[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Trilingual (Minority Language/Mandarin/English) Conference in China

Kirk R. Person kirk_person at sil.org
Fri Oct 17 02:03:18 UTC 2014

“International Symposium on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in China.”
28-30 November 2014
The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Societies have become increasingly multilingual/multicultural, and thus multilingual education is key to inclusive development. Up till the end of the twentieth century, discussions on bilingualism and models of bilingual education had predominantly remained in the domain of language education for China’s minority groups. Since the turn of the century, however, this situation has drastically changed. There has been a rapid increase of research and literature that deal with not only bilingualism but also trilingualism and multilingualism. Diverse forms of bi-, tri-, or multi-lingual education have mushroomed not only in minority regions but all over the country. This increase was largely attributed to the spread of English throughout the world including China. In most provinces and areas where the majority Han group dominate, researchers and scholars have turned their attention from English as a foreign language teaching to English-Chinese bilingualism and bilingual education. In minority regions, while discussions about bilingualism and bilingual education continue, there has been a speedy rise of research and scholarship in trilingual education and trilingualism in ethnic minority home language (L1), Mandarin Chinese (L2), and English (L3). Adding to this are debates on dialectological issues in language education.
This symposium is focused on language provisions for minority groups in China, but it also aims to bring researchers and scholars in these three closely-related fields together to discuss and juxtapose theories, models and challenges in bi-, tri-, or multi-lingual education.
·         To discuss and adopt a common definition of multilingualism and multilingual education and enhance understanding of the characteristics in the Chinese context;
·         To determine the factors that enable effective, efficient and sustainable multilingual education by sharing lessons learned and challenges in multilingual education practice;
·         To share ideas in research and to discuss methodological issues in this area;
·         To launch a book titled Trilingualism in Education in China: Models and Challenges by Springer (edited by Anwei Feng and Bob Adamson).
·         To launch the Society for Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in China (to be affiliated to the International Association for Multilingual Education registered in Hong Kong).
·         Theories for Multilingualism and Multilingual Education Research and Practice
·         Practical Models and Issues/Challenges
·         Curriculum Development for Multilingual Education
·         Trilingual/Multilingual Teacher Training
·         Material Development for Multilingual Education
·         Third Language Acquisition
·         Ethno-linguistic vitality studies
·         Ethnicity and national identity
·         Research methodology
·         Social equality
·         Projects relevant to multilingualism and multilingual education
·         Projects at various stages (presentations by junior researchers and doctorate students are welcome)

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