The 6th International Conference on Language and Education and the 13th Language and Development Conference
Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education
24-26 September 2019
The British Council has hosted the prestigious Language and Development Conference (LDC) on behalf of the Language and Development Trustees every other year for over a decade. Known for its contribution to furthering the debate around the role of languages, including English, in supporting global development priorities in education, health, employment and inclusion, the conference attracts over 500 policy makers, academics, education and development professionals and practitioners from all over the world.
Hosting the conference is one way we have demonstrated our commitment to a ‘do no harm’ approach to language education in developing contexts, situating English responses within a broader multilingual context and raising awareness of the risks associated with poor language policy choices on children who deserve access to education in a language they can understand.
Publication of our position paper on English as a Medium of Instruction in Low and Middle Income Countries has been widely quoted since its publication in 2017, and has cemented the British Council’s reputation as a serious player in the language and development field.
2019 Conference: Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education
This year the 13th Language and Development Conference (LDC) and the 6th Multilingual Education Conference hosted by UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (AP MLE WG) will come together to jointly address the important issues of inclusion, human mobility both forced and voluntary, multilingual education and development in a single event to be held in Bangkok 24 - 26 September 2019.
As a result of the partnership with UNESCO and the APMLE-WG, the British Council and the Language and Development Trustees, we anticipate the conference will attract more external visibility and profile than before. UNESCO are confident they will secure a number of VIP speakers and we have confirmation from the following high-profile plenary speakers from the UK, EU and EA.
Hywel Coleman, University of Leeds
|Member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics, Southern Multilingualism and Diversities Consortium and Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIN) author of numerous publications on language for development|
Psyche Kennett, Language and Development Conference Trustee and Consultant
Currently working with the Communicative Tamil for Special Purposes Language Programme, previous work includes leading classroom practice for displaced populations, humanitarian-development and school related gender-based violence
Professor Francois Grin, University of Geneva
|Head of Economy, Languages and Training, leader of the Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe group, author of over 200 articles, chapters, reports|
|Professor Isabel Pefianco, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines||Chair of the Department of English at Ateneo de Manila University known for her work situating English within a multilingual setting, with countless pieces published in internationally recognised publications|