14th conference of the Association for Language Awareness: Towards Language Aware Citizenship

Страна: Нидерланды

Город: Amsterdam

Тезисы до: 30.11.2017

Даты: 04.07.18 — 07.07.18

Область наук: Филологические;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: ala2018conference@gmail.com

Организаторы: Vrije Universiteie Amsterdam


Even though we are surrounded by language every day, many people go through life without being aware of its essential role. Language is often taken for granted and its possibilities and effects, however interesting, beautiful, or even dangerous, are sometimes overlooked. In recent elections worldwide, politicians spoke about such issues as education, immigration and the environment and evoked various images to influence public opinion. In multicultural and digital communities, many languages appear side by side, which have become an important part of people’s interaction, creativity and identity. In many countries, English is gaining ground as the language of instruction in secondary schools and at universities, which influences both instruction and learning. These are just some of the many language-related topics affecting our diverse and globalising world. It seems that an awareness of such language issues is pivotal in order to understand each other, to enjoy the rich diversity, and to take part in society effectively.
We think the world would be a different place if everyone were to go through life as a language aware citizen. Language aware citizens are people who are able to perceive the effects language has on themselves and on others and who are able to critically engage with and use language accordingly in today’s (multicultural) society: at work, at home, at school, within their communities, etc. They are conscious of attitudes and assumptions that may lie hidden within language used to describe the past, the present as well as the future and they understand the value of society’s linguistic and cultural diversity. Language aware citizens are aware of the role language plays throughout their lives, both private and professional.
So, what exactly is it that language aware citizens should know about? How do we make them aware? And to what effect?
We would like to approach the overarching theme of language aware citizenship in the following subthemes:

  • Language awareness, education and learning
    Language of instruction, CLIL, ELF, awareness of language in curriculum design, L1 and L2 learning, language awareness in the classroom, multicultural classrooms, teacher language awareness (in all subjects), school language policy, discourse in and about education, etc.
  • Language awareness, culture, community and identity
    Language variation and diversity, language change, language attitudes, gender issues, minorities, language play and creativity, intercultural communication, (non-)discriminatory use of language, etc.
  • Language awareness, politics and the media
    Rhetorics, framing, the language of policy making, the influence of language in communication, etc.
  • Language awareness in different professions and contexts
    Language awareness in law, medicine, science, religion, Internet, language in the workplace etc.

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