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What do we know about communication in superdiverse cities?

G39 School of Education
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Tuesday 24th May 2016 (16:30-18:00)
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Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) Lectures

BEP in conjunction with the School of Education and the Public Service Academy at the University of Birmingham is delighted to invite you to 'What do we know about?' A series of BEP and PSA Seminars for Headteachers and senior leaders.

The speakers at this seminar will be Adrian Blackledge, Professor of Bilingualism and Angela Creese, Professor of Educational Linguistics, School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Did you know that:

  • In superdiverse cities more than 300 languages and varieties are spoken daily
  • When students are encouraged to use the full range of their language resources they learn more effectively than if they are required to use only the target language
  • The best way to learn a new language is to maintain literacy learning and practice in the first language
  • When multilingual students use a mixed linguistic repertoire this supports rather than hinders their learning
  • Multilingual people normally ‘translanguage’ rather than keeping their languages separate – that is, they make the best use of their language resources
  • In superdiverse cities multilingualism is a resource for communication

Refreshments will be served from 4.00pm and there will be an opportunity for networking in advance of the seminar.

Venue: G39, School of Education, University of Birmingham (Please note that this is a change of venue) 

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