Category Archives: Conferences

3rd Brazilian Bilingual Schools Conference

In May the Escola Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil will be hosting its 3rd Brazilian Bilingual Schools Conference.  Speakers slated to be at the conference include Jim Cummings and Merill Swain from the University of Toronto.  The conference will take place from May 1st to 3rd.

See their website for more info:


Conference Announcements, Part 2

Also upcoming this summer the 7th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB7) will take place at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The Symposium will be the 8-11 of July of 2009.

The International Symposium is a bi-annual conference which last took place in Hamburg in 2007. Keynote speakers for the Symposium will include Shyamala Chengappa from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in Mysore, India; Guss Extra from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands; Pieter Muysken from Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Nuria Sebastien-Galles from the Universitat de Barcelona in Catalonia; Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and Sarah Thomason from the University of Michigan.

For more information, visit the website at

Conference Announcements, Part 1

The UIC department of Spanish French Italian and Portuguese is hosting a Bilinguilism Forum in the spring. The call for abstracts went out earlier this month for the forum which is to be held on April 30th & May 1st at the Institute for the Humanities located in Stevenson Hall.

The Bilinguilism Forum will consist of three sections–Theoretical Bilingualism, Heritage Learner/Sociolingusitic Study, and Second Language Acquisition–with keynote speakers as yet to be officially announced.  The deadline for abstract submission is January 31st.

BAEC December 11 & 12

On the 11th and 12th of December the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong will be hosting the Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood.  This conference on childhood bilingualism is organized by the newly established Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong & Co-sponsored by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong.

Of particular interest at the BAEC is a workshop on Sign Bilingualism in the Asia-Pacific Region.  The workshop itinerary can be viewed at