries of Europe depending on higher education policies and traditions, but the CERFL’s influence has also extended well beyond Europe, in America as well as in the Asia-Pacific region, as shown by Byram & Parmenter (2012).

Numerous stakeholders play a part in university language policy: students and student organisations, teachers, universities themselves, the army, legal institutions, local governments, activist groups, language management agencies and academies, so that policy change may occur as a result of bottom-up implementation as well as top-down. This blurs the difference between policy and practice. Transfer may thus occur between two or more stakeholders, whether institutions or even individual teachers as those can “formally (in the form of policy text creation) and informally (at the classroom level) appropriate policy in creative and unpredictable ways” (Johnson 2013:55).


Byram, M., Parmenter, L. 2012. The Common European Framework of Reference. The Globalisation of Language Education Policy. Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Johnson, D.C. 2013. Language Policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Call for Papers:

This one-day conference will explore how university language policies transfer from one geographic area to another, from one stakeholder to another, in the context of the globalisation of higher education.

Contributions are welcome on the following issues:

- Theoretical approaches to university language policy transfer
- Relationships between Europeanisation, globalisation and internationalisation of the multilingual and multicultural learning space; the dynamics of such notions
- Qualitative and quantitative analysis of university language policy transfer
- Influence of the CERFL and other Council of Europe instruments on language education in the Anglophone world, particularly in Africa and Asia
- Influence of state traditions on academic language practices
- Role of individuals, and of institutions, in language policy transfer
- Impact of university language policies on other stakeholders
- Impact on academia of language policies carried out by the army, particularly regarding digitalisation, and by legal institutions, companies and other stakeholders
- Contrarianism and resistance to the globalisation of university language policy in Anglophone and non-Anglophone countries

Please send 400-word proposals to by 30 June 2017. The abstract should include a short bio-bibliographical note with the affiliation of the speaker, as well as a contact email address.

Deadline for submitting a proposal: 30 June 2017


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