4th International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity in Schools and Society

Registration is now open for the 4th Edition of the Colloquium, which will be held in Soria, Spain, July 4-6, 2018. The event, organized by the Loyola Marymount University School of Education (Los Angeles, CA), with the support of the Department of Culture of the City of Soria, welcomes professionals, college students, and any individual interested in these issues. Participants attending at least 85% of the 20 contact hours will receive a certificate of attendance from the LMU School of Education.


Plenary Speakers

Desmond Odugu, Lake Forest College: "Critical Turns in Multilingual Education and Social Change: Africa and Beyond"

Jesús Sanz, Convivencia Cívica Catalana: "The Importance of the Mother Tongue in Education: The Case of Catalonia"


The current increase in migration patterns, national and international relocations, and transnationalism raises a myriad issues affecting populations worldwide: Sense of belongingness; fitting in; gains and losses; the idea of "home"; living between two worlds; new linguistic, educational, ethnic, and cultural realities and needs,... With these questions in mind, the Colloquium revolves around the following topics:

  • Impact of bi/multilingualism- and multi/transculturalism-related issues on families, schools, and society
  • Impact of bi/multilingualism and of multi/transculturalism on individuals' and societies' perceptions of language, culture, and identity
  • Language ideologies, policies, and practices
  • Promotion, maintenance, and development of minority and heritage languages
  • Language spread, maintenance, and loss
  • Implementation and outcomes of immersion, transitional, and two-way bilingual programs
  • Code switching, code mixing, and translanguaging
  • Pidgins and creoles
  • Idioglossia
  • Sign languages (International, American, Nicaraguan,...)
  • Linguistic landscape
  • Language brokers
  • Generation 1.5
  • Impact of immigration on families and individuals
  • 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-related issues, including differences between teachers and students
  • Other pertinent topics per the Organizing Committee

Information on Proceeding submission procedures will be forwarded to participants upon registration.

For more information, please email Francisco Ramos, Director of the Colloquium, at internationalcolloquium@lmu.edu