Multilingual Thursday, 21st October

A quartet of webinars plus a survey today ….

1. Researching multilingualism multilingually: insights, reflections and future directions is the title of the next talk in the University of Reading Applied Linguistics Research Circle’s series of weekly talks, by Tracey Costley and Colin Reilly from the University of Essex at 16:00 UK time, next Tuesday, 26th October. PDF of flyer below and, as usual, if you’d like to attend, contact

2. Next Wednesday, 27th October, at 12:30 UK time, in the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics Seminar Series, Ernesto Macaro from the University of Oxford will be talking about Language Learning Strategies: Theorising the transition to English Medium Instruction Contexts. More info and registration here and abstract here

“Although there have been decades of theorising on language learner strategies, together with the practical application of strategies research through strategy-based instruction, there is very little theory and research on the strategies that students deploy when they are learning content in an English Medium Instruction (EMI) context.” PDF of abstract below.

3. Next Thursday, 28th October, at 16:00 UK time, in the National University of Ireland’s CALM (sic) webinar series, Sarah Berthaud from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway will be talking about Bilingual language use and acquisition: Motion event description by English-French sequential and simultaneous bilinguals More info and registration here

“Motion is an ubiquitous daily human activity and described regularly in language. However, the way motion events are described varies cross-linguistically.”

 4. At exactly the same time, alas, next Thursday, 28th October, 16:00 UK time, John O’Regan from UCL will be giving a talk related to his recent book, Global English and Political Economy, exploring the historical emergence and hegemonic dominance of English, offering an overview of arguments that challenge this hegemony and discussing their implications for those who support academic writing in higher education. More info and registration here

Professor O’Regan “locate(s) the origins of the ascent of English in the sixteenth century and the rise of a capitalist world-economy. It is from the sixteenth century that the die is set for English to become the dominant language in the world.”

Maybe there won’t be too much overlap between the Berthaud and the O’Regan audiences?

5. And, finally, a survey from the European Centre of Modern Languages (ECML) on Enhancing language education in cross-border vocational education where extra-European participation is positively welcomed. It’s open till 10th November and is directed at people engaged in language education who live and/or work in a border region. The aim of the survey is to help prepare a manual for teacher educators, teachers and their students with an interest in promoting language learning in cross-border vocational education and training. Survey and more info here

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