[lg policy] Workshop: Multilingualism and Literacy

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Sat Jul 21 14:40:04 UTC 2012

Workshop: Multilingualism and Literacy

Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact Person: Andrea Schalley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cil19.org/en/workshops/multilingualism-and-literacy/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language
Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

One of the visible aspects of globalisation and politico-economic
upheavals in the third millennium is the increased mobility of
populations, resulting in children growing up with, and adults being
exposed to, a variety of languages. Ensuing are linguistic systems
that display a range of proficiency levels across the four
macroskills, namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Usually
it is the reading and writing skills for one or all the languages
spoken by multilinguals that lag behind - or in some cases are never
developed. This workshop will explore the impact of multilingualism on
literacy development of both children and adults. In particular, we
will focus on whether, and if so how, literacy skills or the lack
thereof in one language impact on the development of literacy in the
other language(s) and on cognitive skills more generally.

Workshop Organisers:

Susana Eisenchlas
Diana Guillemin
Andrea Schalley

The workshop is organised as part of the International Congress of
Linguists to be held in Geneva July 22-27, 2013.

ICL website: http://www.cil19.org/en/

2nd Call for Papers:

Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

The acquisition of multiple literacies by multilinguals:

- Cognitive processes
- Pathways and best practice
- Challenges
- Outcomes and implications

The cost of illiteracy in the home or heritage language, specifically
in the following domains:

- Cognitive
- Academic
- Social
- Economic
- Identity formation, well-being, and health

Specific populations, e.g.:

- Emergent literacy in multilingual children
- Literacy and emergent second language acquisition (i.e. in
sequential multilingualism)
- Literacy and multilingualism in children with interrupted schooling
- Acquisition of literacy in the language of schooling or work in the
absence of literacy in the home language

[Note: For the purposes of this workshop, multilingualism in
particular comprises bilingualism.]


We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for presentation at the
workshop. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please remove all
author information from the abstract. Please send your abstract via
email to s.eisenchlas(at)griffith.edu(dot)au by 15 August 2012.

Presentations consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by 10
minutes for discussion.

Program Committee:

Viv Edwards, University of Reading, UK
Susana Eisenchlas, Griffith University, Australia
Fred Genesee, McGill University, Canada
Diana Guillemin, Griffith University, Australia
Paul Leseman, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
David C.S. Li, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Rahat Naqvi, University of Calgary, Canada
Laura Ann Petitto, Gallaudet University, USA
Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University, Australia
Andrea Schalley, Griffith University, Australia


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