Conferences

CCERBAL 2023 Conference

Bilingualism and Multilingualism:

Transversal Competences, Mobility, and Well-Being

May 4-6, 2023

 

Conference Format: Options to participate both in person and online will be available

 

Plenary Speakers:

Sunny Man Chu Lau (Bishop's University)

Peter MacIntyre (Cape Breton University)

Caroline Payant (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Meike Wernicke (University of British Columbia)

 

Conference Chairs:

Nikolay Slavkov (University of Ottawa), Pierre-Luc Paquet (University of Texas at Tyler), Nina Woll (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)

 

Call

 

The focus of the CCERBAL 2023 Conference will be on conceptual, empirical, and practice-based contributions on language pedagogy, technology, assessment, language policy, family language policy, and beyond. This call welcomes a wide variety of interdisciplinary submissions which may (but are not required to) address the following three overlapping themes: transversal competences, mobility, and well-being.

Transversal competences have recently come to the forefront in education and in society more generally. Their definition can be elusive, and they are variably known as soft skills, 21st century skills, core competencies, transferable skills, etc. (cf. Council of Europe ECML, 2021). Some examples of transversal competences proposed by UNESCO (2015) include global citizenship, inter- and intra-personal skills, critical and innovative thinking, as well as physical and psychological health. Transversal competences are inextricably related to language teaching and learning; they also apply to family and societal bi/multilingualism in a globalized world and thus have overarching social significance.

Mobility is another defining characteristic of 21st century society. Global flows and exchanges of ideas, internationalized education, personal travel, transnational families, economic migration, as well as fleeing wars and persecution are types of mobility that raise new and important questions. In addition, digital technology has offered yet another type of mobility in parallel to physical mobility. Such new developments require renewed impetus for innovative pedagogies and policies, in many of the following contexts: language teaching and learning; bi/multilingual use in academic, cultural, business, and daily life exchanges; supporting global diversity and inclusion; empowering plurilingual migrant populations in school classrooms to become confident and competent users of a host country’s language while also creating the necessary conditions for preserving their original languages and identities; and many others.

Human well-being is tightly connected to the above themes. Recent work on language teacher well-being has raised questions about how to ensure teachers are well-supported, validated, retained in the profession, encouraged to innovate, and engage learners; learner well-being is a key issue in a context of multilingual and multicultural classrooms with various unique learner needs and objectives. Supporting the development of bilingual and multilingual children at the family level and building bridges to schooling and other formal educational contexts also form part of what is known as harmonious bi/multilingualism (De Houwer, 2020) and general well-being. Finally, an overall focus on general well-being for all stakeholders has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic and the eagerly anticipated post-pandemic recovery.

 

Non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Language teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Language, technology, gamification, digital citizenship, virtual mobility, artificial intelligence
  • Language policy and family language policy
  • Languages of schooling, immersion studies, bi-/multilingual education, language intensive programs
  • Links between home languages and school languages
  • Flexible, experiential, community-based, and informal language learning
  • Indigenized curriculum development and delivery
  • Value-based curricula, democracy, and peace building
  • Inclusion, social justice, and equity
  • Language, mobility, and migration
  • Linguistic security/insecurity
  • Linguistic risk-taking
  • Mediation, language development across the lifespan
  • Nurturing the next generation of researchers and teachers
  • Academic literacies, multiliteracies, and multimodality
  • Third spaces and dialogue between spaces
  • Plurilingualism, multilingualism, translanguaging
  • Official languages, Heritage languages, Modern languages, Indigenous languages, Sign languages, Minority languages, ‘Big’ languages vs. ‘Small’ languages, Languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • CEFR and its companion volume
  • Psychology of language learning, emotions, positive psychology

Format of submissions: oral presentations, posters, round tables, thematic symposia, and workshops. Options to participate both in person and online will be available.


Important Dates:

Submissions open: July 1, 2022

Submissions close: November 1, 2022

Acceptance notifications and registration: early 2023

Conference dates: May 4-6, 2023


Venue: Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa.


Featured Events: Plenary sessions, round tables and thematic symposia, professional development workshops; social activities (in person and online), and much more.


For more information, please contact us at the following address: ccerbal@uOttawa.ca.  

 

Conference website: https://ccerbal2023.sciencesconf.org/?forward-action=index&forward-controller=index&lang=en

Bilingualism and Beyond - 2021
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Bilingualism and Beyond: Advancing the Thinking on Pedagogies, Policies and Practices


April 29 - May 1, 2021

THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOW CLOSED

PLENARY SPEAKERS:

Françoise Armand – Université de Montréal
James Cummins – University of Toronto
Onowa McIvor - University of Victoria
Eva Vetter - University of Vienna

The conference is organized by CCERBAL in collaboration with EDiLiC
EDiLiC International Association 

A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. The world has taken a multilingual turn: an increased awareness that monolingualism is an exception rather than a norm and unprecedented mass migrations have created impetus for continued pedagogical, assessment, policy, and technological innovations to reflect changing global realities. New calls for recognition and specific actions to support diversity, inclusion, equity, and citizenship related to languages have also come to the forefront of global thinking.

THE CANADIAN CONTEXT. In keeping with global trends, Canada has entered a new era in its thinking and actions regarding the role and impact of languages in its complex and diverse social fabric. Continuing to celebrate French-English bilingualism, the Government of Canada has recently launched consultations on modernizing the Official Languages Act and has announced an investment of over $16 million to implement a free learning and maintenance program for French and English. Strong voices for according a new place and offering higher recognition to Indigenous languages have triggered consultations on an Indigenous Languages Act. In addition, close to 23% of Canadians report having a language other than English or French as a mother tongue (Statistics Canada, 2017).

