Texas: Feb. 13 symposium: Multilingual education policy

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Feb. 13 symposium: Multilingual education policy

*By Kris Rodriguez<https://www.utsa.edu/directory/contact/?siteID=today&e=kris.rodriguez>
Public Affairs Specialist*

(Feb. 13, 2009)--The University of Texas at San Antonio and the World
Affairs Council of San Antonio will host an International Year of Languages
(IYL) symposium at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 in the Buena Vista Theater
(1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Free and open to the public, the
symposium will include a reception, an IYL art exhibit opening and two
presentations on multilingual education policy.
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*Nancy Hornberger*, professor of education and director of educational
linguistics at University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "Multilingual
Education Policy and Practice: Ten Certainties (Grounded in Indigenous

*Josue Gonzales*, professor of educational leadership and policy studies at
Arizona State University, will discuss "A Three-Language World Poses New
Challenges for Language Policies and Language Teaching."

Hornberger will discuss how multilingual education in Bolivia was a doorway
to peaceful coexistence of indigenous and other ethnic groups. Gonzales will
address the new challenges faced by American schools because of
globalization and the need for new thinking about the role of language in

The symposium is the final event in a yearlong celebration at UTSA that has
included presentations and film screenings recognizing the International
Year of Languages. In February 2008, the United Nations General Assembly
proclaimed the International Year of Languages and asked the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to take the lead
role. In celebration of IYL, activities have been organized worldwide to
raise awareness of relationships between global linguistic diversity and
cultural heritage.

UTSA symposium sponsors are Office of the President, Provost Core Values
Initiative, College of Education and Human Development, Department of
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, Department of English, Department of
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, and Department of Modern Languages
and Literatures.

For more information, contact Frances Hult <frances.hult at utsa.edu>,
assistant professor of applied linguistics in the Department of
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, at (210) 458-2024.

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