[MLE] International Conf-Language Education & Diversity-Nov 2007-New Zealand

Dear Interest group,
The below conference might be of interest to several of us.

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2nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity
LED 2007, 21-24 November 2007 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
"This international conference focuses on the impact of increased cultural linguistic diversity, at both national and supernational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy and practice of language education. As such, the conference will provide an international forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical debate, on the often-complex interconnections between diversity and language education.

The conference is the 2nd of its kind. The 1st LED conference, held in November 2003 at the University of Waikato, attracted 500 delegates, from over 30 countries, and included key academics and policy makers in the language and education field. The conference was widely regarded as an academic and organisational tour de force and the 2nd LED conference has been organised as a direct response to ongoing and widespread demand for a follow up conference.

As with LED 2003, LED 2007 will focus on language and education, with particular reference to addressing/accommodating diversity. Within this broad focus, there will be specific streams on:
  • English language education
  • Literacy education (including school-, adult- and multi-literacies)
  • Language education planning and policy
  • Bilingual/immersion education"
We welcome proposals for papers, colloquia and poster sessions.

How to Submit Abstracts are to be submitted online. Submissions open 3 July 2006
Submission Deadline Date Final date for receipt of abstracts is 30 April 2007.

Keynote Speakers:

Suresh Canagarajah is Professor of English at the City University of New York. He taught ESL and literature in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, before his current appointment. He is the editor of the TESOL Quarterly.
Jim Cummins teaches in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, University of Toronto. His research focuses on the challenges and opportunities of teaching in classrooms where cultural and linguistic diversity is the norm.

Ofelia GarcĂ­a is Professor at Columbia University´s Teachers College in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies. She co-directs the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, with JoAnne Kleifgen. (Diane Wroge had positive interaction with her at a conference in New York in 1999.)

Hilary Janks  is a professor in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and an adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. Her teaching and research are in the areas of language education in multilingual classrooms, language policy and critical literacy. (Yasuko Nagai and Glenys Waters had positive interaction with her at a conference in Australia.)

Allan Luke is Foundation Dean, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The Centre is the largest funded educational research Centre in the Asia-Pacific.

Teresa L. McCarty is the Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education Policy Studies at Arizona State University.  She's an educational anthropologist and has published widely on American Indian education, Indigenous language planning and policy, and ethnographic methods in education.

Bernard Spolsky Born in New Zealand in 1932, was educated at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He taught at McGill University, Indiana University, the University of New Mexico and Bar-Ilan University, retiring in 2000. (Wrote a positive review of a published article by Dennis Malone).

Abstracts open 3 July 2006, due 30 April 2007.