THE CALL. Within this rich and stimulating global and local context, the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) is launching a call for its 2020 Conference. We welcome proposals for individual presentations, posters, symposia, round tables and workshops transcending boundaries and bringing thinking and action to the next level on topics related, but not limited, to the following:

  • Language teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Language and Technology
  • Language policy and family language policy
  • Flexible, experiential, community and informal language learning
  • Academic literacies, multiliteracies and multimodality
  • Languages of schooling, immersion studies, bi-/multilingual education, language intensive programs
  • The role of L1(s) or mother tongue(s) in second/additional language teaching
  • Inclusion, social justice and equity
  • Creation and intersection of third spaces and dialogue between spaces
  • Language and migration
  • Plurilingualism, multilingualism, translanguaging
  • Official languages, Heritage languages, Modern languages, Indigenous languages, Sign languages, Minority languages, ‘Big’ languages vs. ‘Small’ languages
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)

IMPORTANT DATES:

Submissions open: August 1, 2019

Submissions close: December 1, 2019

Conference dates: April 29 - May 1, 2021

VENUE: Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa.

FEATURED EVENTS: Plenary sessions, round tables and thematic symposia, professional development workshops, social activities and more.

CONFERENCE CHAIRS:

Nikolay Slavkov (University of Ottawa), Marie-Paule Lory (University of Toronto Mississauga) and Catherine Levasseur (University of Ottawa).

For more information, please contact us at the following address: ccerbal@uOttawa.ca.

Conference Web site: https://ccerbal2020.sciencesconf.org

Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World - 2018

Translanguaging: Opportunities and Challenges in a Global World

Plenary speakers: Ofelia García (City University of New York), Guillaume Gentil (Carleton University), and Danièle Moore (Simon Fraser University)

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Venue: Social Sciences Hall, University of Ottawa.

Conference dates: May 3-4, 2018.

Featured events: Round tables and thematic symposia on Linguistic Risk-Taking, Bilingual and Multilingual Policies, and much more.

Conference theme: Translanguaging, a construct referring to the complex use of more than one language as a (combined) resource, has captured the imagination of researchers, educators, and policy makers around the world. The role of translanguaging as a linguistic and social practice in family, community, educational and institutional contexts raises a number of stimulating and challenging questions that call for continued discussion.

CCERBAL 2018: Ofelia Garcia's Plenary Session
CCERBAL 2018: Danièle Moore's Plenary Session
CCERBAL 2018: Guillaume Gentil's Plenary Session
 

 

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Bilingual from birth: process, pedagogy and policy - 2016

 

CCERBAL Conferences

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa

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April 28 & April 29, 2016

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), through its research centre the CCERBAL, is hosting an international conference titled ‘Bilingual from birth: process, pedagogy and policy’

The two-day conference will be a unique occasion for researchers, teachers, students and all others with an interest in bilingual development to gather and share knowledge and ideas. Invited symposia on the topics of “Simultaneous bilingualism from an early age“ and “the Consequences of bilingualism for identity“ as well as round table meetings on “Raising kids in more than one language“ and “Cultural and intercultural policy aspects“ will provide forums for in-depth discussions of the conference themes and will facilitate exchanges between invited speakers and participants. The conference will be held on the University of Ottawa bilingual campus, in Canada’s national capital. It welcomes proposals on the teaching and learning of second and foreign languages, from a life development point of view, in a wide range of contexts. In light of the venue of the conference, proposals on the learning of Canada’s official languages (French and English) as well native, heritage and minority languages will be of particular interest.

Proposals are invited for papers, workshops or posters on (but not restricted to) the following topics:

  1. Simultaneous acquisition of more than one language
  2. Cognitive and social consequences of bi and plurilingualism
  3. The evaluation of bilingual competence
  4. The characteristics of exceptional bilinguals
  5. Societal and policy implications of bilingual development
  6. The simultaneous and/or sequential teaching of more than one language
  7. Innovative research methods in bilingual development
  8. Lexical, phonological, and syntactic aspects of bilingual development.

Conference chairs are Christopher Fennell (fennell@uottawa.ca) and Richard Clément (rclement@uottawa.ca).

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Literacies and Autonomy of Advanced Language Learners - 2014

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute
University of Ottawa
April 24 and 25, 2014

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute’s research centre, CCERBAL, is organizing its sixth international conference, to be held in April 2014 on the bilingual campus of the University of Ottawa. The seminar theme will address a wide variety of perspectives, including:

  • Assessment and evaluation of the competency of high-level bilinguals. We will explore descriptors proposed by the various bodies such as CEFR, Canadian Benchmarks; the limits and challenges of various testing and assessment tools, and the ideologies linked to advanced language learners/users.
  • Acquisition and maintenance of advanced language competencies. We will examine the challenges and choices related to second language teaching and learning for advanced language learners; the language support needs of high-level bilinguals.
  • The use of technology for teaching and language learning at an advanced level. We will discuss the challenges and issues related to autonomy, autodidaxy of the advanced learner, of those best adapted to teaching and learning for advanced language learners of technological resources to support high-level bilinguals in the workplace, of the training of teachers and instructors.
  • Language policy, planning and maintenance in bi/multilingual work spaces. We will address the structures required to support the competency of high-level bilinguals of the place of language on the hiring, promotion and renewing of personnel of value and recognition of bi/plurilingual competencies in the workplace.

This two-day conference will be a unique occasion to meet in order to share and discuss ideas, findings, knowledge and practices for researchers, teaching professionals, students, language policy specialists and planners as well as other participants with an interest in the thematic of advanced language learners.

The plenary speakers:

The symposium of the Research Chair in CALL:

Round Tables:

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Conference SCHEDULE with authors and Rooms (April 23rd, 2014)

Innovative Practices in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) - 2012
Latinus - 2012
20Bliain - 2011
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