Reminder: Responding to contemporary multilingual realities, recasting research methodologies

The University of Birmingham’s MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism will be hosting the conference “Responding to contemporary multilingual realities, recasting research methodologies” on March 25-26, 2013.

From the conference flyer:

Over the last two decades, sociolinguistic research on multilingualism has been transformed. Two broad processes of change have been at work: firstly, there has been a broad epistemological shift to a critical and ethnographic approach, one that has reflected and contributed to the wider turn, across the social sciences, towards critical and poststructuralist perspectives on social life. Secondly, there has been increasing focus on the social, cultural and linguistic changes ushered in by globalisation, by transnational population flows, by the advent of new communication technologies and by the changes taking place in the political and economic landscape of different regions of the world. These changes have had major implications for the ways in which we conceptualise the relationship between language and society and the multilingual realities of the contemporary era. A new sociolinguistics of multilingualism is now being forged: one that takes account of the new communicative order and the particular cultural conditions of our times, while retaining a central concern with the processes involved in the construction of social difference and social inequality.

The purpose of this final conference of the ESRC RDI project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice is to reflect on the nature of the changes that have been taking place in the ways in which we approach the teaching of research methodology courses in this field and to map out new directions, focusing on methodologies that are best attuned to research on linguistic diversity in the late modern era.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Teresa Wendler (t.wendler@bham.ac.uk). For further information please get in touch with the conference organisers: Marilyn Martin-Jones (m.martinjones@bham.ac.uk) and Deirdre Martin (d.m.martin@bham.ac.uk). Places are limited so early registration is advised.

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Call for Papers: 46th Annual Meeting of BAAL, Edinburgh, 5-7 Sept 2013

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The 46th Annual Meeting of BAAL, “Opening New Lines Of Communication In Applied Linguistics”, will take place at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, on 5-7 September 2013 and is organised by the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies.

Conference theme1

Over the last number of decades, research in the area of applied linguistics has been transformed by an increasing focus on the social, cultural and linguistic changes brought about by globalisation, increased mobility and transnational flows, new technologies and a changing political and economic landscape. These changes have had major implications for the ways in which we conceptualise the relationship between language and society in the twenty-first century. A new communicative order has emerged in which we find new types of speakers, new forms of language and new modes of communication. The conference theme ‘Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics’ addresses the challenges and opportunities that this new communicative order presents in the field of applied linguistics. To understand the complexity of this new (socio)linguistic reality, the conference explores new lines of communication between sub-disciplines within and beyond the field of applied linguistics.

Plenary Speakers

Kathryn Woolard, University of California, San Diego
Jannis Androutsopoulos, Universität Hamburg
Svenja Adolphs, University of Nottingham

Call for Papers:

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics, should be interesting and innovative in some way, and should be of scholarly and academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 1 March 2013

For more information, go to the conference website.

Aston University will host the 48th Meeting of BAAL on 3-5 September, 2015.

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University of Southampton: ICT and Languages Conference 2013 (#ililc3)

Languages south east logoOn 9th & 10th February 2013, Languages South East will be hosting its very successful annual ICT and Languages conference at the University of Southampton.

This year’s conference title is ‘Jail breaking the MFL Classroom’ – aiming to explore current challenges in MFL and ways to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom.  This two-day event has something for everyone. Whether you want to find out how to use blogs and wikis to trying out digital voice recorders or App design, you’ll be inspired to try something new!  A range of speakers will demonstrate tried and tested models for different skill levels with plenty of opportunity to get to grips with new ideas in practical workshops. You don’t have to be an expert in ICT to attend!

Sponsors include Televic, Pearson, Vocabexpress, CILT, Sparklespeak, Take Ten, OuP, Rosetta Stone, The EU commission amongst others.  Televic will host an MFL Show and Tell event on the at Jurys Inn, Southampton on Saturday evening from 7.30pm – which is free to attend, but must be signed up for in advance.

Keynote SpeakersJoe Dale & Isabelle Jones

Sessions include: Mobile learning, social media tools for learning and assessment, App design, using the ‘global’ classroom, supporting SEN through technology, developing speaking at all Key Stages, animation, subtitling, Web 2.0 tools and much more…

For more details about the event and the Show & Tell – including a fuller programme and booking , please visit www.languagessoutheast.ac.uk/events/ict-and-languages-conference-2013-ililc3 .

University of Birmingham: Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice

MOSAIC logoOn March 25-26, 2013, the University of Birmingham’s MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism will be hosting the conference “Responding to contemporary multilingual realities, recasting research methodologies”.

This final conference wraps up the the ESRC RDI project on Researching multilingualism, multilingualism in research practice and is intended to reflect on the nature of the changes that have been taking place in approaches to the teaching of research methodology courses in this field and to map out new directions, focusing on methodologies that are best attuned to research on linguistic diversity in the late modern era.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Teresa Wendler (t.wendler@bham.ac.uk). For further information please get in touch with the conference organisers: Marilyn Martin-Jones (m.martinjones@bham.ac.uk) and Deirdre Martin (d.m.martin@bham.ac.uk). Places are limited so early registration is advised.

For more information about the project, go to the project website.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The English Language in Teaching in European Higher Education

Copenhagen logo19 – 21 April 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark
organised by the University of Copenhagen

This conference will be the third in a series of conferences of the Leverhulme Trust-funded research network: English in Europe: Opportunity or Threat? The theme of the conference is “The English Language in Teaching in European Higher Education”. The organisers invite papers on all topics relating to this theme. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Ideologies of English in higher education
  • Language policy in higher education
  • English medium instruction in higher education
  • Consequences of English medium instruction for local languages
  • Parallellingualism and multilingualism in higher education
  • English as an academic lingua franca
  • Content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
  • English for academic purposes (EAP)
  • English language testing in higher education

Keynote speakers (confirmed):
Robert Phillipson, Professor Emeritus, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Francis Hult, Associate Professor, Lund University
Glenn Ole Hellekjær, Associate Professor, University of Oslo

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 January 2013

To learn more, go to the conference website.

First Call for Papers: 9th Annual BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG Conference

The BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group will hold its 9th Annual Conference 4-5 July, 2013 on the topic of “Linking teaching to learning in language education”

The event will be hosted by St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham – www.smuc.ac.uk

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Professor Zoltan Dornyei, University of Nottingham
Professor Rod Ellis, University of Auckland
Dr. Leila Ranta, University of Alberta
Professor Jill Wigglesworth, University of Melbourne

Research into the nature of language teaching and learning continues to be a very active field of inquiry with widely differing perspectives, from that of exploring learning as a matter of how the human mind processes language data, to that of situating language learning inside its individual, social and cultural contexts.

The organisers invite contributions from all points on this continuum to encourage discussion of how language teaching can exploit social contexts on the one hand, and cognitive capacities and restraints on the other to create optimal opportunities for developing proficiency in a second language.

First call for papers:

Papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcomed. Please send title and 250-word proposals for these by Sunday March 17th to:
Jessica Jeske
St Mary’s University College
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
London
TW1 4SX
jessica.jeske@smuc.ac.uk

Conference registration will open in the spring of 2013.

General enquiries to Professor Pauline Foster (pauline.foster@smuc.ac.uk).

Click here for more information on previous conferences.