The Call for Proposals (English and Spanish) and Registration are now open for the III International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society, which will be held in Soria, Spain, July 5-7, 2017. The Colloquium is organized by the Loyola Marymount University School of Education (Los Angeles, California), with the support of the Department of Culture of the City of Soria. 

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Alan Crawford, Emeritus Professor, California State University, Los Angeles: "Bi/Trilingual Education in Central Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America: Major Concepts and Issues."


The influx of immigrants in countries worldwide, coupled with the challenges associated to the schooling of their children in host countries' schools, makes it more necessary than ever to broaden our knowledge of the linguistic, ethnic, and cultural realities derived from this phenomenon. This is the rationale for the present Colloquium, which revolves around the following topics:

  • Individual, school, and societal bilingualism/multilingualism-related issues
  • Multi/Transculturalism-related issues in families, schools, and society
  • Impact of bi/multilingualism on individuals' and societies' language, culture, and identity
  • Impact of multi/transculturalism on individuals' and societies' language, culture, and identity
  • Language ideologies, policies, and practices
  • Promotion, maintenance, and development of minority and heritage languages
  • Impact of language loss on individuals' perception of culture and identity
  • Implementation and outcomes of immersion, transitional, and two-way bilingual programs
  • Use of students' native languages in the classroom
  • Code switching, Code mixing, and Translanguaging
  • Creation and use of Pidgins and Creoles
  • Idioglossia
  • Sign languages (International, American, Nicaraguan,...)
  • Linguistic landscape
  • Impact of immigration on families and individuals
  • Language brokers
  • Generation 1.5
  • Third Culture Kids, Adult Third Culture Kids, Cross-Cultural Kids, and Global nomads
  • Kaigai-shijo and Kikoku-shijo
  • Military brats, missionary kids, and borderlanders
  • Education of refugees, newcomers, and international orphans and adoptees
  • Ethnic and cultural identity issues
  • Ethnic and cultural differences between teachers and students
  • Other pertinent topics per the Organizing Committee

The Colloquium welcomes professionals, college students, and any individuals interested in these issues. Participants attending at least 85% of the Colloquium's 20 contact hours will receive a certificate of attendance from the School of Education at LMU.

For more information, please email Francisco Ramos, Director of the Colloquium, at