Conference Announcements

SME 2018

Symposium on Multilingualism and Education: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

Mon, 07 May 2018 – Tue, 08 May 2018

This symposium will bring together researchers and education practitioners who are interested in multilingualism and education in Norway and beyond. We will explore the intersection of multilingualism and education from a broad and inclusive perspective, across a variety of disciplines and contexts. Through presentations, discussion panels, and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to share insights and strategies, considering:

  • What is the importance of multilingualism across different disciplines and school subjects? What roles does multilingualism play in second and foreign language teaching and learning?
  • Which policies and practices are supporting quality multilingual education in different contexts?
  • What are the challenges experienced by schools and educators who serve multilingual students? What strategies can help to address these challenges?
  • How do multilingual education strategies impact students from marginalized communities?
  • What insights do the perspectives, concepts and terminologies of different disciplines offer in addressing these concerns?

There will be an emphasis on multilingualism and education in Scandinavia, with select contributions from scholars representing international perspectives.

Plenary presentations will be given by Prof. Nancy H. Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Prof. Hilde Sollid (UiT The Arctic University of Norway).

Call for participation is now closed-- everyone who submitted an abstract will be notified of decisions by the end of November.

Symposium attendance

The symposium is organized by the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan and the research group SISCO at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research. It will be held on the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo.

Attendance is free, but advance registration is required to facilitate organization. Teachers, students and other practitioners from all levels of education are encouraged to attend. It is possible to register for one or both days: the first day is oriented towards practitioners, teachers and researchers and the second day is particularly oriented (but not limited) to researchers. Norwegian and English will be used on the first day, and English will be the main language of the second day.

Please register via the form on this website by 9 April, 2018: Registration in English, Bokmål or Nynorsk (via Nettskjema)

Several scholarships for student presenters of up to 2000 NOK will be awarded on the basis of need and the merit of submitted proposals. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please include a note explaining your situation and your interest in the symposium when you submit your proposal.

Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo
Conference Website:
Helga Engs Hus

Universitetet i Oslo, Sem Sælands vei 7, 0371 Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Oslo