Applied Linguistics and Literacy
in Africa & the Diaspora Research Network

ALASA19 and Sintu7, Cape Town, July 2018

April 22nd, 2018

The 19th Interim Conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa Conference. Theme: “#African Languages and Protest” and Sintu7: 7th International Conference on Bantu languages at The River Club, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Dates: 9–11th July 2018

More information: caldi.uct.ac.za/…/ALASA19-Sintu7.pdf

International Congress of Linguists, Cape Town, July 2018

April 22nd, 2018

The Congress is held every five years, and is meant to showcase current developments in Linguistics. The Congress will run over five days, have a plenary panel on linguistics in South Africa, nine plenary speakers covering a range of major sub-fields, 10 paper sessions each with its own focus speaker, up to 30 workshops, and several poster sessions. While speakers and topics are drawn from a wide international pool, ICL 20 will take the additional opportunity of showcasing African language research. It will also cover applied linguistic areas of research of vital importance to the African continent and the 21st century at large, with a special extended session on Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development.

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Dates: 2–6th July 2018

Website: icl20capetown.com

World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9), Rabat, August 2018

April 22nd, 2018

World Congress of African Linguistics theme: “African Languages in a Global World: From Description to State Policies”

Venue: Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences- Mohammed V University in Rabat.

Dates: 25–28 August 2018

Website: 2018.wocal.net

Pre-WOCAL9 Training in Theory and Methods of Language Documentation

April 22nd, 2018

The ten-day training workshop on language documentation to share and transfer knowledge and skills about the methods and practices of language documentation will be held at The Netherlands Institute in Morocco (NIMAR), Rabat, Morocco, prior to the 9th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9). The training is intended for graduate students, early career researchers and linguistic faculty in Africa.

Venue: Netherlands Institute in Morocco (NIMAR), Rabat, Morocco

Dates: 11–20th August 2018

Website: liasig.wordpress.com

BAAL Language Policy Forum, May/June 2018

April 22nd, 2018

Theme: Language policy in the age of diversity: Dilemmas and hopes

Date: 31st May–1st June 2018

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Website: langpol.ac.uk/view/langpol/events/2018-lpforum

BAAL Language in Africa SIG Annual Conference, London, May 2018

April 22nd, 2018

This year’s BAAL Language in Africa SIG Annual Conference will be held at SOAS, University of London. The theme for this year’s conference is African Languages in Public Spaces: Opportunities and Challenges. The programme includes an exciting and varied range of speakers discussing the opportunities and challenges facing African languages across the continent. The keynote speaker is Professor Leketi Makalela (University of Witwatersrand).

Venue: SOAS, University of London, UK

Date: 11th May 2018

Website: liasig.wordpress.com/annual-conference-2018

7th Annual International Igbo Conference, London, April 2018

April 22nd, 2018

Theme of the conference: Memory, culture and Community: remembering the past, imagining the future.

Date: Saturday 21st April 2018

Venue: SOAS University of London

Website: here

The African Storybook goes global

December 5th, 2017

The African Storybook is the major provider of free and openly licenced stories in African languages, with more than 700 unique stories in over 100 African languages. A set of 40 stories from the African Storybook have now been translated into other languages and made available for a Canadian and Norwegian audience through Storybooks Canada and Barnebøker for Norge, respectively. These two websites also offer audio recordings of the stories in most languages.

 

Pre-WOCAL9 Training in Theory and Methods of Language Documentation, August, 2018

October 31st, 2017

The ten-day training workshop on language documentation to share and transfer knowledge and skills about the methods and practices of language documentation will be held at The Netherlands Institute in Morocco (NIMAR), Rabat, Morocco, prior to the 9th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9) to be held at Mohamed V University, Rabat (25–28 August, 2018). The training is intended for graduate students, early career researchers and linguistic faculty in Africa. The workshop is Sponsored by The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP), SOAS University of London. More information.

Pan African Reading for All Conference, Abuja, August 2017: CODE’s research seminar

October 31st, 2017

The initiative Context Matters is being established by CODE to lessen the reliance of practitioners in Africa on external evidence by supporting research which is clearly situated in local contexts and recognizes the multifarious and complex relationships between the local and global in education. As an initial step in developing an appropriate research agenda, CODE commissioned two landscape literature reviews and one policy analysis from Jennifer Thompson, Espen Stranger-Johannessen, and Kapil Dev Regmi, with peer input from faculty at numerous African universities. The literature reviews examine existing research on current literacy and language education in Africa as it relates to Girls’ Empowerment through Language and Literacy, and Africa Language and Literacy with a focus on ‘21st century skills’. The papers go on to identify promising and intriguing areas requiring attention including Gender, literacy, and the policy environment; The literacy practices of girls and boys in school and beyond; Sexual health literacies; Early childhood education related to African realities and practices; Mother tongue- based multilingual education; and Development and use of openly licensed learning materials. These reports were presented at the Pan African Reading for All Conference in Abuja, Nigeria.

The conference brought together 230 experts (214 from Africa) mainly from higher education, including teacher colleges, representing a total of 20 nations, 12 of which were African. To stimulate wider discussion and generate feedback related to priorities for future literacy research, the reviews were presented at the CODE Research Symposium, “Developing a Literacy Education Research Agenda in Africa.” The panelists addressed issues of language policy, teacher preparedness, and the how cultural practices impact literacy and learning. The feedback from the symposium addressed similar issues, including parents’ role in education, gender empowerment, language of instruction, and research methodologies. More information.