[lg policy] CFP: Charting Multilingual Confluences within Education

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 13 21:30:03 UTC 2010

Forwarded From:  edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Via Linganth...

Please contact Eric Johnson (ejj at tricity.wsu.edu) for further information.

Charting Multilingual Confluences within Education

Building on the "Circulation" theme for the 2010 AAA meetings, the committee
on Multicultural and Multilingual Education within the Council on
Anthropology & Education would like to invite presentation proposals to be
considered for participation on an "Invited" session panel.  The general aim
of this panel is to emphasize the multifaceted and dynamic nature of
language within contexts surrounding education.  The following questions
represent potential avenues of inquiry for this session:

1.      How do languages co-exist and circulate within a classroom, school,
or district?

2.      Are languages viewed in terms of a hierarchy by educators and
students?  Is this hierarchy static, or does the prestige of languages
oscillate over time?

3.       What causes the superordination or subordination of languages
within a schooling context?

4.       How are languages and education linked to socioeconomic mobility?

5.       What policies are set in place to either facilitate or impede the
flow of multilingualism in the classroom/school/community?

6.      How do education language policies affect the transmission of
languages and cultures in the broader community?

7.      How are language practices in the classroom shaped and channeled by
larger socio-ideological forces?

8.       How do language programs conform to their geographic resources in
study abroad contexts?

9.      How do students' perceptions of their instructors change as they
shift between teachers who are native and non-native speakers of the target

10.  In what ways does the (ineffective) structure of K-12 foreign-language
education in the US relate to a deficit perception toward second language
learners of English in American schools?

While these questions sketch out a broad structure for the panel,
alternative perspectives of the relationship between language and education
are also encouraged.  If you are interested in participating on this panel,
please submit a 300 word abstract to Eric Johnson (ejj at tricity.wsu.edu) by
February 15, 2010.  Abstracts should include the author's name,
institutional affiliation, and contact information.  Participants will also
have the opportunity to assist in the development of the final session
proposal to ensure the strongest possible submission.  Feel free to contact
Eric Johnson with any questions.

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