[lg policy] call: International Conference: Language Policy and Language Teaching

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 25 16:19:51 UTC 2012

International Conference: Language Policy and Language Teaching

Date: 18-Apr-2012 - 20-Apr-2012
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Contact Person: Dr. Janina Cünnen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.sli-konferenz-mehrsprachigkeit.de/index.php?&L=4

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

The Language Teaching Centre (SLI) in the Faculty of Philology will
hold a conference from April 18 - 20, 2012 entitled 'Multilingualism
in Society, the World of Work, and Politics. New Challenges for
Teaching at Institutes of Higher Education/Universities'.

This year, the discussion concerning multilingualism is to focus on
the areas of 'the economy', 'the employment market' and 'integration'.

Using analysis and discussion, the conference aims to shed light on
the challenges involved in multilingualism policies and their
implementation in the EU and its institutions. A further goal is to
examine the intercultural aspects that impact upon the realization of
such policies. Special emphasis will be paid to the role intercultural
aspects play in the heterogeneously comprised lecture rooms at
colleges and universities. Closely connected to this is the question
of the purpose and quality of study paths that are offered and occur
in a foreign language. Particularly at German institutions of higher
learning, English is most often the language of choice. Among the
issues to be considered here are: what language barriers must
instructors and students overcome during class or in advising sessions
or working groups? What level of language proficiency is needed in
order to competently convey and understand course content? What
standards apply, for example, when selecting 'the right' English to be
used in the learning environment, or which pronunciation rules can,
will, or must be adhered to in class?

Plenary lectures and a podium discussion will be used to generate
ideas and provide an introduction to the key topics. Presentations
given in the framework of the various sections will examine selected
aspects of the key topics more intensively and provide opportunities
for more thorough analysis and discussion.

In addition to developing new perspectives and conclusions, a further
intention is to continue the academic discussion which began during
the 2010 conference and pool the results of both conferences.

Publication (paper or online) of a follow-up work containing the
results and papers from the 2010 and 2012 conferences is planned.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts should have a maximum length of 300 words. Please submit
your abstracts in two languages (optional: English/French,
English/German or German/French). Please make sure to include your
name and the section title on your paper.

Abstracts for presentations and lectures can be submitted until
January 31, 2012 under the email address:
konferenzsli.uni-freiburg.de. The deadline for submitting abstracts
for poster presentations is February 29, 2012.


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