language revitalization

CFP: 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity

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Kia Ora and welcome to the LED 2015 conference.

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  • When: Monday 23 November – Thursday 26 November 2015
  • Where: Owen G. Glenn Building, the University of Auckland, New Zealand

The 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED2015) focuses specifically on the impact of increased cultural linguistic diversity, at both national and supranational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy and practice of language education. As such, LED provides an attested international forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical debate, on the often-complex interconnections between diversity and language education.


Call for Papers

LED 2015 invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, symposia and posters.

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2015

Presentation formats

  • Symposium (short) 1.5 hours with 3 contributors
  • Symposium (long) 3 hours with a minimum of 5-6 contributors
  • Papers 25 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/responses
  • Posters (to be displayed at designated times throughout the conference)

Abstracts should address directly at least one of the key strands of the conference:

  • Bilingual/immersion/indigenous language education
  • English language teaching
  • Language policy and planning
  • Literacy education (educational and/or community-based)

All abstracts will be double blind reviewed.


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International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC)

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The 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC), “Enriching Theory, Practice, & Application,” will be held February 26-March 1, 2015, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu. The 4th ICLDC is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The conference program will feature two keynote talks, an integrated series of Master Class workshops and four Special Sessions on Pedagogy in Language Conservation. An optional Hilo Field Study (on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi) to visit Hawaiian language revitalization programs in action will immediately follow the conference (March 2-3).
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CFP: Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS)

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10th Annual Symposium

“Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The University of British Columbia (SWINGS Bldg Venue TBA)


We are accepting submissions for presentations (20 minutes) followed by discussion (10 minutes) on topics related to intercultural issues. The theme for this year, “Intercultural Research: Looking Back, Looking Forward” is intentionally broadly-stated so as to provide a forum where multiple perspectives from across a spectrum of issues can be shared and discussed.

Reports on small/large-scale research projects, research proposals, preliminary results of ongoing work, or teaching workshops on intercultural topics are all welcome. While the working language of the Symposium is English, we encourage proposals that are written in French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Summaries of presentations and selected peer reviewed full papers will be published in the online 2014 CILS Symposium proceedings after the symposium.

Your submission should include:

 Your name(s)

 Your affiliation(s) (e.g. UBC, Department of Asian Studies)

 Format of presentation (paper or workshop)

 A title (max. 10 words)

 Abstract of your proposed presentation (max. 250 words)

 Short description (max. 100 words) for inclusion in the program

 Keywords (up to five)

 A/V needs (all presenters will be asked to supply their own laptops). All rooms are equipped with digital projectors.

Proposals will be reviewed as they are received and authors notified as soon as possible.

This Call for Papers closes on February 28, 2013. Submit your proposal by February 28 at:

If you have any questions, please email Natalia Balyasnikova at с


First Voices: Language Archives Celebrating World Indigenous Cultures

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New App enables Indigenous language speakers to text in their languages

Brentwood Bay, B.C. – FirstVoices Chat, an Indigenous language texting app for Facebook Chat
and Google Talk, is now available at the Apple App Store as a free download for iPad, iTouch
and iPhone. The app contains custom keyboards for hundreds of Indigenous languages in
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The app can be downloaded from:

“We’re excited to launch this new piece of technology, which allows First Nations people to
return to the everyday use of their heritage languages using their mobile devices,” said Peter
Brand, FirstVoices Manager at the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “The primary audience for
the new app is First Nations youth, but we expect the positive effects of these innovative literacy
tools to ripple out to speakers and learners of all ages.”

FirstVoices Chat was developed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council with funding from the
First Nations Technology Council. “The First Nations Technology Council is thrilled to
participate in the development of a tool that contributes to First Nations language revitalization
by enabling their use in daily conversations,” said Norm Leech, Executive Director of the FNTC.
The development of the keyboarding technology at the core of FirstVoices Chat was funded by
the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

Samantha Etzel, one of eight SENĆOŦEN language apprentices at the LÁU,WELNEW Tribal
School in Brentwood Bay, B.C. says, “It is exciting when my daughter asks me to text words to
her in our language. To have the technology at our fingertips adds to ways of learning for our
community members who live off-reserve, but still have a desire to learn.”

FirstVoices Chat had a high profile introduction in Vancouver on February 24. Their Honours
Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and his wife Gwendolyn, long-time language champions of
the Sto:lo First Nation, exchanged their first text message in their Halq’eméylem language
before several hundred delegates at the First Nations Technology Council ICT Summit.

About the First Peoples’ Cultural Council
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a B.C. Crown Corporation with the mandate to support
First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. FPCC has distributed
more than $22 million to B.C. Aboriginal communities since 1990.

To learn more please visit:


First Peoples’ Cultural Council:

First Nations Technology Council: