Department of Spanish
and Portuguese

First NJ Workshop on Multilingualism and
Second Language Acquisition
Rutgers University, Busch Campus Center
October 26-27
Click here for a detailed schedule
Globalization trends have greatly increased the number of immigrants who speak different languages to New Jersey. The presence of great numbers of these speakers suggests important new educational and social, and therefore political, challenges, to our institutions. New Jersey can benefit from the experiences of other countries that have a tradition of multilingualism and a history of overcoming issues of language planning. This workshop will bring together experts who have had extensive experience with different types of multilingual situations. In particular, we would like to address, among others, the following issues and concerns:
  • Are solutions to multilingual situations transferable from one place to another?
  • How can minority languages be preserved? Is New Jersey leading the way in minority language preservation?
  • Does social integration necessarily entail loss of an immigrantís heritage language?
  • What are the social advantages of multilingualism? How do we encourage students at every educational level to learn languages in addition to English?
  • How do we prepare our second language and bilingual teachers for the challenges of the twenty-first century classroom.
  • How should educational institutions react to multilingual students?

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    There will be no charge to attend the conference

    Directions to the workshop and hotel information

    The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a New Jersey State Department of Education certified Educational Development Provider.  Any teacher; registering at the conference will receive a certification of participation upon request.

    This workshop was made possible by a grant  from:
    The New Jersey Council for the Humanities
    A state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Additional support was provided by:
    Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
    Rutgers University
    The Transliteratures 

    Page created by José Camacho, updated September 26, 2001