Saturday, July 24, 2010

[MLE] Professor Prasanna Sree has designed the script for 10 tribal languages

Dear MLE friends,

Ten more scripts in India! All designed by Professor Prasanna Sree, senior professor, Department of English, Andhra University. See newspaper item copied below or click this link:

I am not sure it will be of real help and meeting a need, but it is for sure an interesting initiative. Unlike as in e.g. Europe in India script and language are strongly related. Many do not perceive their language as a proper "language" if it does not have a distinct script. However from a pedagogical viewpoint a separate script is a headage as for the learning children.  The transition from the local language to the language of wider communication will be hampered.

[MLE] October MLE course at Chiang Mai

Dear MLE friends,
Did I already inform you about the MLE certificate Course in October (11 October to 5 November) offered in Thailand?    I just got some updated information. See details below.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

[MLE] Website launched of the Intl. Conference on Language, Education and MDGs, 9-11 Nov 2010, Bangkok THAILAND

Dear MLE friends,

Via this list you have heard before about the  Intl. Conference on Language, Education and MDGs, 9-11 Nov 2010, Bangkok THAILAND. There is now a good website with all needed information.

Monday, June 7, 2010

[MLE] Bangkok MLE WG Monthly Bulletin - June 2010

Dear MLE friends,

There is quite a bit happening regarding MLE in Asia and other countries. Attached is a newsletter from the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group with several enytries including a few from India. If you would like to receive regular updates directly from the Bangkok MLE WG, please write to

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

[MLE] E-book from Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

Dear MLE friends,

Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas was one of the main speakers at the MLE-JNU conference in Delhi a couple of years ago. Her new book "Indigenous Children's Education as Linguistic Genocide and a Crime Against Humanity? A Global View" has now been published, and is available free of charge as an e-book. You can read it at

Saturday, May 1, 2010

[MLE] Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity + Funding Opportunities

Dear MLE friends,

Some of you have asked for funding opportunities for your language related project. You might want to check out this website of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity. It gives an overview of potential donors and includes some general advice on applying for grants. (Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity)

Friday, April 30, 2010

[MLE] Is the US a monolingual country?

Dear MLE friends,
We sometimes talk as if India is unique in its multi-linguistic situation. And yes, of course it is. But the following quote might surprise you:
"While there is no precise count, some experts believe New York is home to as many as 800 languages — far more than the 176 spoken by students in the city's public schools or the 138 that residents of Queens, New York's most diverse borough, listed on their 2000 census forms "