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Durham University

UK LINGUA – Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium

UK LINGUA – Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium

UK Lingua 2018 (27 and 28 of April 2019)

CONFERENCE THEME : Culture in the Language Classroom

Current research shows that younger learners enjoy learning about how people live in other places, and that older students need to acquire cultural as well as linguistic proficiency to make the most of their language learning. Cultural instruction is ‘essential to any depth of understanding of the language, to the motivation and attitude of the student’ (Merrill Valdes, 1999: viii).

Some refer to culture as the ‘fifth skill’ in language learning, powerful but loosely defined, and within the subject content of the National Curriculum for all ages there is a cultural element, also loosely defined.

So, what exactly do we mean by culture and by the teaching of cultural content? How do we prevent ourselves from thinking in terms of stereotypes, and overcome this way of thinking in our students? Can we really teach a language without taking into account the cultural aspects of the places where that language is spoken?

The focus of UK Lingua 2019 will be Culture in the Language Classroom. This is understood in the widest sense and at all levels of instruction (primary, secondary, higher education, for all levels of ability). We do not limit it to accessing ‘high’ culture but include the exploration of everyday life, contemporary lifestyles, shallow and deep culture, pragmatics and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).

We invite the submission of papers on this and associated aspects of MFL learning and teaching.

All abstracts for proposed presentations, workshops or posters should be no more than 500 words.

Conference Venue

UK Lingua conference is based at the Chemistry Department, Durham University, Lower Mountjoy, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE.

Please see the link 'Getting to the conference' on the right for more information.

Prices

Lunch and refreshments on both days are included in the cost. Please take note that below are the early bird prices, applicable until Monday 8 April. After that the cost will go up by £5.00.

27 April only
28 April only
Both days
Speakers £25 £25 £40
Non Speakers £35 £35

£50

Submit an Abstract for a Paper

All abstracts for proposed presentations, workshops or posters should be no more than 500 words.
For further information please send an email to penelope.johnson@durham.ac.uk

Important Dates

Submission deadline: January 18th, 2019; Notification of acceptance: February 6th, 2019.

UK Lingua 2019 Sponsors