Multilingual Thursday, 28th October

1. The next UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics Research Seminar is “Understanding the nature and acquisition of vocabulary knowledge in second languages” with Beatriz Gonzalez-Fernandez from the University of Sheffield at 12:00 UK time next Wednesday, 3rd November. More info in the PDF below and registration here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeY8NF3g7GBXF-76BZxsLcBjehwJAuIE0FQbG2IL2AEa_Saew/viewform

2. Also next Wednesday, but at 16:00 UK time, in Birmingham University’s MOSAIC Research Seminar series is a talk by Victoria Odeniyi from the University of the Arts in London: ”Gentle Activism: Decolonising the Arts Curriculum through Translanguaging”. Again, more info in the PDF below and registration here https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/research/mosaic/events/victoria-odeniyi-gentle-activism.aspx

3. It’s well worth rooting around in the publications section of the Language and Development Conference Series website http://www.langdevconferences.org/publications.html Two pieces by John Clegg, for example, on English Medium Education in Africa

one from Tashkent in 2003 http://www.langdevconferences.org/publications/2003-TashkentUzbekistan/Chapter%208%20-%20Recognising%20and%20Countering%20Linguistic%20Disadvantage%20in%20English-Medium%20Education%20in%20Africa-John%20Clegg.pdf

and another from Addis in 2005 http://www.langdevconferences.org/publications/2005-AddisAbabaEthiopia/Chapter%204%20-%20Moving%20towards%20bilingual%20education%20in%20Africa-John%20Clegg.pdf

plus the slightly different and more accessible approach to Proceedings (with a capital P) from the last conference in Bangkok http://www.langdevconferences.org/publications/2019-BangkokThailand/Bangkok-Conference-Proceedings-2019.pdf PDFs of all three below (unless they’re too big).

4. Here’s a talk from the recent Cambridge University Alumni Festival on the Legacies of empire in the Middle East, India, and China https://youtu.be/uSt_7hzne4o Very interesting, once they’d agreed who was talking first and second!

5. And, finally and non-multilingually, because it often books up ridiculously early, here’s advance notice of the next Cambridge Schools Conference, at which Iroise Dumontheil from Birkbeck College London will be bravely talking about ‘The adolescent brain’.

More info on Professor Dumontheil’s talk here https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/support-and-training-for-schools/cambridge-schools-conference/november-2021/speaker/

and registration here https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/support-and-training-for-schools/cambridge-schools-conference/november-2021/programme/ (That booking link seems a bit dodgy, so I’ll update it tomorrow if I need to.)

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