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8. Forthcoming Meetings

Globalization, New Technologies, Multilingual Classrooms. Reading 21-2 Sept. 1998

Jim Cummins, Ontario Inst. Studies In Education
Viv Edwards, The University of Reading
Jim Anderson, Goldsmiths College
Richard Raby, Lingua Language Services
Urmi Chana, Chris Routh, Heather Leonard, An Ran, University of Reading

Day 1

9.30 - 9.45 Welcome and introduction Viv Edwards
9.45 - 10.30 New Technologies and Language Education: Possibilities and Pitfalls - Jim Cummins
10.30- 11.00 Tea/coffee
11.00 - 12.30 Choice of workshops:
1. Community languages and IT
2. Multilingual wordprocessing software
3. Producing learning resources in other languages
4. Recent multicultural children's literature

1.45 - 3.00
Group 1: Technology as a Cultural Amplifier in Shaping Community Identities Jim Cummins
Group 2: The power of Babel
Viv Edwards
A look at action research in multilingual classrooms, paying particular attention to the use of new technologies.
3.00 Tea/coffee.
Opportunities to view AIMER and the Centre premanent exhibition and for hands-on experience of Chinese, Urdu and Panjabi wordprocessing
Book stalls provided by Roy Yates Books, Letterbox Library, the Reading & Language Information Centre and Multilingual Matters

Day 2

9.30 - 10.45
Group 1: The power of Babel - Viv Edwards
Group 2: Technology as a Cultural Amplifier in Shaping Community Identities - Jim Cummins

10.45 - 11.15 Tea/coffee
11.15 - 12.45 Choice of workshops:
1. Community languages and IT
2. Multilingual software
3. Producing learning resources in other languages
4. Multicultural children's literature

2.00 - 3.15 Concluding talk - Jim Cummins
3.15 Tea

Information On Workshops
1. Community languages and IT
Jim Anderson, Goldsmiths College
A review of the range of IT options now open to support community language teaching, including the internet.
2. Multilingual software
Richard Raby, Lingua Language Sevices
A look at the kinds of choices which you need to make in selecting software and the most recent products on the market
3. Producing learning resources in other languages
Heather Leonard & Urmi Chana
A bookmaking workshop which examines a range of very original approaches to multilingual resources.
4. Multicultural children's literature
Chris Routh
A chance to sample and enjoy recent examples of quality multicultural children's literature.

Contact: V.K.Edwards(at)
Conference cost: £160 sterling.

Maintenance and Loss of Minority Languages, 26-27 November 1998

Koningshof Conference Center, Veldhoven, The Netherlands


The conference will consist of three sections. The first section addresses the sociological and social-psychological explanatory context in which language shift processes take place. The second section deals with language attrition from a psycholinguistic perspective, and the third is fully devoted to the building of an integrated explanatory framework for processes of language shift and loss. In memory of Willem Fase, one of the initiators of the First and Second Conference on Maintenance and Loss of Minority Languages, who died in 1997, a new forum called the Willem Fase Lecture has been set up. This plenary lecture forum will be granted to a promising scholar, to be selected from the abstracts submitted.


Section I: Language shift from a sociological and social-psychological perspective
Plenary sessions with Lesley Milroy, Richard Bourhis
Parallel sessions of free papers

Section II: Language loss from a psycholinguistic perspective
Plenary sessions with Kees De Bot, Joel Waters
Parallel sessions of free papers


Section II continued

Plenary session: Willem Fase Lecture
Concluding remarks on section I and II by Joshua Fishman

Section III: Towards an integrated explanatory framework for processes of language shift and loss
Preparatory workshops, followed by Round Table chaired by Michael Clyne




Conference Secretariat
Tilburg University
Research Group on Language and Minorities
c/o Heleen Strating-Keurentjes
P.O. Box 90153
NL-5000 LE Tilburg
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 13 4662588
Fax: +31 13 4663110
E-mail: language.loss.98(at)

