Conference Agenda

See the amazing topics being discussed by experts from around the world at the Shifting Linguistic Landscapes Conference. Each session includes 30 minutes of instructions and 20 minutes dedicated to questions.

*All times are quoted in Mountain Time

*Registration is now closed but Alberta based teachers are encouraged to contact us.

Dr. Ofelia Garcia

Dr. Ofelia Garcia

8:00am: Opening and Introductions

The conference organizers Dr. Rahat Zaidi, Dr. Umit Boz and Eve Moreau will open with a welcoming address followed by students telling their stories of the meaning of language in their lives.

8:30am: Translanguaging and Multilingualism in Schools (Keynote Speaker)

Presented by Dr. Ofelia Garcia, she proposes that how we think about language has consequences for the education of all students, and especially in the minoritization of some. Taking the standpoint that language is the widely distributed human capacity to relate to others and to ideas, and that language is not simply a discrete label such as English or French, we will examine how this perspectival shift opens up spaces for pedagogical practices that expand the multilingual capacities of all language users. Besides clarifying the concept of translanguaging that underlies this framework, Dr. Garcia will give examples of how classroom teachers have taken up translanguaging to expand educational opportunities and multilingualism for all.

Sessions are concurrent.

  1. Éveil aux langues en contexte francophone canadien

    (Awakening to Languages in the francophonie in Canada)

    Presented by: Dr. Marie-Paule Lory

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  2. Linguistic landscapes in the foreign language classroom:

    A pathway to multilingual pedagogies and teacher professional development

    Presented by: Dr. Silvia Melo-Pfeifer

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  3. Identity, Investment, and Digital Storytelling for a Multilingual Future

    Presented by: Dr. Bonny Norton

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  4. Culturally Sustaining Teaching Practices in Elementary Classrooms with Multilingual Learners

    Presented by: Dr. Luciana de Oliveira

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Sessions are concurrent.

  1. Envisioning a Pedagogy of Cultural Reciprocity for Multilingual Learners in Transnational Contexts

    Presented by: Dr. Guofang Li

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  2. Literacies in Second Languages: A new language learning and teaching praxis

    Presented by: Dr. Raúl Alberto Mora

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  3. Pedagogies of belonging:

    Multilingual, transcultural and embodied language learning and identity positioning, as experienced by K-12 students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds

    Presented by: Dr. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou

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Sessions are concurrent.

  1. Reframing Language in Teaching and Learning:

    Building on Plurilingual Repertoires in Mainstream Classrooms

    Presented by: Dr. Jacqueline D’warte

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  2. Be(com)ing Plurilingual Allies and Activists:

    Fostering Cultural and Linguistic Collaboration in the Classroom

    Presented by: Dr. Gail Prasad

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  3. A (Trans)Raciolinguistic Approach for Literacy Classrooms

    Presented by: Dr. Patriann Smith

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