Language diversity, education, and social participation, Hamburg International Summer School, Germany (but virtual). July 5-30, 2021. Deadline: open until all spaces filled.
The program consists of four modules:
- Key issues in multilingualism
- Language development and education in multilingual settings
- Language diversity in formal and informal settings
- Multilingual learning motivation in a foreign language context
Linguistic (as well as cultural and social) diversity are basic characteristics of today’s societies. Their causes include, among others, increasing migration, globalisation, new technical possibilities of communication, and interactions across traditional borders. Using three nations with significant migration – Australia, China and Germany – as examples, we will explore how increasing diversity affects education and social participation, and what policies and discourses have been developed in response to linguistic diversity. Despite their different socio-political traditions in dealing with migration, the challenges and responses to linguistic diversity in the three countries share many similarities. Central among these is that linguistic diversity continues to be a central factor in social exclusion in the three countries.
The Summer School is suitable for graduate students and will be taught by a group of academics from Hamburg University (Germany), Macquarie University (Australia), Fudan University (China), and several other Asian, European, and North American universities. The fee of Euro200 also includes one week of German language lessons! Discounts are available for students from partner universities, and scholarships for students from low-income countries.