Organizing Committee
- Dr. Ton Ammerlaan, Arnhem School of Business
- Madeleine Hulsen, University of Nijmegen
- Dr. Jetske Klatter-Folmer, Institute for the Deaf/Tilburg University
- Heleen Strating-Keurentjes, Tilburg University - Piet Van Avermaet, University of Leuven
- Dr. Kutlay Yagmur, Tilburg University

Scientific Committee
- Prof. Kees de Bot, University of Nijmegen
- Prof. Michael Clyne, Monash University, Melbourne
- Prof. Joshua Fishman, Stanford University, California/Yeshiva University, New York
- Prof. Koen Jaspaert, University of Leuven
- Dr. Sjaak Kroon, Tilburg University

World Indigenous Peoples' Conf. on Education , Big Island Hawai'i, 1-7 August 1999.

"The 1999 WIPCE (World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education) HAWAI'I Theme 'Aia Na Ha`ina i Loko o Kakou - The Answers Lies Within Us' is intended to help you focus on the Past, Present and Future of our cultural knowledge practices, to identify current needs and strengthen future collaborations. We intend to shape the conference accordingly.

Philosophy of event:
For Na Po`e Hawai'i or Native Hawaiians, learning is made valuable through experience. We are looking for indigenous practitioners to address all levels of our physical and spiritual selves. This is a gathering of empowerment beyond ordinary networking. We are asking indigenous educators, artisans, political activists, healers, and community members to offer opportunities for deep engagement and meaningful practice. Each presentation and experience must have a cultural base, show how the past is bridged into the present, and have a proven impact on your people. We ask presenters not to rehash the validity of indigenous educational/knowledge/ learning structures of philosophy. We want to focus on past, present and future projects; ideas that strengthen our beliefs and practices and offer direction and guidance as we enter the new millennium. We are asking for presentations that are culturally based and connected to the people and land they are intended to serve. We encourage speakers to deliver their presentation in their native tongue -- please be ready to interpret.

Proposal deadline:
December 31, 1998. Presenters will be notified by 30 March 1999.

Some categories of presentation:
Indigenous Spirituality, Indigenous Literature, Indigenous Philosophy, Educational Programs, Indigenous Theater, Indigenous Teacher Education, Cultural Immersion Programs, Indigenous Learning Centers, Rights Movements/Indigenous Movements, Media and Education, Indigenous Colleges/Universities, Traditional Practices (Life-Cycle, Sports, etc), Sustainable Communities, Language Perpetuation, Games, Dance, Music, Food Story-Telling, Cultural Crafts (weaving, carving), Other.

Contact address for the 1999 WIPCE HAWAI'I Coordinators are:
Phone: +1 (808) 934-7722
Fax: +1 (808) 969-7932
Email: wipc(at)
Postal address: P.O. Box 6159, Hilo, Hawai'i 96720-8923 USA

Lenguas Indígenas de Sudamérica: Lima, Perú, 4-6 Agosto 1999 Comisión Organizadora: Mabel Muñoz (Presidenta), Luis Miranda (Secretario), Amanda Orellana (Tesorera)

Los interesados en presentar comunicaciones al Congreso deberán enviar el original de su trabajo antes del 30 de mayo de 1999.
Las comunicaciones tendrán como máximo una duración de 20 minutos.
El escrito de las comunicaciones no sobrepasará las 10 páginas (DIN-A4, 4000 palabras como máximo).
Las comunicaciones serán evaluadas y seleccionadas por una comisión científica.
Se publicarán todas las comunicaciones seleccionadas por la comisión científica que se lean en el Congreso (se deberán entregar en papel y en soporte informático: Word Perfect o MS Word).

3.Semántica y Lexicografía
4.Análisis del Discurso
5.Sociolinguística y Dialectología
6.Educación Bilingüe Intercultural y Política Lingüística
7.Estudios Históricos-Comparativos
8.Lenguas en Contacto
9.Filología Amerindia

Av. Benavides 5440 Urb. Las Gardenias, Surco. Lima, Perú.
Fax: +51-1-275-0455 – Académico URP.
Fax:+51-1-275-0449 – Administrativo URP.
Fax: +51-1-275-3638 – Lenguas Modernas URP.
E-mail: Lmiranda(at)