[lg policy] Bangladesh: International language and development conference —four SIL speakers

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 27 14:36:44 UTC 2009

International language and development conference—four SIL speakers

 (2009 June) Language and development: Sociocultural issues and
challenges was the theme for the Eighth International Conference on
Language and Development held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 23–25 June.
Representatives of SIL from Bangladesh and other Asian countries
presented papers and participated in various ways.

The conference theme and focus areas encompassed a broad range of
language and development topics, both international and national in
scope. They spoke to the impact of language in the development
experience which communities do or do not have. Important issues were
language policy, language learning and language teaching in the
context of the developing world. Policy makers, language and literacy
educators, development professionals and donors had opportunities to
present their perspectives.


Language, gender and development
The role of languages in national and cultural identity
Sociolinguistic issues: Challenges and opportunities
Capacity building and national development
Language and technology
Presentations by SIL speakers

Catherine Young, International Multilingual Education Consultant
working in Bangladesh: "Exploring the underlying principles of the
implementation of mother-tongue-first multilingual education as a
foundation for quality language education in the national and
international languages of education"
Greg Dekker, Linguistic Researcher: "Lessons learned about the
building blocks necessary for a successful mother-tongue education
programme: A case study in the Philippines"
Mridul Sangma, Ujjal Bikash Tripura, Jenny D'Cruze and Tury Chimic
Mrong, SIL Bangladesh Mobilisation Unit: "Sustainable development for
participation in a multilingual society"
Joseph Khakha, Zenith Mousumy Sarker and Kury Chisim, SIL Bangladesh
Technical Unit: "First language first: The key for effective basic
The conference was hosted by the British Council Bangladesh in
partnership with the Department for International Development (UK),
the University Grants Commission, Institute of Education and Research,
University of Dhaka, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

SIL International as a partnering organization

Strategic partnerships between SIL, national governments,
nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions create a
network of expertise and resources to equip members of local language
communities for leadership roles in their own language and development

As an international nongovernmental organization, SIL has special
consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC), and formal consultative relations with the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Related links of interest
Official conference Web site
Language and Millennium Development Goals
SIL and multilingual education
National language policy conference (July 2008 media release)
Language, nationhood and education policies in East Africa (June 2008
media release)
SIL participates in language policy symposium (April 2009 media release)
SIL plenary speaker at SEAMEO council conference (April 2009 media release)
Forum on multilingualism (January 2009 media release)
Multilingual education conference (July 2008 media release)
Multilingual education conference in Bangladesh (June 2007 media release)
Mother-tongue literacy in SIL
SIL literacy and education


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