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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
5th International Conference on Language and Education will start tomorrow
The 5th International Conference on Language and Education will take stock of recent developments in MLE policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region, with a special focus on multilingual education in early childhood and primary education.There will be several presentations relevant to India.
The conference will start tomorrow with opening speeches from UNESCO and the Thai government. The Keynote address will be on "Supporting MTBMLE to achieve sustainable development for all: what have we learned about successful programs?" by Dr Susan Malone (SIL International). Some of the India related presentations are:
- Prarthana Kumari (Nirantar, India) and Anita Singh (Nirantar, India), Breaking language barriers in India
- Sivagami Sivasubbu (Aide et Action International, India), Experiences of Aide et Action imparting MLE through teacher training in India
- Dwiti Vikramaditya (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), India) and Kadey Soren (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), India), India transition curriculum: a smooth transition of indigenous children from preschool to primary school, an initiative by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Odisha, India.
- Arpita Panda (English and Foreign Languages University, India), "Translanguaging": a pedagogical tool to improve reading comprehension of learners in a multilingual setting in Odisha, India
- Valerie Haugen (VoxPacis International Development) and Dhir Jhingran (Language and Learning Foundation, India), An analytical framework to inform strategic and programmatic decisions around language in education: cases from India, Lao PDR, and Papua New Guinea
- Binay Pattanayak (UNICEF India), Some steps towards MTB-MLE in Jharkhand, India
- Boneti Simhabaludu (World Vision, India), Collaborating: a key component to transform early childhood and primary education in India and a step towards achieving SDG-4
- Uma Maheshwari Chimirala (English and Foreign Languages University, India), Looking through the teachers' "other languages" use/preference: a study of the monolingual mindset in MLE classrooms in Andhra Pradesh, India
Thursday, February 4, 2016
5th International Conference on Language and Education
The International Conferences on Language and Education, which have been organized by a large group of agencies in Asia, have over the years impacted many projects in India. The 5th one will be held this year, again in Bangkok. The following announcement has been copied from the UNESCO MLE Newsletter
Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) will be organizing its 5th International Conference on Language and Education on 19-21 October 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 5th International Conference on Language and Education will take stock of recent developments in MLE policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region, with a special focus on multilingual education in early childhood and primary education.
It will likewise look at innovative pedagogies in the training of MLE teachers. Finally, it will examine challenges and lesson learned from the EFA experience and give opportunities for forward-looking discussions on both the role of language in achieving the new SDGs and preserving a harmonious relationship between the global and local contexts.
The conference features four thematic tracks.
- Track 1: Towards Sound Policies on Multilingual Education: Language and Language-in-Education Policy and Planning in Asia and the Pacific.
- Track 2: MLE Teachers and Teacher Training for MLE
- Track 3: MLE Practice/Praxis in Early Childhood and Primary Education
- Track 4: Language and Cross-Cutting Issues of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
The Call for Papers is now open and the deadline for submission is 30 March 2016.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Last week the British Council India hosted the 11th Language and Development Conference on Multilingualism and Development in Delhi.
The Statemam published this week an article with highlights of the conference Of course there was quite some attention given to the role that English plays in the sociolinguistic arena india. Prof Ajit Mohanty spoke in that regard about "a double divide: one between the elitist language of power and the major regional languages (vernaculars) and, the other, between the regional languages and the dominated indigenous languages."
While talking about the promises the parents are given while enrolling their children in private English medium schools, Giridhar Rao of Azim Premji University, "argued that it is a false promise for two reasons. The first is the poor condition of the education system in the country. ... private schools do not give better academic results compared to government schools. The second reason, according to Rao, is that the introduction and teaching of English do not emerge out of a mother-tongue-based multi-lingual education."
Relevant was also a presentations by Seemita Mohanty, National Institute of Technology, on Mother-Tongue-Based Multilingual Education in the Indian State of Odisha.. She concluded: "Even though the programme is progressing on the right track, there are still numerous issues that need to be handled at the implementation level before it can be designated a success."
