[ACLA-CAAL] FW: Online Symposium - Language Education and Multilingualism

Wernicke, Meike meike.wernicke at ubc.ca
Thu Jul 2 00:32:25 UTC 2020

[apologies for cross-posting]

3 – 4 December 2020
Online Symposium of the German Research Cluster
Language Education and Multilingualism
Location: Zoom

Dear colleagues and friends,
From 2013-2020 the research cluster Language Education and Multilingualism aimed to increase knowledge about language development and learning under the multilingual conditions of a migration society. Following the United States and Saudi Arabia, Germany is the country with the third highest number of international migrants. An increasing number of young people thus grow up speaking a language other than or alongside German in their families. Moreover, all young people in this globalized society are expected to acquire foreign-language skills in education. So, what are the consequences of multilingualism for development, education, and skills?
Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the 21 projects of the cluster have focused on fundamental questions concerning multilingualism as a resource for learning, and have tested the effectiveness of their research findings in educational practice.
On 3-4 December, we plan to share internationally the design and research results of the projects, and to discuss the implications of these findings for multilingual development.

You can look forward to presentations on the following topics:

•  The integration of multilingualism in preschool education

•  Professional support for teachers of heterogeneous learner groups

•  Multilingualism as a cognitive resource in foreign-language acquisition

•  Fostering multilingualism for regular subject (i.e. non-language) learning

•  The interrelation between writing skills in the L1 and L2 of bilingual pupils

•  Intercultural school development

•  Longitudinal observations on bi- and multilingual development in education

We will send a link for registration as well as the full symposium program (including presentations titles, presenter names & times) in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read more about the research cluster here: http://www.kombi-hamburg.de/index.html?lang=en.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference hosts:
The Coordination Office for Multilingualism and Language Education
(aka KoMBi)
Prof. Ingrid Gogolin, Antje Hansen, Dr. Sarah McMonagle
Faculty of Education, University of Hamburg, Germany
Email: kombi at uni-hamburg.de<mailto:kombi at uni-hamburg.de>
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