AILA Symposium: Perspectives on language(s) in education: A comparative overview
This open symposium will discuss key educational perspectives and practices in relation to linguistic diversity across countries and communities. We are interested in how societal groups perceive, react to, and manage linguistic diversity, and how this is reflected in formal and informal educational programs and initiatives. The focus of this symposium lies on trans- and intranational comparisons, in an attempt to extend beyond the traditionally nationally oriented research on multilingualism in education, while acknowledging the different linguistic ecologies within nations as well.
Accordingly, the symposium will adopt a two-fold approach: In the first presentation slot, we invite overviews of language(s) in the formal and informal education system from selected national contexts, as well as contributions drawing explicitly on comparisons across the national context. In the second presentation slot, specific key issues which impact on educational policies and practices will be discussed and compared both trans- and intra-nationally. These issues may include language attitudes and ideologies, the status of languages within societies, or aspects of social justice and inclusiveness.
Featured speaker: Kutlay Yugmur, Tilburg University