• Start Date 01/07/2024
  • Start Time: CET 13:30
  • End Date 05/07/2024
  • End Time: CET 15:00
  • Location Online

ELLRA 1st Anniversary Web Festival


Registration link: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYld-CvrDgvEtKRwq36jCyuKthGSellOMag

Date: 1-5 July 2024 

Time: 13:30 CET daily

Speakers: Magne Dypedahl (University of South-Eastern Norway), Carolyn McKinney (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Sunny Man Chu Lau (Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada), Claudine Kirsch (University of Luxembourg), Rama Matthew (Delhi University, India)

Monday, 1 July 2024

Magne Dypedahl
Associate Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway
Systematic intercultural learning for young learners in the language classroom

This webinar will present ideas about how systematic intercultural learning can be integrated in language courses, with focus on school grades 1-7. Magne will address what seems to be a gap between intercultural communication as a field of study and intercultural learning in education. He will also share components of intercultural competence that can serve as a basis for activities in the classroom, which in turn can enhance intercultural learning for young learners.

Magne Dypedahl is co-editor and co-author of numerous books on intercultural competence and the teaching of English. He has conducted research on intercultural learning in lower and upper secondary school in Norway, and he has experience with intercultural learning for grades 1-7 as a teacher educator and a textbook consultant.

Tuesday, 2 July 2024

Carolyn McKinney
Professor, School of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Language teaching in a context of coloniality & deep social inequality

This webinar will explore the implications for language teaching, and English as Additional Language in particular, in a context of deep inequality in education, both locally and globally. Carolyn will argue that as teachers of bi/multilingual children, we have a dual responsibility. On the one hand we need to provide access to particular privileged language and literacy practices, while on the other we need to challenge these practices, and the deficit positioning of bilingual learners.

Carolyn McKinney is Professor in Language Education at the School of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Carolyn’s research and teaching focus on (racialised) language and literacy ideologies and use of languaging-for-learning in multilingual education contexts of the Global South.

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

Sunny Man Chu Lau
Research Chair in Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning
Professor, Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada
English and French teachers’ cross-curricular collaborations: Supporting critical biliteracy learning

This webinar elaborates on a collaborative action research project with Quebec elementary teachers (English as a second language and French). Sunny will explore how cross-language and cross-curricular collaborations supported students’ critical literacies and bilingual/biliteracy learning. In particular, she will focus on a unit based on two story books about Indigenous languages and cultures. She will demonstrate how two participating teachers co-planned and implemented a lesson sequence that promoted cognitive and linguistic bridges and facilitated in-depth learning.

Sunny Man Chu Lau is a full professor in the School of Education at Bishop’s University, Québec. She is also Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Integrated Plurilingual Teaching and Learning. She specializes in critical literacies, literature and language teaching, teaching English as a second language, plurilingual pedagogy, and participative-based research methodologies.

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Claudine Kirsch
Professor, University of Luxembourg
Children’s experiences with multiliteracies in crèche and at home

This webinar will explore shared reading practices in Luxembourg in two homes and two crèches with young children. The research found, firstly, that the quantity and quality of talk of the educators differed, and secondly, that the language use of the parents and educators as well as the adult-child interaction patterns varied. In only one setting were children asked higher-level questions. Claudine will argue that is important to engage children in deeper conversations about text.

Claudine Kirsch is a full professor in Education at the University of Luxembourg. Her research interests include multilingualism; language learning and teaching; literacies; early childhood education; family language policies; well-being, and professional development. Her research projects address the need for innovative and inclusive teaching practices in superdiverse contexts.

Friday, 5 July 2024

Rama Mathew
Professor (Retired), Department of Education, Delhi University, India
Multilingual assessment of young learners: is it possible? Necessary?

This webinar will focus on multilingual/translanguaging practices are used by teachers extensively as a pedagogical device to teach different languages as well as other content subjects in countries like India. Therefore, classroom / formative assessment at least during primary years of schooling should allow and encourage translanguaging practices. Rama will demonstrate through assessment tasks how a fuller range of children’s language and cultural repertoires can be activated while at the same time developing them further.

Rama Mathew is an ELT consultant and retired Professor of Education from the University of Delhi where she was also Dean of the Faculty of Education. She has worked on many projects focusing on practitioner research, young learners as researchers, multilingual education and assessment. She loves working with teachers most.

Contact email for further information / queries: [email protected]

Magne Dypedahl
Carolyn McKinney
Sunny Man Chu Lau
Claudine Kirsch
Rama Mathew