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Dementia and Cultural Narratives Symposium

University of Aston, UK, Friday 8th – Saturday 9th December 2017

The dementia and cultural narrative symposium will explore the growing body of cultural representations of dementia across a range of texts and contexts. The symposium’s contributions reflect the developing research culture that explores, interrogates, and evaluates the ways in which forms of dementia are being used in media such as TV, film, literature, the visual arts and theatre. The symposium will bring together scholars and other professionals from a variety of fields to discuss the implications of the narrativisation of dementia.

Keynotes will be delivered by June Hennell, MBE, advocate for those with dementia, and Dr Aagje Swinnen, co-editor of Popularizing Dementia: Public Expressions and Representations of Forgetfulness. There will also be a screening of Piano Lessons by Professor Marlene Goldman, author of the forthcoming Forgotten: Narratives of Age-Related Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in Canada.   

This symposium is the inaugural event of the new international Dementia and Cultural Narrative network.

This is a FREE event, but we ask all attendees to register by 15thNovember: https://dementia-culture.wixsite.com/network/upcoming-events

Please direct any questions to the event organisers Raquel Medina and Sarah Falcus: dementia.and.culture.network@gmail.com

CPD Workshop: Implications of CLIL for classroom practice

Saturday 2nd December 2017, 10am - 1pm
Location: Aston University, MB603

Distinguished Visitor: Professor Tarja Nikula, University of Jyväskylä, Finland  

  While the dual focus on content and language learning has often been highlighted in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), there has been less discussion on what integrating means conceptually and at the level of classroom practices. By exploring data extracts from CLIL classrooms, this workshop will explore the nature of CLIL as a context both for second/foreign language learning and use, and for language-dependent content learning. The themes addressed will include the role of language and language awareness in content learning, translanguaging as practice and pedagogy, and the implications of that the intertwined nature of content and language has on assessment in CLIL.

Bio: Tarja Nikulahas extensive experience in teaching and research in the areas of language education and CLIL (both with a focus on training students and on training trainers). Research specialisms include classroom discourse, CLIL and foreign language learning and teaching, discourse-pragmatics and subject-specific language.


10am-11am: lecture

11:00am-11:30am: coffee break

11:30am-13:00pm: workshop + Q&A

To attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/implications-of-clil-for-classroom-practice-cpd-workshop-tickets-39551795485

Public Lecture - A multi-sited policy perspective on CLIL  

Thursday 30th November 2017, 17:30 - 19:00pm
Location:  Aston University, Main Building MB550 

Distinguished Visitor: Professor Tarja Nikula, University of Jyväskylä, Finland 

This lecture will outline a multi-sited policy perspective on content and language integrated learning (CLIL). This means that CLIL realization is dependent on policy processes that, rather than linear and hierarchical, are fluctuating and multi-sited, that is, simultaneously taking place at different levels, be they national, local, institution-based or pertaining to classrooms as sites for policy choices.

More specifically, the lecture will describe a three-perspectival approach to content and language integration that highlights the importance of curriculum level decisions, the role of classroom practices and of participant beliefs for its successful implementation. 

Biographical information: Prof Tarja Nikula is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS) at the University of Jyväskylä. She was a founding member and co-convener of AILA Research Network CLIL & Immersion Classrooms: Applied Linguistic Perspectives (2006-2011).Her research specialisms include classroom discourse, content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and foreign language learning and teaching, discourse-pragmatics and subject-specific language. She publishes widely in international journals and has most recently co-edited Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education (2016).

The event will be followed by a wine reception. To attend, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-lecture-a-multi-sited-policy-perspective-on-clil-tickets-39691414088