A colleague alerted me to the I International Colloquium on Languages and Cultures in School and Society, which will be held in Soria, Spain, on 1-3 July 2015. The colloquium focusses on a number of topics that I find very interesting, such as individual, school and societal bilingualism, or the role of minority languages in education, against a backdrop of increased immigration. Here’s an extract from the conference flier:
The increase in the arrival of immigrants in numerous countries worldwide, coupled with the challenges associated to the subsequent schooling of their children in host countries’ schools, is making it necessary to widen existing knowledge about the new linguistic, ethnic, and cultural realities resulting from this phenomenon.
It seems natural, therefore, to create opportunities to share experiences, practices, and visions derived from this situation. This is the rationale for the Colloquium, which will revolve around topics such as the use of immigrant students’ native languages in the classroom, the promotion of minority languages, bilingual and immersion programs, perceptions of ethnic and cultural identity, or existing ethnic and cultural differences between teachers and students.
Sadly, I won’t be able to attend (as it seems that I have spent almost all of my conferencing budget for this year :( ), but if there are any readers based in Spain, or if you do not mind travelling to Spain to further the good cause of educational research, the conference programme may be of interest.