The conference features four thematic tracks. Conference organizers welcome proposals (papers,
panels and workshops) that address these and other related questions.
1. Multilingual education: what and why
Objective: To increase general understanding of MLE, and adopt a common definition of MLE that is relevant in the Asian context (based on thorough discussion and revision of a background paper provided by the Asia MLE WG).
Some questions to be addressed :
How can the theories on bilingual/multilingual education, mother tongue instruction, and language acquisition inform teaching and learning practice in Asian contexts?
How is MLE conceptualized and understood in different contexts?
What do first language, home language and mother tongue mean in different
How are MLE principles applied at different levels of education: 1) early childhood
education; 2) primary education; and 3) adult education and learning?
What are the differences and similarities of MLE in various systems of education?
What are the roles of language and literacy in MLE?
What are the similarities and differences of bilingual and multilingual education in
general as well as mother tongue-based MLE?
What are the key issues and challenges involved in the concept of MLE?