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Sociolinguistic Society (SS19), August 2012
Berlin, Germany
In August 2012, LPReN hosted a four-part thematic session over three days at the 19th Sociolinguistics Symposium in Berlin, Germany. The over-arching thematic session, Language in Multilingual Cities, included presentations by 29 international scholars representing 17 countries. This thematic session was divided into four subthemes:
1. Globalization and Language in the Multilingual City, Chair: David Block
2. Language Policy in the Multilingual City, Chair: Bernard Spolsky
3. Immigration and Education in the Multilingual City, Chair: Terrence Wiley
4. Linguistic Landscape and Identity in the Multilingual City, Chair: Elana Shohamy


3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011)
November 22 - 25, 2011

University of Auckland, New Zealand
This international conference focuses specifically on the impact of increased cultural linguistic diversity, at both the national and supranational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy, and practice of language education.

For details of the conference, visit the conference website.

Featured presentations

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LPREN Colloquium: Gaps Between Research Evidence and Language Education Policy

Bernard Spolsky and Terrence Wiley
1:40 4:55 pm

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Assessing Educational Language Rights in the United States: Two Steps Back One Forward

Terrence Wiley
11:20 11:50 am

Read the full conference program.


International Association of Applied Linguistics, August 2011
Beijing, China
In keeping with the theme of the Congress, the LPREN symposium aimed to harmonize the views of Eastern and Western scholars, or at least clarify the differences between these views. Simply put, contributors commented on two fundamental questions. 1. Can languages be managed? This has two subordinate questions: to which varieties of language does it apply (literary languages, standard languages, sacred languages, vernacular varieties, dialects, trans-languaging, etc.) and what is meant by managing? 2. Should languages be managed? In fact, is a language variety rather than speakers of a variety the appropriate goal for language management? Participants were invited to answer these questions in the light of the sociolinguistic ecology of their own region and applying the principles that they and their colleagues consider reasonable for approaches to language policy.

The co-organizers of the symposium were Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, and Terrence G. Wiley, President, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA.  Wiley served as Colloquium Chair.

Presentation titles, presenters, and affiliations are listed below:

1) Tensions and conflicts in China's language policies and practices, Li Wei, Birkbeck College, University of London, England and Xu Daming, Nanjing University

2) Language Planning and Harmonious Sociolinguistic Life: China as a Case, Minglang Zhou, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

3) Você pode falar o inglês?: Mismanagement of linguistic resources by a Japanese local government, Masaki Oda, College of Humanities, Tamagawa University, Tamagawa Gakuen, Machida, Tokyo, Japan

4) Standards of English Managed by Gatekeepers in the Workplace and the Realities, Saran Kaur Gill and Yuen Chee Keong, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia

(Both presenters were unable to attend but Terrence Wiley presented their paper in absentia)

5) Promoting ethnic harmony after ethnic violence – what role for language management in multilingual Kenya?, Maik Gibson, SIL International & Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya

(Maik Gibson was unable to attend)

6) Challenges of Multilingualism and its Management in China, Zhang Zhiguo, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China

Presenter 1: Li Wei and Xu Daming
Title: Tensions and conflicts in China's language policies and practices
Birkbeck College, University of London and Nanjing University