Multilingual Britain: Successes, challenges and future directions
Our 28th Annual Conference
Saturday November 21st 2020, 9am-5pm
Online Conference (via Zoom)
NALDIC’s 28th annual conference focuses on multilingual Britain and will look at the successes, challenges faced and future directions.
What are the formats for our new online conference?
Papers: These presentations are designed to provide time and space to report on classroom practice/ research findings related to the conference theme. Like a face-to-face conference, these sessions will be delivered ‘live’ (30 minutes including Q&A).
Posters: These are designed to provide opportunities to present a brief overview of classroom practice/ research. Like a face-to-face conference, the online posters will be available to view throughout the day.
Tickets are now available for our national conference taking place online in November.
* Institution members are part of an Institutional membership, which is only allowed 2 discounted (member) tickets per Institutional Membership. Institution members need to contact their institution to take one of these places or else purchase either the full-price, Non-member ticket or reduced-price Concessionary ticket
Kate Clanchy (FRSL MBE)
University of Reading
Kate Clanchy teaches all kinds of writing at graduate and undergraduate level with interests in education, creative multilingualism, refugee narratives, radio, short fiction, the essay, and poetry.
Kate Clanchy’s most recent books are the Orwell Prize winning Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, (Picador) and England, Poems from a School, a much acclaimed anthology of poems by young migrants all of whom had English as an additional language.
Dr Vicky Macleroy
Goldsmiths, University of London
Vicky Macleroy is a Reader in Education and Head of the Research Centre for Language, Culture and Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-ordinates the MA Children’s Literature: Creative Writing Pathway programme. Vicky’s research focuses on language development; creative writing practices; poetry; multiliteracies; and transformative pedagogy. Vicky has led research projects in the field of multilingualism and literacy. Vicky was principal investigator with Jim Anderson of a global literacy project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, ‘Critical Connections Multilingual Digital Storytelling’ (2012-2017), that uses digital storytelling to support engagement with language learning and digital literacy. Vicky continues to lead multilingual digital storytelling projects funded by the Language Acts and Worldmaking AHRC project and a public engagement grant from Goldsmiths (2018-2021).
Dr. Bonny Norton (FRSC)
University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Bonny Norton (FRSC) is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her primary research interests are identity and language learning, digital storytelling, and open technology. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Educational Research Association, she was awarded BC CUFA 2020 Academic of the Year for her leadership of the Global Storybooks project (https://globalstorybooks.net/).
We are delighted to introduce the sponsors of 2020 NALDIC online conference. We are grateful for their support in making this important event happen under the challenging and ever changing conditions we are all affected by this year.
Gold Sponsor: Learning Village
The Learning Village is an image-based English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme for learners in English-medium schools. It follows a blended approach, with a comprehensive online programme supported by offline, teacher-directed learning. Suitable for learners of any language background, it is also ideal for learners who are not yet literate. The programme is divided into two parts: The Village, for learners aged 6 to 14 years, and The Islands, for learners aged 11 to 18 years.
The programme has three strands. It teaches everyday survival language, helping learners with functional social language and the language of learning. It includes a full phonics programme, leading on to teaching the first 2,000 high frequency words to support learners with decoding the English script. Additionally, it includes academic and technical curriculum language to support learners with accessing the curriculum – primary and secondary – through curriculum content vocabulary and language structures.
Gold Sponsor: FlashAcademy®
For schools seeking to fully unlock the potential of their pupils with EAL, FlashAcademy® is a digital platform that accelerates English acquisition three times faster than the national average. The platform helps pupils acquire specific curriculum English as well as every-day vocabulary, enabling them to achieve across all school subjects and develop their social connections. FlashAcademy® provides schools with a complete remote learning strategy for this disadvantaged group of pupils, helping teachers fully track pupil progress and supporting pupils to outperform typical rates of progress. Based on observed outcomes to date, FlashAcademy® can help over 60% of pupils improve by one or more EAL proficiency grades over a 12 month period, compared with the national average of only 18%.
Bronze Sponsor: Multilingual Matters
Multilingual Matters is an independent academic book publisher based in Bristol, UK. We strive to publish the very best textbooks and research monographs and are proud of our long history of publishing innovative and influential research. We publish in the fields of applied linguistics, language education, multiliteracies, multicultural education, immigrant language learning and second language acquisition. We strongly believe that multilingualism is a positive for everyone, not just the privileged few. We publish books at the cutting-edge of research on topics ranging from reclaiming, revitalising and decolonising minority languages to contemporary approaches to second, foreign, bilingual and other forms of language education. Everyone has the right to speak the languages that are important to them and our goal is to publish books which promote this, particularly in the case of migrants, minorities and indigenous people.
As a special offer for the attendees of the NALDIC conference, Multilingual Matters is offering a selection of titles at a 40% discount. The offer is available on all orders made using the code NALDIC40 on our website by the 15th December 2020.
View the selection of books and click on the book cover to be taken to the book’s page on the website.
BECOME A SPONSOR!
As in previous years, we are delighted to work with companies and organisations whose values align with NALDIC, to deliver an exciting professional development and networking event that supports EAL practitioners, researchers and policy makers – ultimately leading to improved educational outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children in our schools.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors we are able to make the conference accessible to many more teachers.
Email email@example.com with questions or for a conversation about the ways in which you can support the event.