The 9th International Language and Development conference on Language and Social Cohesion

DAVID M. BALOSA dmb65 at
Wed Jun 1 04:36:14 UTC 2011

           Language and Social Cohesion, 17 – 19 Oct 2011        



The 9th International Language and Development conference on Language and
Social Cohesion
 will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 17 – 19 October 2011. It is 
organised and hosted by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the British 
Council’s Project English, the Ministry of National Languages and Social
 Integration and the Ministry of Education. Please go to the conference 
website <> for full information about
the conference.

The conference will provide a forum for discussing learning and 
innovation in the area of language and social cohesion and will build 
towards a collective outcome in a participatory way. As well as key note
 addresses, there will be parallel sessions, workshops, cross-cultural 
performance events, panel discussions and a publication of selected 
conference papers. 

During the conference, language and social cohesion will be explored through
the sub themes of 

•	Language policy - language rights, language policy within donor
organizations,  English as a link language

•	Language and identity – mono, bi and multilingualism, national and local
languages, world languages

•	Language and economic development – language for employability,
management,  social mobility and the global economy;

•	Language and education – social integration through curricula and
teaching materials; language pedagogy

•	Language and the arts – language fusion and inclusion in performing and
fine arts

Language and Social Cohesion conference organising committee

Psyche Kennett – Team Leader, GTZ Performance Improvement Project

Paul Hilder – Deputy Director, British Council Sri Lanka

Alison Barrett - Head of State Partnerships, British Council India

Malkanthi Wickramasinghe – Secretary, Ministry of National Languages and
Social Integration, Sri Lanka

Anura Dissanayake  – Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka



David M. Balosa
ESL Instructor
Tel. 215-881-7401
Fax. 215-881-7412
Penn State University, Abington
1600 Woodland Road,
 Abington, PA 19007
dmb65 at

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