International Language and Development Conference
||Oct 15, 2013
||Oct 17, 2013
||Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town
||The International Language and Development Conference returns to Sub-Saharan Africa for the second time since its inception in 1993. The 10th in the series will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 15-17 October 2013 in Cape Town.
Of particular importance to the 10th International Language and Development Conference is the review of progress towards the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the 2015 deadline approaches. The timing of this review and the Conference provides an opportunity to explore the role of language in contributing to the achievement of the MDGs, specifically:
• MDG 2: Achieving universal primary education;
• MDG 3: Promoting gender equality and empowering women; and
• MDG 8: Developing a global partnership for development.
It will also be a chance to offer a language perspective in helping shape a strategy to deliver a revised set of development goals after 2015.
The conference will focus on a range of language-related issues common - but not unique to - developing countries across the African continent. The conference will thus not only have a distinctive African flavour, but will also address wider global issues and concerns.
The main theme will be ‘Opportunity, Equity and Identity beyond 2015’, divided into two key areas:
• Lessons, observations and themes developed from earlier Language and Development Conferences and how these relate to the MDGs; and
• The role of language in supporting development from 2015-2035
The conference will be structured around four sub-themes to provide coherence both within the 10th Conference and across the wider series of conferences:
• National language policy development: comparative national and regional studies;
• The role of lingua francas: English, French, Portuguese, KiSwahili, Arabic and Standard Chinese in Sub-Saharan Africa; and
• Language as a contributor to post-MDG development objectives.
Language, literacy and education
• Monolingualism, bilingualism and multilingualism: languages of learning and teaching in Africa;
• The role of mother tongue in education: transitioning to other language mediums of instruction;
• Reading and writing cultures at home and at school; and
• Challenges for English language teaching in primary schools.
Language in socio-economic development
• Development perspectives on language: the response of donor agencies to language issues;
• Use of language in public and private domains; and
• Language, international communication and the global economy.
Language and cultural identity
• Identity, gender, politics and language;
• Equity, identity and languages of instruction;
• Teaching language and culture in the classroom; and
• Culture, identity, technology, new media and language.
For more information or to register, refer to www.britishcouncil.org.za/languageconference/themes.