The Guardian has reported this week on research suggesting that speaking more than one language brings many health benefits, including faster recovery from strokes and delayed onset of dementia. To read the article, visit the Guardian website.
Don’t forget to register for your place at the LLAS/UCML/AULC ‘Languages in Higher Education’ conference, on the theme of ‘Frameworks for Collaboration and Multilingualism’, before the registration deadline of Thursday 30th June 2016!
The conference will take place at the University of Warwick on 6-7 July 2016, and aims to bring together language practitioners from Secondary, Higher and Further Education to celebrate language collaborations and innovations across the sector.
For further information about the conference, including details of keynote speakers and the draft programme, please visit the conference website.
The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 9th March 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Post Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Linguistic Creativity’ and will be led by Li Wei from UCL Institute of Education. All welcome!
Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This talk looks at examples of translanguaging practices in complementary schools for minority ethnic children in the UK, multi-modality linguistic practices by multilingual speakers, and New Chinglish from a Post-Multilingualism perspective. The aim is to develop an approach which helps us to better understand the processes as well as the consequences of dynamic and fluid interactions between, across and beyond languages on social relations, social structures and individual’s social cognition.
The call for papers for the 8th biennial joint LLAS, UCML and AULC conference is now open. The event, entitled ‘Frameworks for Collaboration and Multilingualism’ will take place at the University of Warwick on 6-7 July 2016. The conference aims to bring together language practitioners from Secondary, Higher, and Further Education to celebrate language collaborations and innovations across the sector.
For further information about the conference, or to find out how to submit a paper under one of the conference themes, please visit the conference website. Abstracts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 4th March 2016.
For some interesting reflections on multilingualism, particularly from a perspective of multilingual children, visit this blog entitled ‘Being Multilingual’ by freelance linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira.
International Mother Language Day will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this Saturday, 21 February. This event, first announced by UNESCO in 1999, aims to increase awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism around the world.
Why not mark this event by tweeting in your mother tongue language to help promote and celebrate language diversity online? To find out more about International Mother Language Day, visit the UNESCO website.
Parents, teachers or anyone involved or interested in multilingualism can help evaluate resources being created to help families, educators and stakeholders raise children multilingually. This EU-funded “Multilingual Families” project is targeted at preserving the languages and culture of immigrants and the many families with parents with more than one language.
Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton will be holding a one-day cultural event on Saturday 29th March 2014, entitled, ‘Local Voices: Southampton Lives and Languages’. This study day will consist of a series of short talks led by experts from within Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, and will explore multilingualism in Southampton, providing an opportunity for participants to learn and engage in discussion about the voices of Southampton from academics of international distinction.
The United Nations has launched an essay contest for college and university students in which students are asked to write an essay in one of its six official languages on the role of multilingualism in a globalised world.
The next ELF ReN workshop will be taking place at the University of Southampton Avenue Campus on 7th and 8th November 2013. The workshop is entitled “ELF and multilingual practices in professional contexts” and aims to encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary exchanges on the phenomenon of super-diversity in ELF professional contexts.