UNESCO’s free advocacy kit for promoting multilingual education

October 24, 2012

UNESCO multilingualism Sarah Elaine Eaton blogUNESCO has a number of initiatives on the go to promote multilingual, bilingual and mother-tongue education. They have come out with a new advocacy kit designed to help raise awareness about the importance of multilingual education. The toolkit is for:

  • education practitioners (teachers)
  • education specialists (learning leaders)
  • policy makers

The kit is a 109-page free, downloadable .pdf. It is very cool. Get yours here.


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Lifelong Language Learning: Benefits for 21st Century Global Citizens

April 1, 2011

University of CalgaryApril 2 – 9, 2001 is International Adult Learners’ Week. The Language Research Centre, in conjunction with Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and UNESCO, is hosting a panel discussion on the importance of lifelong language learning, mutilingualism and multiculturalism.

This panel brings together thought leaders from a variety of organizations in Calgary who are experts on language learning, multilingualism and multiculturalism. They will share their views on the importance of language learning in the 21st century and its relevance to us as Calgarians, Canadians and global citizens.

Expert panelists include:

  • Mr. Wayne Cao, MLA Calgary Fort (to be confirmed)
  • Dr. Mary O’Brien, Director, Language Research Centre
  • Dr. Rahat Naqvi, Associate Director, Language Research Centre
  • Dr. Jürgen Meisel, Distinguished Fellow, Language Research Centre
  • Mr. Michael Gretton, Southern Alberta Heritages Language Association (SAHLA)
  • Ms. Shaheen Murji, Mount Royal University, International Education and Past President, Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language

    Wayne Cao, MLA, Calgary Fort and Dr. Sarah Eaton

    Mr. Wayne Cao, MLA, Calgary Fort with me, holding the "Advantage for Life" CD produced by the Language Research Centre. This photo was taken at the IALW event.

Student Discussant: Ms. Jacqueline Warrell, PhD Candidate, Graduate Division of Educational Research

Event host: Dr. Sarah Eaton, Research Associate, Language Research Centre

The Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education (IISLE) will join us via videoconference from Edmonton.

For more information, visit these websites:

Alberta Advanced Education and Technology (AAET)
Language Research Centre

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“Literacy and Empowerment: A contribution to the debate”

May 3, 2010

UNESCO has recently released “Literacy and Empowement: A contribution to the debate: Background study commissioned in the framework of the United Nations Literacy Decade”. Written by Nelly P. Stromquist, University of Maryland, this 13-page report delves into these topics:

  • Defining the concept of empowerment
  • Literacy and empowerment: The research evidence
  • Taking empowerment seriously

Stromquist shares key insights such as, “Learning is always a situated practice, within a specific cultural, institutional, and historical context. Learning is developmental in nature as students learn in different ways and at different times in their academic and ordinary lives.” (p. 7) and “there is an urgent need to reconceptualize adult literacy, all the way from program design to instructional approaches, from objectives to criteria for successful impact, from instructor/facilitator training to provision of graduated reading materials”.

This report is concise, easy-to-read and provocative. Here’s the direct download link: unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001876/187698e.pdf

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