LINGUIST List 28.4029

Mon Oct 02 2017

Calls: Applied Ling/Morocco

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 28-Sep-2017
From: Amine Amzil <>
Subject: First Colloquium on Language Contact in Education: Theory and Pedagogy
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Full Title: First Colloquium on Language Contact in Education: Theory and Pedagogy
Short Title: LCETP

Date: 27-Feb-2018 - 28-Feb-2018
Location: Faculte des Sciences de l'Education - Rabat, Morocco
Contact Person: Amine Amzil
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Dec-2017

Meeting Description:

Multilingualism characterizes a large number of societies over the world. In many of these societies, multilingualism affects also the area of education, and many learners around the world are forced to deal with more than one language, not only as school subjects, but also as means of instruction. North African countries are among such societies, where learners come to school with a vernacular mother tongue that has no special status in the educational system. It is only in the classroom that the languages of teaching and learning are introduced, sometimes one after another and sometimes simultaneously. In most of the North African societies, some school subjects are taught in Standard Arabic and others in French; and some of those that are taught in Standard Arabic up to the level of high school shift to French in higher education. Besides, an international language such as English or Spanish is also required if a student intends to pursue graduate studies or to make a career in business or tourism.

In such situations, a number of research problems are often raised. From a psycholinguistic perspective, language contact in the mind of the learner raises a host of issues, some of which have become classic issues in the area of bi/multilingualism. These, on their part, have repercussions on language learning and language education. From a sociolinguistic perspective, languages in contact do not usually have similar statuses, but rather differ depending on their symbolic capital. It is very likely that the sociolinguistic status of each language will also have some bearing on the way it will be acquired and used.

Faculté des Sciences de l’Education – Rabat

Keynote speakers:
- Mark Allen Dressman (College of Education – University of Illinois)
- Lourdes Ortega (Georgetown University)

Call for Papers:

Given the complexity of the linguistic issues in multilingual societies, we invite researchers to approach these issues from a multidisciplinary perspective in an attempt to highlight new aspects of multilingualism in education.

Researchers are particularly invited to propose a 20-minute presentation in English or French on original research in the following (but not limited to these) areas:
- Psycholinguistic aspects of multilingualism
- Sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism
- Language teaching and learning
- Language policy

Although the focus will be on the situation in North Africa, studies of similar situations will also be welcome. Abstracts should be uploaded in the following link: For reasons of objectivity and fairness, abstracts should not bear author names.

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: December 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 20 , 2018
Conference: February 27 -28 , 2018
Participants will be charged fees as follows:
Faculty: 80 American dollars (equivalent of 800 Moroccan dirhams)
Students: 40 American dollars (equivalent of 400 Moroccan dirhams)

These fees will cover the expenses of two lunches and four coffee breaks during the two conference days.

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