The start of a busy conference season for Multilingual Matters

7 March 2017

Laura at NABE 2017Last month I kick-started our 2017 conference attendance with a trip to the National Association of Bilingual Education
conference. Last year’s conference was in Chicago and this year the gathering moved south to the warmer climate of Dallas, Texas. Fresh off the press (so much so that I had to take them in my suitcase!) and highlights of the Multilingual Matters’ stand were Mahoney’s new book The Assessment of Emergent Bilinguals and the 6th edition of our bestselling textbook Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, which is now co-authored by Colin Baker and Wayne E. Wright (you can read more about that collaboration on our blog here).

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Next up on the Multilingual Matters conference schedule come the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and TESOL conferences and our editorial team will be heading to those gatherings which are due to take place on the west coast in Portland and Seattle later in March. We very much enjoyed our last trip to Portland for AAAL in 2014 and are looking forward to a bustling few days at the conferences. A particular highlight of the AAAL calendar will be the celebration that we’re hosting during the Monday afternoon coffee break at AAAL, to which all delegates are invited.

On return to the UK, Anna will be attending the iMean conference which is hosted right on our doorstep at the University of West of England, in Bristol. Jo Angouri is one of the organisers of the conference and also one of the series editors of our new Language at Work series. We are looking forward to introducing the delegates to the first book in the series, Medical Discourse in Professional, Academic and Popular Settings edited by Pilar Ordóñez-López and Nuria Edo-Marzá, which was published last year.

Later in the spring we’ll be exhibiting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in San Antonio, Texas and then in the summer we’ll be crossing the waters to Ireland for the International Symposium on Bilingualism, which is to be hosted by the University of Limerick.

We very much hope to see you at a conference somewhere this spring – please drop by the stand and say hello if you see us!

Laura


International Symposium on Bilingualism 2015

5 June 2015

Tommi and I recently attended the International Symposium on Bilingualism in New Brunswick, New Jersey organised by Rutgers University. Around 480 delegates attended, including many of our authors, so it was nice to catch up with people and meet others for the first time. At conferences people always appreciate being able to browse our books in a way that isn’t possible online and also make the most of the opportunity to buy the books at a special conference discount price!

Assessing Multilingual ChildrenOur most popular title by far was Sharon Armon-Lotem et al’s new volume Assessing Multilingual Children which was published earlier this year. People were also interested in titles from our Bilingual Education and Bilingualism book series as well as other volumes on bi- and multilingualism.

Tommi enjoying the Eurovision Song Contest at the stand

Tommi enjoying the Eurovision Song Contest at the stand

Our stand was in a great location, right in the middle of all the conference hustle and bustle so that everyone could have a look at the books while they had a cup of coffee. In a quiet moment Tommi even managed to catch up with the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Vienna this year. Although Finland was knocked out at an early stage, Tommi still enjoyed watching the other countries compete!

New York street art

New York street art

On an afternoon off before the conference started, we had time to make a brief trip into New York as it was so close. We spend the afternoon walking through the Highline Park which gave us some great views of the city as well as some interesting street art.

All in all it was a successful trip and we are already looking forward to ISB 2017 which will take place in Limerick!

Elinor


International Symposium on Bilingualism

21 June 2013

Bilingual Community Education and MultilingualismEarlier this month Tommi and I attended the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The book exhibits were situated in the open air – there was a roof but no walls! On the first morning we arrived to torrential rain and a thunderstorm so we were glad of the roof! However, throughout the conference the wind was sometimes so strong that the books were literally flying off the table!

Ofelia García speaking at ISB

Ofelia García speaking at ISB

One of our authors, Ofelia García, was one of the keynote speakers and we were pleased to be able to attend her talk on students and teachers translanguaging which featured her recent book Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism. It was a really successful conference and it was great to see so many of our authors there.

Singapore skyline

Singapore skyline

We didn’t have time to see much of Singapore but one evening there was a drinks reception at a bar with a roof terrace and we had a great view of the Singapore cityscape.

We’re already looking forward to ISB10 at Rutgers University in 2015!

Elinor


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