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Anéla Najaarsstudiedag 2019: Multilingualism in education and society: asset or apple of discord?
Every year Anéla organizes a conference where members and other interested parties meet and present research on a specific topic. This year’s conference takes place on Friday October 18th at the Hogeschool Utrecht (HU). The conference is organized by the HU research groups Foreign Language Education, Literacy, and Deaf Studies.
The conference theme is ‘Multilingualism in education and society: asset or apple of discord?’, which covers topics related to (e.g.) language use, language education, language policy, and language attitudes. This theme is not free from value judgement, as shown, for example, by reactions to the KNAW report ‘Talen voor Nederland’ [Languages for the Netherlands], concerns about the Anglicization of Dutch higher education, and the current strain on Dutch as a school and academic subject. At the same time, we experience a growing openness towards and valorization of multilingualism in different educational contexts, and an increasing number of schools offering bilingual programs. How and where could the field of applied linguistics contribute to these issues?
The broad spectrum of possible perspectives on multilingualism is reflected in the conference program, including program strands on, for example:
- Multilingual acquisition
- (Educational) language policy
- Multilingual awareness in (foreign) language teaching
BECAUSE OF OVERWHELMING INTEREST YOU WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST FROM 1 OCTOBER ONWARDS; PLEASE WAIT WITH PAYING UNTIL WE HAVE CONFIRMED YOUR REGISTRATION! In the meantime we do everything to be able to welcome everyone.
Registration is possible until October 7th 2019. For students there is a reduced fee of €5. You can register here.
Rick de Graaff (HU/UU), Maaike Hajer (HU), and Catherine van Beuningen (HU/HvA).