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The “Multilingual Childhoods” research conference in Norway

The conference “Multilingual childhoods” took place at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education in Hamar May 15-16 2019 and gathered approx. 70 participants from around 17 different countries and 4 different continents. Both the conference and pre-conference event became a success.

The pre-conference event, a doctoral symposium, provided 11 PhD students working in areas of language, literacy and literature in multilingual early childhood education contexts a unique opportunity to interact with experienced researchers in the field.

The SIG convenors (Alstad and Mourão) will edit a special issue on multilingualism in ECEC contexts in the journal EECERA with articles based on some of the conference papers.

A detailed overview of the academic program can be found on the conference websites: https://eng.inn.no/project-sites/multilingual-childhoods-education-policy-and-practice/conference-program-multilingual-childhoods

Early Language Learning: Multiple perspectives – Diverse voices

Please note that the deadline for abstracts for the ELL conference 2018 has been extended until December 15, 2017.

For further details, please visit: http://vigdis.hi.is/early_language_learning_conference_2018.

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Early Language Learning: Multiple perspectives – Diverse voices
June 13-15, 2018. Reykjavik, Iceland

The School of Education, University of Iceland and the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages are pleased to announce the third international conference on Early Language Learning which will be held in Reykjavík on June 13-15, 2018.

The conference will focus on early second and foreign language learning in preschool and primary education contexts across the globe. With this conference we hope to provide opportunities for colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds (e.g., researchers, teachers, policy makers) to establish links and expand the work in the fields of multilingualism, linguistic diversity and early language learning. The conference language is English.

We invite the submission of abstracts on any research- or practice-oriented topic relating to the learning of foreign, second or additional languages by learners of primary school age or younger (ages 3-12). Topics relating to younger or older learners (up to age 15) will also be considered.

We welcome proposals for individual papers, colloquia and posters. Abstracts for all types of presentations should be no more than 350 words, written in English and include the following:

  • Name and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  • Email address
  • Title of the presentation (max. 20 words).
  • Abstract: aims of the study, theoretical underpinning, methodology, main findings and discussion, implications for practice/policy and references (if included).

Abstract submission extended deadline: December 15, 2017

See http://vigdis.hi.is/ell_call_for_papers for further information.

EECERA conference 2018

As in previous years, the EECERA Multilingual Childhoods SIG would like to organise one or more symposia at the annual EECERA 2018  conference in Budapest 28-31 August, 2018 – the theme this year is Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities –  http://www.eecera2018.org/ 

If you would like to be part of a symposium related to multilingualism in early childhood education, please email Gunhild Alstad [gunhild.alstad@inn.no] with a title and 250-word abstract by 1 February 2018, so that the symposium can be prepared in time for the proposal deadline, which is at the end of February. You are also encouraged to organise your own symposia, but do let us know about it so we can include it in the SIG publicity information.

Don’t forget, the Multilingual Childhoods SIG will be planning a pre-conference session on Monday afternoon, 27 August, so include this day in your travel plans!

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully to meeting colleagues in Budapest in August 2018

Early Language Learning Conference update

Early Language Learning: Multiple perspectives – Diverse voices

June 13-15, 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and the School of Education, University of Iceland are pleased to announce the third international conference on Early Language Learning 2018.

The conference website for the Early Language Learning Conference is now up and running: http://vigdis.hi.is/early_language_learning_conference_2018

Please note that the deadline for online abstract submissions is December 1, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Announcement

Early Language Learning: Multiple perspectives – Diverse voices

June 13-15, 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and the School of Education, University of Iceland are pleased to announce the third international conference on Early Language Learning 2018.

In association with the AILA Research Network on Early Language Learning, we would like to invite you to experience the ‘bright nights’ of Reykjavík and to explore and discuss issues surrounding multilingualism and young language learners. The conference will focus on early second and foreign language learning in preschool and primary education contexts across the globe. With this conference we hope to provide opportunities for colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds (e.g., researchers, teachers, policy makers) to establish links and expand the work in the fields of multilingualism, linguistic diversity and early language learning.

Conveners and organizing committee: Samúel Lefever, University of Iceland; Hanna Ragnarsdóttir, University of Iceland; Fríða Jónsdóttir, City of Reykjavík; Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, University of Iceland ; Kristín Erla Harðardóttir, University of Iceland

The organizing committee of the ELL Conference 2018 invites the submission of abstracts on any research or teaching-oriented topic relating to the learning of a foreign, second or additional languages by learners of primary school age or younger (ages 3-12). Topics relating to younger or older learners (up to age 15) will also be considered.

Submissions are invited for paper, colloquia or poster presentations. Paper presentations are allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Designated times will be scheduled for poster presentations. Colloquia will be allowed 60-90 minutes. Colloquia proposals should be submitted by a chair on behalf of 3-5 presenters. The proposal should include an introduction of no more than 100 words followed by abstracts of each contribution. Abstracts for all types of presentations should be no more than 350 words and include the following:

  •   Name and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  •   Email address
  •   Title of the presentation (max. 20 words).
  •   Abstract: aims of the study, theoretical underpinning, methodology, main findings and discussion, implications for practice/policy and references (if included).

The total number of presentations per participant (as individual or co-presenter) should be no more than two, including a combination of oral presentation and/or poster presentation.

Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017

Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2018

Further information regarding online submission and registration will be made available on the conference website by October 10, 2017.

Contact: infovigdis@hi.is

 

EECERA pre-conference meeting 2017: Theoretical aspects of multilingualism in early childhood education

Dear members and associated members of the EECERA SIG Multilingual Childhoods,

We are happy to announce the Multilingual Childhoods pre-conference event of EECERA 2017. The format this year is a seminar/workshop on the topic “theoretical aspects of multilingualism in early childhood education”. The overall purpose for this seminar is to discuss theoretical issues in multilingualism in general and in ECEC in particular, and relevant issues to elaborate might be “what is ‘language’ in multilingual ECE contexts”. How is “language” defined, and on what epistemological and ontological grounds?

The following 3 articles will be given a short introduction (5 minutes), and then discussed by all the participants:

  • Garcia, O. & Wei, L. (2013). Translanguaging. Language, bilingualism and education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Part 1, chapter 1, pp. 5-18). (Introduction by Professor Mila Schwartz, Israel)
  • Makoni, S. & Pennycook, A. (2007). Disinventing and reconstituting languages. I S. Makoni & A. Pennycook (Red.), Disinventing and reconstituting languages (s. 1-41). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (Introduction by Associate Professor Carola Kleemann, Norway)
  • Puskás, T. & Björk-Willén, P. (2017). Dilemmatic aspects of language policies in a trilingual preschool group Multilingua. (Introduction by Polly Björk-Willén, Sweden)

All participants are expected to have read the papers in advance.

 

Chair: Gunhild T. Alstad, Norway

 

Where? At the conference venue – University of Bologna, Italy.

When? August 29th, from 2 pm – 5pm

Price? No additional cost – it’s included in the EECERA conference fee

Do I have to be an ECCERA member to attend? No.

Registration? Please register for the preconference event by sending an email to Gunhild Alstad: gunhild.alstad@inn.no no later than the 25th of August. We are happy to distribute the articles as soon as you have registered for the preconference event.  You will need to register for the EECERA conference as usual.

A warm welcome to the “Multilingual Childhoods” SIG seminar 29 August in Bologna!

 

Best regards,

Gunhild and Sandie