Not to often we hear about the particular linguistic needs of Moslim learners. Sajida Sultana, English and Foreign Languages University, presented on Muslim Education and Multilingual Contexts: A Study of Madrasas in Hyderabad. It focused on the multi-lingual context of madrasa education and concluded that "there is a need to have a greater understanding of madrasa education and also to relate research insights into curricular innovations in the teaching of English in non-native contexts."
Many more presentation were given. The British Council website reports: "The event was the largest of the conference series so far, attracting over 260 participants and with a programme of more than sixty sessions. Over 30 countries were represented, from Afghanistan to South Africa, Bhutan to the Philippines."
Saturday, May 16, 2015
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Below is some good news from the conveners of the recent Asia MLE WG MLE Conference: the presentation videos from Jim Cummins have been uploaded. Enjoy!
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Part 1: Multilingual Education for Social Justice – From Coercive to Collaborative Relations of Power: Part 1 - IntroductionPart 2: Multilingual Education for Social Justice – From Coercive to Collaborative Relations of Power: Part 2 - Psycholinguistic PrinciplesPart 3: Multilingual Education for Social Justice – From Coercive to Collaborative Relations of Power: Part 3 - Pedagogy for Empowerment
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Just after the MLE conference in Thailand at which several people from India will participate, there will also be an MLE conference in India organised by the National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium (NMRC). The conference is titled "Whither MLE? Rethinking MultiLingual Education in the 21st century".
A quote from the Conference website:
This conference, "Whither MLE?" will therefore attempt to revisit our assumptions of a modern Global Indian state and Indian education in 21st century against the constitutional debates, the NCF2005 and the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan where MLE is implemented as an innovation program for tribal children. Can we imagine a post colonial, post modern Indian state without recognizing and building on the multilinguality of Indian and World communities? Shouldn't subaltern discourse inform the entire school education practice of India? Shouldn't all schools including the ECCE centers have a multilingual pedagogy that builds on the home languages of the children? Analysis of these issues will provide a fresh paradigm for examining the reasons for marginality of the hitherto run MLE programs in Indian schools and the inadequacy and in-egalitarian nature of the universal school education system in India. This conference will create a layered discussion on each of these issues, reflect critically on the MLE programmes and practices in Indian school and develop an agenda for implementing MLE in all schools in future.The following themes will be covered:
- Taking Stock: Current MLE Research and Programs in India
- MLE Policy and Advocacy
- MLE Strategies and Innovations
- Pedagogic Practices, Teacher Training and Capacity Building for MLE
- Networking and Partnership in MLE research and Programs
- Future of MLE in India
- RTE Act 2009 and Multilingual Education
- Planning for SAARC level conference on MLE in November 2014
Saturday, July 6, 2013
UNESCO Bangkok just published the 10th Issue of Multilingual Education E-Newsletter. It has MLE related news-items from all over Asia , a list of resources related to education and a overview of relevant events. The most interesting event is probably the 4th International Conference on Language and Education: Multilingual Education for All in Asia and the Pacific - Policies, Practices and Processes, Thailand; 6-8 November 2013. There is also a link to the MLE Mapping Data as maintained by the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group with a request to contribute to it.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The British Council is pleased to share the link of the videos from the 3rd International English Language Teacher Educator Conference (TEC) held in Hyderabad from 16 - 18 March 2013. The videos have been uploaded on YouTube and you can view them at this link.
There are some interesting presentations such as
- “Evaluation Study of MLE of Odisha” by Lata Pandey from NCERT,
- “Grounding ELT in an MLE Framework” by Ajit Mohanty from JNU
- “Importance of Mother Tongue Education for Quality Education” by Pamela Mackenzie from INfD
Friday, April 19, 2013
Below is the invitation and abstract submission call for 4th International Conference on Language and Education which is held from 6 to 8 Nov, 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand. This conference is hosted by 14 national and international organization this year such as UNESCO, UNICEF, Room to Read, SIL International, etc.
Notice that submission deadline of participant’s abstract is by the end of this month and registration deadline is by the end of Aug. (See message from UNESCO below, which includes a list of speakers)
Please visit the conference website for detailed information. It will be good to have a good representation from India there!
Monday, February 4, 2013
Unesco Bangkok send out the below announcement. It looks like an exciting conference again. There is lots that can be shared from India so we hope many can attend.