The 1 International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Naima Trimasse
contact email: 

The Laboratory of Values, Society and Development (LVSD)

The 1st International Conference on

Multilingualism and Multilingual Education

9 - 10 May, 2018

Call for papers

The laboratory of Values, Society and Development (LVSD) (research groups: Language and Culture; Language Contact and Language Policy) organizes its First International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education on May, 9-10, 2018, at the Center of Letters and Human Sciences, Ait Melloul University Campus (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco).

Over the past decades, research has focused on both individual and societal multilingualism. A great number of people are multilingual and use more than two languages in their everyday life. These languages differ in statuses as majority/minority languages both in their community and internationally; some of the languages are used primarily in the private domain while others are used primarily in public domains, such as work or school. Hence, multilingualism is not exceptional but more frequent than might be commonly thought. Individual and societal multilingualism are strongly interrelated and characterized by the occurrence of certain issues such as how sociocultural parameters determine the choice of language, persistent language conflicts, concepts of identity, and symbolic struggles over religious, ethnic, cultural or national identity. These issues occur strongly in the educational systems and institutions of the multilingual communities.

Multilingual education refers to educational programs that use languages other than the first languages as media of instruction or teach additional languages as school subjects aiming at developing communicative proficiency in more than two languages. In order to attain this aim, these programs have to utilize complex educational planning to accommodate multiple language aims, curricular materials and teaching strategies. This aim can be challenging given that multilingual education is linked to the sociolinguistic context in which it takes place and has to take into consideration the status and use of the languages involved.

This conference aims to bring together academic scientists and researchers to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of multilingual education. It aims also at providing an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present a discussion of the most recent innovations, trends and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field of multilingual education.

We welcome papers on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

  1. 1-  Theoretical approaches to multilingualism.

  2. 2-  Language policy and language management in educational domains.

  3. 3-  Pedagogical implications of multilingualism.

  4. 4-  Multilingualism and language contact processes: code switching, borrowing...etc.

  5. 5-  Multilingualism and language attitudes.

  6. 6-  Multilingualism, multiculturalism and identity.

  7. 7-  Psycholinguistic studies of multilingualism.

  8. 8-  Child multilingual language development.

  9. 9-  Multiple language acquisition and learning.

  10. 10-  Multilingualism and translation.

  11. 11-  Multilingualism, literature and cultural studies.

  12. 12-  Literacy in multilingual education.

  13. 13-  Intercultural and globalization issues related to multilingualism.

    Important Dates

- Participants are invited to submit abstracts of their presentations (no more than 300 words) and a short bio by January15, 2018. The scientific committee will announce decisions and notify the panelists by January 30, 2018.

- Full versions of the articles should be submitted by March 1, 2018.
- Participants will be notified of the status of their full text submissions by March 30, 2018.

Registration Fees

Registration fees

- Faculty members and researchers: 1000 MAD (100USD)
- Students: 500 MAD (50USD)
The registration fee covers Documents of the conference, coffee breaks and lunches during the days of the conference.

Further information on accommodation will be available short after the publication of selected abstracts.

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Dr. Naima Trimasse
Tel: 212662511210

Conference Languages

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Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)

- Dr. Abdelghani EL KHAIRAT

  • -  Dr. Abdellah GHAICHA

  • -  Dr. Abdelmajid RIDOUANE

  • -  Dr. Hassane OUDADENE

  • -  Dr. Kamal SBIRI

  • -  Dr. Mohamed ELFATIHI

  • -  Dr. Mohamed ELGHAZI

  • -  Dr. Mustapha KHAROUA

  • -  Dr. Naima OMARI

  • -  Dr. Naima TRIMASSE

  • -  Dr. Redouane MADAOUI

  • -  Dr. Seddik OUBOULAHCEN

  • -  Dr. Youssef TAMER

    Scientific Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • -  Dr. Abdelghani EL KHAIRAT (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Abdellah GHAICHA (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Abdelaati AZAYANI (CRMEF, Inzegane)

  • -  Dr. Abdelmajid RIDOUANE (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Abderrahman ELMAHI (CRMEF, Inzegane)

  • -  Dr. Abdesalam SOUDI (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

  • -  Dr. Angeles Vicente SANCHEZ (University of Zaragossa, Spain)

  • -  Dr. Azalarab QORCHI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Driss Rhomar (CRMEF Tangier)

  • -  Dr. Elhassane BENABBOU (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Fatima ECHAABI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Hassane OUDADENE (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Hind BRIGUI (Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra)

  • -  Dr. Jan Jaap DE RUITER (Tilburg University, Netherlands).

  • -  Dr. Jihad HAMDAN (University of Jordan, Jordan)

  • -  Prof. Jopi NYMAN (University of Eastern Finland)

  • -  Dr. Kamal SBIRI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Mohamed ELFATIHI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Mohamed ELGHAZI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Montserrat BENITEZ FERNANDEZ (The School of Arabic Studies, Spain)

  • -  Dr. Mustapha KHAROUA (University of Eastern Finland)

  • -  Dr. Naima OMARI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Naima TRIMASSE (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Rachid RIDOUANE (CNRS, Sorbonne university, France)

  • -  Dr. Redouane MADAOUI (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Seddik OUBOULAHCEN (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Shehdeh FAREH (University of Sharjah, UAE)

  • -  Dr. Yassmina EL HADDAD (Leiden University, Netherlands)

  • -  Dr. Youssef TAMER (Ibn Zohr University, Agadir)

  • -  Dr. Zakariaa ESSARTI (Diae Center of Conferences and Studies)

    Ph.D. Students Committee (in alphabetical order)

- Abdelaziz Ait Taleb - Abderrahim Mimmouni

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Aziz Driouch

Mohsine Wahib

Belqassem Laghfiri

Mustapha Raissi

Elmostapha Omarakly

Tarik Lahyani

Hassan Laaloua

Yassine Ait Hammou

Mohamed Akharraz

Zakaria Jamaati

Mohamed Akklouch