[lg policy] South Sudan: British Council, Other Organizations to Launch Language-in-Education Conference

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 3 16:22:44 UTC 2012

South Sudan: British Council, Other Organizations to Launch
Language-in-Education Conference
By Press Release, 2 March 2012

The British Council, UNICEF and DFID are co-funding a major
international conference to take place in Juba, the capital of South
Sudan in the period 4-7 March 2012.

The main topics to be covered will include: Language policy and its
implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa; Use of mother-tongue (or 'home')
languages in education; Multilingual education and the role of English
in a globalised world; and Transitioning from mother-tongue to English
language instruction.

Plenary speakers will include: Professor Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe,
Executive Director of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN),
Professor Neville Alexander, Director of the Project for the Study of
Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) University of Cape
Town, Professor Herman Batibo, University of Botswana, Professor John
Joseph, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Adama Ouane, formerly Director
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Gary Jones, University of
Brunei, Dr. Gibson Ferguson, University of Sheffield, Dr. Barbara
Trudell, Director of Research across Africa for SIL, Ms Christine
Glanz, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Dr. John Knagg, Head
British Council Interface programmes and Dr. Rebecca Ndjoze-Ojo,
Country Director, British Council Namibia.

There will be some 80-100 conference delegates who will have the
opportunity to listen to leading academics from Africa and across the
world present the latest thinking on the design of national language
policies in relation to national transformation and economic
development. This includes implications for classroom teaching and
learning, syllabus and materials development, literacy, trainer and
teacher training and evaluation and assessment. The final day of the
conference will be dedicated to South Sudan. The delegates will have
the chance to discuss these issues at length in moderated groups and
to share experience and ideas on how best to implement national
language policies. The intention is that when delegates return to
their home countries they will have a wealth of practical suggestions
and solutions that can be applied to their own language-in-education


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