29.2962, Calls: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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LINGUIST List: Vol-29-2962. Thu Jul 19 2018. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 29.2962, Calls: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:36:30
From: Esli Struys [estruys at vub.be]
Subject: Language Policy and Multilingual Education in a Sub-Saharan Country: The Case of Cameroon

 
Full Title: Language Policy and Multilingual Education in a Sub-Saharan Country: the Case of Cameroon 

Date: 07-Dec-2018 - 07-Dec-2018
Location: Brussels, Belgium 
Contact Person: Esli Struys
Meeting Email: estruys at vub.be

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 17-Sep-2018 

Meeting Description:

This colloquium aims to present general insights on language policy and
multilingual education based on the variety and diversity of languages found
in the country of Cameroon and their place and role in the national
educational system which is dominated by education in non-Cameroonian
languages with high prestige (English and French). The policy of
revitalisation of the Cameroonian languages has constituted a huge interest
from government authorities and researchers involved in the language teaching
sphere. The necessity to preserve the local and national culture, to avoid
language attrition and to promote Cameroonian languages and culture should be
based on approaches of language instruction that take into consideration world
globalisation and respond to the demands of a country that is open to the
world. 
The colloquium will allow for the exploration of education systems and
practices related to minority languages in a multilingual context. It will
permit to appreciate national strategies to give coherence and direction to
actions to promote multilingualism amongst individuals and in the society in
general. This colloquium is connected to sustainable development as it
highlights the importance of the use of local languages in a globalized world
to promote the acquisition of foreign languages and content in a more
efficient way.

The colloquium will discuss difficulties and relevant aspects about the
establishment of multilingual approaches with the implication of regional and
local languages at the national level. It will also give the opportunity to
see if official languages (French and English) are considered as part of
language identity and culture in addition to Cameroonian Languages.
A particular interest will be given to language management and beliefs with
regard to the national language policies and linguistic representations.
Languages’ practices based on multilingual teaching approaches to foster the
learning of official and non-official languages will constitute a relevant
pattern of the discussion.


Call for Papers:

On Dec. 7, 2018, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host a one-day
colloquium on ''Language Policy and Multilingual Education in a Sub-Saharan
Country: The Case of Cameroon''.

This colloquium aims to present general insights on language policy and
multilingual education based on the variety and diversity of languages found
in the country of Cameroon and their place and role in the national
educational system which is dominated by education in non-Cameroonian
languages with high prestige (English and French).

We welcome abstracts (300 words max.) related to the following topics:
- language policy in Sub-Saharan Africa
- language education in Sub-Saharan Africa
- sociolinguistics of Cameroon
- indigenous language education in Sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts can be sent to the following email address: 
estruys at vub.be

Scientific and organising committee: 
- Katja Lochtman
- Theodore Nzounkio Bakop
- Esli Struys




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