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Multilingual Learning in Low-Resource Contexts: Opportunities and Obstacles (Call for papers)

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Bilingual education and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), a teaching approach that fuses foreign language learning and the teaching of other subjects, are often associated with relatively well-resourced teaching contexts, such as the ones found in Western Europe. However, an upcoming book edited by Elizabeth Erling and John Clegg aims to challenge this perception, and the editors of the book are keen to receive your chapters exploring aspects of multilingual education in low-resource settings.

The book

The edited collection, entitled Multilingual Learning in Low-Resource Contexts: Opportunities and Obstacles, will look into diverse ways of integrating content and linguistic aims, which are encountered in settings where teaching and learning resources are relatively more scarce.  

The book is scheduled to appear in the new series on Language and Content Integrated Teaching & Plurilingual Education (Routledge), which is edited by Angel M. Y. Lin and Christiane Dalton-Puffer.

As stated in the call for abstracts:

The aim of this volume is to provide a state-of-the-art collection of research about the role of language in content learning in schools in a wide range of low and middle income countries and other low-resource contexts. The focus will be on educational practices and pedagogies to support content learning and also the learning of dominant language(s). Chapters will focus on policies and practices that have emerged organically or through educational interventions to support learning. They will also explore various models of multilingual or plurilingual education and the opportunities and challenges in their implementation with regard to policy, practice and attitudes.

Call for abstracts

The editors of the book are keen to receive proposals for empirical chapters with a theoretical grounding, which address different aspects of multilingual education.

Some possible chapter topics listed in the call for abstracts include:

  • the relevance of various linguistic and pedagogical concepts to low-resource contexts (e.g., CLIL, codeswitching, mother-tongue-based multilingual education, plurilingual education, translanguaging, etc.);
  • the role of (flexible) multilingual or plurilingual learning and language supportive pedagogies in achieving inclusivity, equity, quality and lifelong learning;
  • interventions which have sought to resist inflexible language policies and/or enhance content and language learning in low-resource contexts;
  • multilingual or plurilingual classroom discourse in content learning in low-resource contexts;
  • the creation and evaluation of multilingual resources for teaching content and language;
  • practices supporting fair and reliable assessment of content knowledge within L2-medium, multilingual and plurilingual education contexts;
  • material and ideological challenges to implementing multilingual or plurilingual education approaches and language supportive pedagogies;
  • research explorations of whether educational research in low-resource contexts substantiates the findings of research from high-resource contexts;
  • considerations of whether and, if so, how multilingual education can be effectively implemented in low-resource contexts;
  • ways in which development agencies, international organisations, and all stakeholders in education can better consider the role of multilingualism and medium of instruction in educational interventions, international assessments and policy reform.

For more information, you can download the full call for abstracts here.

How to contribute

If you are interested in contributing a chapter to the volume, the editors would like you to submit a 300-word abstract to Beth Erling (elizabeth.erling[at]uni-graz[dot]at) by 21st October 2018 1st December 2018.

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Update (11th September 2018): Revised submission deadline.



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One response to “Multilingual Learning in Low-Resource Contexts: Opportunities and Obstacles (Call for papers)”

  1. […] It is generally recognised these days, in theory at least, that ELT approaches and materials developed originally for learners in the UK, USA, etc. are not necessarily appropriate outside these contexts. However, teachers in so-called ‘developing countries’ may still tend to be kept dependent on approaches, materials and expertise from English-dominant countries in the Global North, partly because there continues to be a relative lack of support for innovative work in the area of methodology development for and by such teachers which would redress the balance. There are, though, positive signs of change – see the relatively bottom-up research approaches and publications promoted by TELCnet over the last ten years, including the 2016–18 Teacher-research for Difficult Circumstances project, recent books including International Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances (Kuchah & Shamim 2018) and Teaching in Low-resource Classrooms: Voices of Experience. (Smith, Padwad & Bullock 2017), as well as a recent call for papers for a new publication on Multilingual Learning in Low-resource Contexts. […]

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