Language as a Vehicle for Learning
Next year’s Ecolint Education Conference, hosted by the International School of Geneva, will take place as usual at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva from 9.00 (registration from 8.30) to 17.15 on Saturday 14th January 2012. Last year this annual event attracted 200 delegates from independent and state schools in Switzerland as well as from a large number of other countries. As in previous years the conference will be in both English and French, with simultaneous translation available throughout the day. The conference will be held in cooperation with the International Baccalaureate (IB) and with the International Schools Association (ISA).
Theme of the conference
This year’s conference theme will be Language as a Vehicle for Learning. The conference will focus on the idea that a language is not merely an academic subject or a skill that we appropriate, it is a means through which we develop higher order analytical and affective skills, intercultural awareness, conceptual thinking and metacognitive skills, to name a few of the key attributes.
The aim of the conference is to leave teachers and policy makers with ideas that will cause them to look at the way language is taught in their schools and to search for increasingly creative, innovative and dynamic ways of making language a vehicle for powerful holistic learning.
The conference will address questions such as the following
- What are some of the theories and practices that reinforce effective bilingual instruction?
- How have new technologies altered the way that language is used and, therefore, the way that it is or could be taught?
- What does the way that we use language tell us about our own belief systems and way of seeing the world and to what extent was the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein correct when he claimed that “the limits of my language are the limits of my world?”
We are delighted to announce that we have gathered an extremely distinguished panel of speakers for the conference:
Pro Vice Chancellor, Bangor University, who will talk on the theme of
Changing Perspectives in Bilingual Education.
Bangor University, who will present on the topic of
Language and the Internet.
University of Paris VII Diderot, who will talk on the idea of
Language as an Anti-Depressant.
There will be opportunities during the day for delegates to discuss in small groups the implications of the presentations for their own educational programmes. The conference will conclude with a round table of all speakers and representatives of the IB and the ISA.
Who is this conference for?
This conference should interest educational administrators and policy makers, principals of both state and international schools, those involved in teacher education, and teachers in all types of school, as well as anyone interested in the future development of school education.