This event, which took place at the University of Reading, England, on 21-22 March 2019, was hosted by the Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) of the University of Reading and supported by the University of Cambridge, the University of Westminster and Prifysgol Caerdydd/Cardiff University.
The focus of the symposium was on mediation as a critical aspect of communication, particularly in multilingual and multicultural educational settings, and as a crucial competence involving vision, creativity and skills. European scholars and artists discussed points having to do with the idea that, while appreciating creativity and vision in works of art and in well-translated texts which are produced by professionals, communicative mediation skills for everyone may and should be developed effectively in pedagogical contexts that aim at educating learners so that they may become plurilingual, multiliterate, life-long learners, able to communicate effectively in multilingual settings, dealing successfully with linguistic and discursive diversity, as well as with multimodal forms of linguistic expression and representation.
Links to presentations in green
MEDIATION AS NEGOTIATION OF SOCIALLY SITUATED MEANINGS WITHIN AND ACROSS LANGUAGES
Prof. Bessie Dendrinos
MEDIATION AND PLURILINGUAL COMPETENCE: SYNERGIES AND IMPLICATIONS
Video presentation by Prof. Enrica Piccardo
TRANSNATIONALIZING MODERN LANGUAGES AND THE QUESTION OF MEDIATION
Prof. Charles Burdett
MEDIATION AS AN ART AND VISUAL ART AS MEDIATION
Visual Artists Chris Biddlecombe and Guðrún Gísladóttir
THE ECML CALL FOR PROJECTS
Video presentation by ECML director, Sarah Breslin
MULTILINGUALISM AND MULTILITERACY IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN INDIA
Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli
TRANSLANGUAGING AS MEDIATION IN AND BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Prof. Angela Creese
CROSS LANGUAGE MEDIATION AND TRANSLANGUAGING PEDAGOGIES IN REFUGEE SETTINGS
Prof. Tony Capstick
LANGUAGE RESEARCH AND MEDIATION IN SCHOOLING FOR REFUGEES
Prof. George Androulakis
QUESTIONS REGARDING MEDIATION PRACTICES IN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND TESTING
Dr. Robert Williams
THE ROLE OF TRAINING FOR METALINGUISTIC AWARENESS AS MEDIATION IN MULTILINGUAL LEARNING CONTEXTS
Prof. Ulrike Jessner
A TOOL WITHIN THE TOOL OF LANGUAGE: METAPHOR’S ROLE IN THE UNDERSTANDING AND SHAPING OF LANGUAGE LEARNER AND LANGUAGE TEACHER BELIEFS
Dr. Linda Fisher
SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORMS AND LANGUAGE BACKGROUND PROFILING: MODERN DAY MEDIATION TOOLS BETWEEN PARENTS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Assoc. Prof. Nikolay Slavkov
Photos from Day 1 – click to enlarge photos.
Photos from Day 2 – click to enlarge photos.