[EDLING:1639] International Conf-Language Education & Diversity-Nov 2007-New Zealand

Cynthia Groff cgroff at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jun 1 05:25:23 UTC 2006

Conference Website: 

2nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity

LED 2007, 21-24 November 2007 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New 

"This international conference focuses on the impact of increased cultural 
linguistic diversity, at both national and supernational levels, and its 
consequences for the theory, policy and practice of language education. As 
such, the conference will provide an international forum that brings together 
the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical debate, on 
the often-complex interconnections between diversity and language education.
The conference is the 2nd of its kind. The 1st LED conference, held in 
November 2003 at the University of Waikato, attracted 500 delegates, from over 
30 countries, and included key academics and policy makers in the language and 
education field. The conference was widely regarded as an academic and 
organisational tour de force and the 2nd LED conference has been organised as 
a direct response to ongoing and widespread demand for a follow up conference.

As with LED 2003, LED 2007 will focus on language and education, with 
particular reference to addressing/accommodating diversity. Within this broad 
focus, there will be specific streams on:

*        English language education 
*        Literacy education (including school-, adult- and multi-literacies) 
*        Language education planning and policy 
*        Bilingual/immersion education"

We welcome proposals for papers, colloquia and poster sessions.

How to Submit
Abstracts are to be submitted online. Submissions open 3 July 2006.  

Submission Deadline Date
Final date for receipt of abstracts is 30 April 2007.
Keynote Speakers:

Suresh Canagarajah is Professor of English at the City University of New York. 
He taught ESL and literature in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, before his current 
appointment. He is the editor of the TESOL Quarterly.

Jim Cummins teaches in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, 
OISE, University of Toronto. His research focuses on the challenges and 
opportunities of teaching in classrooms where cultural and linguistic 
diversity is the norm.

Ofelia García is Professor at Columbia University´s Teachers College in the 
Department of International and Transcultural Studies. She co-directs the 
Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, with JoAnne Kleifgen. (Diane 
Wroge had positive interaction with her at a conference in New York in 1999.)

Hilary Janks  is a professor in the School of Education at the University of 
the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and an adjunct Professor at the 
University of South Australia. Her teaching and research are in the areas of 
language education in multilingual classrooms, language policy and critical 
literacy. (Yasuko Nagai and Glenys Waters had positive interaction with her at 
a conference in Australia.)

Allan Luke is Foundation Dean, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, 
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 
The Centre is the largest funded educational research Centre in the Asia-

Teresa L. McCarty is the Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education Policy 
Studies at Arizona State University.  She's an educational anthropologist and 
has published widely on American Indian education, Indigenous language 
planning and policy, and ethnographic methods in education. 

Bernard Spolsky Born in New Zealand in 1932, was educated at Victoria 
University in Wellington, New Zealand. He taught at McGill University, Indiana 
University, the University of New Mexico and Bar-Ilan University, retiring in 
2000. (Wrote a positive review of a published article by Dennis Malone).

Abstracts open 3 July 2006, due 30 April 2007.

Cynthia Groff
University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

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