[lg policy] Call for participation, thematic session, SS19: Re-thinking language policy and practice in urban education: the example of France.
Dr. Florence Bonacina-Pugh
florence at LING.ED.AC.UK
Tue Jan 17 18:29:51 UTC 2012
Please find below a call for participation to a thematic session in
the next Sociolinguistics Symposium in Berlin:
Re-thinking language policy and practice in urban education: the
example of France.
Since a recent move towards ethnographic approaches to language policy
research (see for instance Johnson, 2009; McCarty, 2011), language
practices occupy a central place in language policy studies. This is
all the more true in studies focusing on language-in-education
policies. In studying actual language practices, researchers have
shown that language-in-education policies can be negotiated on the
ground (see for instance Hélot and Laoire, 2011; Menken and Garcia,
2010) and that new language policies can emerge in praxis (see for
instance Bonacina, Forthcoming; Spolsky, 2004).
This thematic session aims to provide a space for exploring the
relationship between language policy and practice, focusing on the
specific context of urban education. Given that modern cities are
often characterised by a multilingual and multicultural ecology, the
question arises as to how this urban ecology shape, on the one hand,
language-in-education policies and practices and, on the other, our
thinking of policy and practice.
The discussion will be mainly grounded in the example of France, where
?language management? (Spolsky, 2009) is overtly French monolingual
while pupils? linguistic repertoire is increasingly multilingual. The
French example will be used as a point of departure for a broader
discussion of language policy and practice in urban education. Some of
the questions discussed will include:
? What are the recent language-in-education policy issues in urban
France? And how can they be articulated with the wider issues observed
in other urban educational contexts?
? How do these issues contribute to the ongoing discussion about the
relationship between policy and practice in the field of language
? How are educational language policies and practices shaped by the
multilingual and multicultural ecology of French cities? And cities
We invite contributions that engage with the main topic of this
session. We especially welcome contributions adopting ethnographic
and/or discourse analytic approaches to the study of language policy
and practice in order to highlight ?the grass-roots nature of LPP
[language planning and policy] as it is realised in everyday social
practice? (McCarty, 2011: 5).
Dr. Florence Bonacina-Pugh (florencebonacina at gmail.com)
Professor Christine Helot (christine.helot at gmail.com)
Professor Teresa McCarty
31 january 2012
Dr. Florence Bonacina-Pugh
The University of Edinburgh
Linguistics and English Language
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
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