ESRC Seminar series The Multilingual University: The impact of linguistic diversity in higher education in English-dominant and EMI contexts

Final conference: The linguistic landscape in higher education in English dominant and EMI settings: Future directions

UCL Institute of Education 8-9 July 2016

Day 1: Friday 8 July 2016

9.15                     Registration and tea/ coffee (room 639)

Morning session (Room 642)

10.00                Welcome and introduction: Siân Preece

10.10-11.10       Keynote

Karen M. Lauridsen (Centre for Teaching and Learning, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University Denmark)

Languages + Internationalisation and the multilingual university

11.10                     Coffee/ tea (Room 639)

11.30-13.00        Parallel papers

  Session A Chair: Li Wei (Room 642) Session B Chair: Joanna McPake (Room 802)
11.30-12.00 John Pill (American University of Beirut)

Connecting test and context: revising an English language admissions test at an EMI university in Lebanon

Clare Dalziel and Francesca Helm (University of Padova)

From prohibition to choice: Exploring language practices in an Italian university

12.00-12.30 Penny Kinnear (University of Toronto)

Early English language assessment to improve first-year success of engineering students

Reka Jablonkai (University of Hertfordshire)

EMI programmes at a Hungarian university: the lecturers’ perspective

12.30-13.00 Saskia Van Viegen Stille, Valia Spiliotopolous and Joel Heng-Hartse, (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Towards a disciplinary literacy approach to supporting EAL students in higher education

Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University, Brisbane)

The increasing use of EMI in Asian Universities: challenges and prospects


13.00                       Lunch (Room 639)


Afternoon Session (room 642) Chair: David Block

14.00-15.00        Keynote

Steve Marshall (Simon Fraser University)

From celebrating multilingualism to promoting plurilingual pedagogy. A view from Canadian higher education.

15.00-15.45       Panel 1

UCL staff-student ChangeMakers Project team: Siân Preece (panel convenor), Arnaldo Griffin, Yu Hao and Gozzal Utemuratova  (UCL IOE)

Making the most of linguistic diversity: the views and practices of bi/multilingual postgraduate students

15.45                   Coffee/ tea (Room 639)

16.05 -17.05     Keynote

Kristina Hultgren (Open University)

EMI and multilingualism in non-English-dominant universities: reflecting on symptoms and root causes

17.05-17.30       Group discussion/ concluding remarks

17.30-18.30        Reception. All Welcome. Venue TBC


Day 2: Saturday 9 July

9.30-10.00 Registration   (room 639)

Morning session (room 642) Chair: Siân Preece

10.00-10.55      Panel 2

Gillian Lazar (panel convenor, Middlessex University), Julio Gimenez (University of Westminster), Alexandra Pitt (Middlesex University), Victoria Odeniyi, (UCL IOE/ University of Leicester)

Widening (linguistic) participation and pedagogy for inclusion: ways forward

10.55                  Coffee/ tea (Room 639)

11.15-12.45        Parallel papers

  Session A Chair: Adrian Blackledge (Rm 642)  Session B Chair: Li Wei (Rm 675)
11.15-11.45 Diane Schmitt (Nottingham Trent University)

The language paradox in international education

Stephen Evans (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Language in Hong Kong higher education: Perspectives on policy and practices in a time of transition

11.45-12.15 Luke Holmes (University of Birmingham)

Silence in the multilingual postgraduate classroom

Fiona Dunn (University of Glasgow)

Normalising minority language usage among young Gaelic-speaking adults in Scotland

12.15-12.45 Bruce Russell (New College, University of Toronto) and Saskia Stille (Simon Fraser University)

Deepening aims of EAP:  Supporting dynamic and complex bilingual competence needed for academic success in higher education

Joanna McPake (University of Strathclyde), Fiona O’Hanlon (University of Edinburgh), Mary Andrew (University of Edinburgh), Ann Macdonald (University of Strathclyde) & Mona Wilson (University of Strathclyde)

Eadar-chànanachadh: Gaelic-medium teachers’ perspectives on translanguaging


12.45 Lunch (Room 639)


Afternoon session (room 642) Chair: Angela Creese

13.45-14.45        Keynote

Jason Cenoz (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU) and Durk Gorter (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU & IKERBASQUE – Basque Foundation for Science)

Higher Education in the Basque Country: Revitalization and Internationalisation

14.45                    Tea/ coffee

15.05                     Final discussion led by ESRC seminar series investigators

16.00                   Close