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International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) World Congress
July 23-28, 2017 ♦ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

International Symposium of Bilingualism
June 11-15, 2017

American Educational Research Association 2017 Annual Meeting
April 27-May 1, 2017 ♦ San Antonio, TX

Symposium on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations
April 21 -22, 2017 ♦ New York, NY
For event registration visit the Language and the UN website.

American Association of Applied Linguistics 2017
March 18 – 21, 2017 ♦ Portland, OR


Sociolinguistics Symposium
June 15–18, 2016

Language and the Sustainable Development Goals
April 21–22, 2016

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
April 9–13, 2016


Language Education and Diversity (LED) conference
November 23–26, 2015

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning (LPP)
September 2015


LPREN at AILA World Congress
August 10–15, 2014 ♦ Brisbane, Australia

Directions in Language Policy Research: How Compatible Are Current Approaches?
Approaches to language policy analysis are sometimes dichotomized as either focusing on social structure (historical-structural approaches) or those emphasizing creative agency within the public sphere.

This panel explores Tollefson’s contention that there is no inherent theoretical conflict between these approaches. Rather than focusing on the differences between these approaches, his contention is that the crucial questions for LP research, are: “Under what conditions are the state and other powerful institutions (e.g., corporations and non-governmental organizations) able to impose their will on individuals and communities through language policies? Under what conditions can individuals and communities act as agents in their own language learning and language use?” Through research-based examples, the panel will critically address the contention that “the difference between these two paradigms is not theoretical but a matter of emphasis or perhaps even the temperament of different researchers.”

Terrence G. Wiley, Center for Applied Linguistics and Arizona State University, USA
James W. Tollefson, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Reynaldo Macias, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

LPREN at AAAL in Portland, OR
March 2014
CAL’s LPReN team is pleased to announce that Dr. Terrence G. Wiley will be honored at this year’s American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference with the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award. Dr. Wiley’s presentation, “Critical Language Policy Analysis and the On-going Need for Advocacy in the Post-Civil Rights Era” will be Monday, March 24, 9:55–11:00 a.m.

LPREN will host its annual meeting of advisors on Sunday, March 23rd in Portland at AAAL.

LPREN at AERA in Philadelphia, PA
April 2014
Members of CAL’s LPReN staff will participate in a panel at this year’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, to be held in Philadelphia, PA. Chaired by Sarah Moore, the panel, “The Role of Critical Language Policy Analysis in the ‘Post’ Civil Rights Era” will include “Global Political Economy and Language Rights in the 'Post-Civil Rights' Era” by Jeff Bale of the University of Michigan; “No Holds Barred on Restricting Language Rights: English-only in Arizona,” by Sarah Moore and Karen Lillie of the State University of New York at Fredonia; “Diversity in Language and Experience: Latino Subgroups in the U.S.,” by Molly Fee; and, “Decolonization Through Language Revitalization: Conversations with Language Warriors on Language Rights and Policy Failures,” by Richard Gresczyk of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Terrence G. Wiley will serve as Discussant for the panel.


Sociolinguistic Society (SS19), Berlin, Germany
August 2012
In August 2012, LPReN will host 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, will include presentations by 29 international scholars representing 17 countries. Subthemes within the larger LPReN thematic session include Globalization and Language in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. David Block; Linguistic Landscape and Identity in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. Elana Shohamy; Language Policy in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. Bernard Spolsky; and Immigration and Education in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. Terrence Wiley.

Visit the conference website.

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) In Boston (March 2012), LPREN convened an Advisory Committee Meeting at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference.


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.

Language and Educational Development (LED) Conference, Auckland
November 2011
Bernard Spolsky and Terrence Wiley co-chaired the Colloquium “Gaps between research evidence and language education policy: Some examples” with Richard Benton as Discussant at the Language and Educational Development (LED) Conference in Auckland, New Zealand (November, 2011). This Colloquium brought together eight international presenters to discuss the need to include social and political knowledge in language policy.

16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics – AILA
Theme: Harmony in diversity: language, culture, society Beijing China on August 23-28, 2011

LPREN Colloquium: Promoting Language Harmony through Language Management: Fundamental Issues in Multilingual Societies
Organizers: Terrence Wiley and Bernard Spolsky

Visit the AILA 2011 website.

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

MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism

The Second International MIDP symposium was held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in November 2009. The symposium formed part of the colloquia series organised by the Unit for Language Management (University of the Free State, RSA) in association with the Department of Linguistics (University of Antwerp) and the Department of African Languages & Cultures (Ghent University) and was sponsored by the Province of Antwerp, Flanders.

Contact Theodorus du Plessis for details at

AILA Essen 200815th World Congress of Applied Linguistics
Essen, Germany from August, 24-29 2008.

The conference theme was "Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities." The congress was organized by the German Association of Applied Linguistics (GAL e.V.), the University of Duisburg-Essen, Congress Centre Essen (CCE), and further partners.
All those interested in receiving regular updates on the conference via our electronic newsletter are invited to contact the conference office at

ICL 2008
18th International Congress of Linguists

July 21-26 at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

Conference website:

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16 Congreso de Hispanistas Alemanes
Section 17. Located in Dresden, this conference will be about language policy in Latin America.
28 - 31 March 2007


Fifth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
The Fifth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism was held at the University of Stirling, Scotland on 3, 4, 5 September 2007.

Plenary Speakers:

The local organizer is:
Charlotte Kemp

Institute of Education
University of Stirling
Scotland FK9 4LN

Conference website:
Jasone Cenoz (one of the founders of L3) was the LPREN liaison for this conference.


Language, Education and Diversity 2007
2nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity

The conference focused on language and education, with particular reference to addressing/accommodating diversity. Within this broad focus, there were specific streams on:

Keynote speakers for the LED 2007 Conference include:

Need More Information?
Contact the conference organisers:

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16th Sociolinguistics Symposium
Limerick, Ireland
Thursday, July 6, 2006, 17:00 to 18:15 In the Northern Hemisphere

Conference website:

The Network sponsored an open discussion on the responsibilities of Language Policy scholars. It was chaired by Bernard Spolsky. Durk Gorter, Nancy Hornberger, Gabrielle Hogan-Brun, Donna Patrick, Alistair Pennycook, Elana Shohamy started with 5 minute statements. An open discussion was followed by a brief business meeting of the Network. It took place in the Southern Hemisphere, at the ALAA Congress  in Brisbane, Friday 7 July 13:30 15:30

Conference Website:


Joshua A. Fishman's 80th Brithday
Sunday, September 10, 2006, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hillel at Steinhardt Hall, University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Address on South Africa by Nkonko Kamwangamalu

Speakers: Stanton Wortham, Courtney Cazden, Dell Hymes, William Labov, Itzik Gottesman, Penelope Poutu, Hinurewa Poutu, Toni Waho, Francis M. Hult, Naomi Prawer Kadar, Shuhan Wang, Kendall King, John Baugh, Shirley Brice Heath, and Joshua Fishman

Symposium website:

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