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MultiLila Workshop 2019, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Multilingualism and multiliteracy workshop:  Multilingualism and educational challenges

Date:  28 & 29 November 2019

Location:  Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

The MultiLila workshop brought together nearly 50 academics and researchers from India and the UK to discuss the benefits and challenges of multilingualism in the classroom and the society.

Click on the links in the programme below to view the presentation slides.

 

Thursday 28 November 2019

9.30 – 10.15

The MultiLila project

10.15 – 11.15

Educating children with disabilities in
India: a missed opportunity for systemic
educational reform
 (Nidhi Singal - Cambridge)

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee/tea break

11.30 – 12.15

Do schools teach mathematics?  Redefining the learning goals for the urban poor, migrants and multilinguals (Minati Panda - JNU, Delhi)

12.15 – 13.00

Language mixing and translanguaging:
observations and possibilities
(Amy Lightfoot - British Council, Sri Lanka)

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 14.45

Does narrative ability and story grammar
knowledge differ in L1 and L2? A crosslingual
comparison of Indian learners
from challenging contexts
(Lina Mukhopadhyay (EFL-U, Hyderabad)

14.45 – 15.30

Multilingualism and cognitive skills in
school children in the MultiLila project (Suvarna Alladi - NIMHANS, Bangalore)

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee/tea break

16.00 – 17.00

On the relationship between socioeconomic
status and language exposure
as predictors of language proficiency in
bilinguals (Cécile De Cat - Leeds)

17.00 – 17.30

Wrap up

 

Friday 29 November 2019

9.30 – 10.30

The longitudinal relationship between vocabulary and grammar in EAL learners (Ludovica Serratrice - Reading)

10.30 – 11.15

How ready are Indian children for English
medium instruction? An analysis of the
productive vocabulary of low SES children
in state schools in Hyderabad
 (Jeanine Treffers-Daller - Reading)

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee/tea break

11.30 – 12.15

Reflections on a teacher training
workshop on multilingual practices (Rama Mathew - Delhi & Amy Lightfoot - British Council)

12.15 – 13.00

Multiliteracy in the UK in action: learning to
read in the home language supports literacy
skills in the majority language
 (Theo Marinis - Reading)

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

From Mother Tongue instruction in
Complementary Education into Official
Language of Instruction in Government
Schools in Ghana: Does the pathway
make a difference to sustained literacy?
(Ricardo Sabates - Cambridge)

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee/tea break

15.30 – 17.00

Round table discussion: Language
challenges in Indian schools (Ganesh Devy, Dhir Jingran, Ajit Mohanty) chaired by Ianthi Tsimpli