The UMBC Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program
a Virtual Session in Recognition of
English Language Day
English in a Multilingual World
A conversation with Constant Leung
and Francis Hult
Friday, April 23
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Online - Eastern US Time
How can the power of English be balanced with respect for linguistic diversity? In this session, Constant Leung and Francis Hult discuss the state of English in the world today and the social responsibility of English language educators who teach multilingual student populations.
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Free Registration by e-mail to TESOL@umbc.edu
English Language Day is recognized by the United Nations each year on April 23rd. UN language days aim to raise awareness about global multilingualism and cultural diversity.
Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College London. His
research interests include academic literacies, additional/second language teaching
and assessment, language education policy, and teacher professional
development. He is Co-Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, Editor of Research
Issues of TESOL Quarterly, and serves as a member of the Editorial Boards of Australian
Review of Applied Linguistics, Language and Education, and the Modern Language
Journal. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). His work in developing
the English as an Additional Language Assessment Framework for Schools (funded by
the Bell Foundation) won the 2018 British Council ELTons international award for innovation.
Francis M. Hult is Professor and Director of the TESOL program at UMBC. His work at
the crossroads of sociolinguistics, discourse studies, and education focuses on
language policy, linguistic landscapes, and multilingual education. He serves on the
boards of several journals including International Multilingual Research Journal;
Language, Culture and Curriculum; Language Policy; and Pedagogical Linguistics. His
books include Educational Linguistics in Practice (with King) and Language Policy and Language Acquisition Planning (with Siiner and Kupisch). He is editor of the
Educational Linguistics book series for Springer, and together with Ofelia García he
edits the Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series for De Gruyter.