[Edling] Summer School: Second Language Learning in School and in the Workplace

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Tue Jun 23 19:44:39 UTC 2015

MultiLing Summer School

Dates: 07-11 September 2015
Location: Oslo, Norway

Second language learning in school and in the workplace
Instructors: Jim Cummins and Lynda Yates

Outline of the course:

Jim Cummins: Multilingualism in Education: Research, Theory and Policies

The course will examine a broad range of issues relating to bi/multilingual development among school-aged students, focusing on achievement in the school language(s), maintenance of home languages in cases where there is a home-school language switch, and instructional policies and practices that promote awareness of language, strong literacy development, and healthy personal and social identities.

The specific topics that will be addressed are outlined below:

- Session 1.  Basic Principles and Controversial Constructs
- Session 2. The Achievement of Immigrant-Background Students: PISA and Beyond
- Session 3. Societal Power Relations and Academic Achievement in Multilingual Contexts
- Session 4. "Identity Texts" as a Pedagogical Tool in Multilingual Educational Contexts
- Session 5.  Multilingualism and Educational Achievement: A Synthesis of Evidence-Based Strategies for School Improvement

Lynda Yates: Adult L2 Learning and Use in the Workplace

The central aim of this course is to explore the communicative challenges for transnationals working in a later-learned language and how they can develop the sophisticated skills they often need to flourish there.

It will begin with a brief overview of what constitutes workplace language, language use in different kinds of workplaces and the various research approaches that have been used to investigate it. Attention will then turn to the pressures and challenges facing transnationals, immigrants and other L2/L3 language users as they seek and take up employment in a later-learned language. Focusing in particular on the pragmatic aspects of interpersonal spoken competence and drawing on several recent empirical studies, the lectures will explore what they need to learn for the workplace and what they can learn in the workplace in relation to:

- the influence of sociopragmatic values on the pragmalinguistic realisation of different functions at work;
- the role of social language at work and the challenges this presents;
- approaches to instruction in both courses preparing learners for and those supporting them in the workplace
- the autonomous language learning skills that adult learners need for on-the-job language learning in the wild

Tuition: 0 USD

Registration deadline: 10-Aug-2015

Host Institution: University of Oslo
Coordinating Institution: Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing)

Minimum Education Level: MA

Special Qualifications: Participants are required to be enrolled in a PhD program.

Contact Person: Jan Svennevig
              Email: jan.svennevig at iln.uio.no<mailto:jan.svennevig at iln.uio.no>

More information about the course and link to registration page:


Best regards,

Jan Svennevig

Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1102 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo
Tel. +47 22 85 61 48, Cell: +47 98 67 10 92
Personal web page: http://www.hf.uio.no/multiling/english/people/core-group/jansv/index.html

MultiLing research center: http://www.hf.uio.no/multiling/english/

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