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First dissemination event: New Delhi, July 12-13 2018

The languages of education in multilingual India: exploring effects in reading and mathematics

Date:  12 & 13 July 2018

Location:  New Delhi

The first dissemination conference brought together nearly 200 government officials, representatives from the National Council for Educational Research and Training, the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, NGOs, Foundations, international agencies, teachers’ associations and teachers from around India.

Click on the links in the programme below to view the slides and/or a summary of each session.


Thursday 12 July 2018

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome and inaugural

10.00 – 11.00

Plenary session – Multilingual education: attitudes, policies and practice (Dhir Jhingran – Language and Learning Foundation) Watch the video here

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee/tea break

11.30 – 12.30

Overview of the MultiLila project (Prof Ianthi Tsimpli) Watch the video here

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Panel discussion: 'The role of the home language and English in multilingual education in India' Watch the video here

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee/tea break

15.30 – 17.00

Reflections from project co-investigators (watch the video here): 

What do narrative retelling reveal about bilingual children’s knowledge of English as a second language? (Dr Lina Mukhopadhyay)

Multilingualism and Cognition: Challenges and controversies - Hyderabad perspective (Dr Suvarna Alladi)

Migration, Multilinguality and Mathematics Learning (Prof Minati Panda)

18.00 – 20.30

Launch of research report 'Multilingual classrooms: opportunities and challenges for English medium instruction in low and middle-income countries' and networking reception


Friday 13 July 2018

9.30 – 10.00

Recap of Day 1 and overview of Day 2 (Prof Theo Marinis) Watch the video here

11.30 – 12.30

Plenary session – What do classroom observations tell us about multilingual practices in India? (Amy Lightfoot – British Council India) Watch the video here

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee/tea break

11.30 – 13.00

Nine breakaway sessions in three time slots to offer the opportunity for participants to reflect on and share their experiences with regards to various aspects of multilingual education in India.  The topics covered in these interactive sessions were:

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Summary of group discussions and recommendations

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee/tea break

16.00 – 16.30

Conclusion of event (Prof Jeanine Treffers-Daller)