International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and Heritage
(1) Conference: 18-19 December 2017
(2) Registration: now until 19 December 2017

2 November 2017 - 19 December 2017

9:00 to 18:00

Cho Yiu Conference Hall
& Lecture Theatre 5, Lee Shau Kee Building,
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Boping YUAN
Dr. Yongcan LIU
Prof. Maria POLINSKY
Prof. Yang ZHAO
Prof. Margaret DEUCHAR
Prof. Audrey LI
Dr. Gigi LUK
Prof. Virginia YIP
Dr. Angel CHAN
Dr. Xiangjun DENG
Dr. Ting DING
Prof. Mary ERBAUGH
Dr. Yanyu GUO
Dr. Amy Fang-Yen HSIEH
Dr. Xuhui HU
Prof. Yinglin JI
Dr. Elaine LAU
Dr. Diana LEE
Dr. Connie LUM
Dr. Ziyin MAI
Dr. Peggy MOK
Dr. Ruying QI
Dr. Pei Pei SETOH
Ms. Ai Ling THIAN
Dr. Lucy ZHAO
Dr. Rebecca Lurie STARR

Early bird (till November 15)

Online registration:

University of Cambridge - Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism (JLB)
Tel:(852) 3943-1995

Event Details:

The International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and Heritage is an inaugural conference that officially launches the newly established University of Cambridge - Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism (JLB). We aim to provide an international forum to promote and disseminate research in bilingualism across the lifespan from infancy to early childhood and adulthood with a focus on the acquisition of Chinese across linguistically diverse bilingual and multilingual contexts. The theme of the conference features bilingualism through the lens of the intricate relationship of language and heritage, in particular, the acquisition of language as a way to preserve and maintain a speaker and community's heritage and the challenges posed to language learners, researchers and educators.

The conference also features two panels that will be of interest to a wide spectrum of audience from diverse disciplines as well as the general public. The panels bring together researchers and practitioners from different countries including Australia, UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore to give an international perspective on issues in nurturing bilingualism in early childhood and heritage bilingualism across diverse contexts.

• Panel I: Bilingualism in early childhood education: research and practice
This panel focuses on issues in early childhood bilingualism and education, with the guiding assumption that research and practice can mutually inform each other. Panelists will highlight the importance of infant and child bilingualism research using methods from psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience and explore implications for developing programs and for practitioners in the classroom. The panel will be of interest to educators and language professionals concerned with bilingualism research and best practices in the local and international communities. 

• Panel II: Heritage bilingualism, education and society
This panel focuses on Chinese as a heritage language in overseas communities where English is the language of the community. As the learning and teaching of heritage Chinese has grown rapidly in recent years across many countries, the speakers will address issues in developing education programs for school age children and adult learners in diverse learning contexts. A key issue to be discussed is how knowledge of Chinese as a heritage language can be nurtured in English-dominant environments and how heritage bilingualism is vital to preserving the heritage and identity of the speaker.

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