The 8th World Conference of ALA

Plurilingualism and Linguistic Awareness : Discussing the Connections
July 2th - 5th, 2006

The 1st World Conference of EDiLiC

Language awareness : A Tool for Developing Plurilingualism
July 5th - 7th, 2006


The deadline to register online is june 25th
However, after June 10th, reserving a hotel room when registering online will not be allowed
(Please notice that if you pay with a cheque, your hotel reservation will be validated only if we receive your cheque before June 20th.
From June 11th, people who wants to reserve a room in one of the two affiliated hotels must contact the hotels directly.
- Hôtel « Première classe » (en ville) : 40, Rue Du Vert Galant 72000 Le Mans,
tél : +33 892 707 238, fax +33 2 43 24 58 41
- Hôtel Mister Bed (sur le campus) : rue Héraclite 72000 Le Mans, +33 2 43 24 11 00, fax : +33 2 43 87 07 35,

The Conferences

Themes : The theme of each conference centres on the notion of « plurilingual competence », with each association addressing this notion according to its specializations while the joint day gathers together those contributions most likely to intersect with the interests of each of these groups. The details of the topics can be found under the "programme" section.

Participants : The two conferences are international and aimed at an international audience of teachers (of language or other curricular content), teacher-trainers, educational administrators, educational publishers, textbook writers and researchers.

Languages of the Conferences :

While conference contributions and discussions of papers can be in any language, pre-conference as well as in-conference communication between congress organisators and participants will take place both in English and French.


ALA - Association for Language Awareness

Created in Great-Britain in the 1980s, in the wake of the Language Awareness movement, it was originally driven by Eric Hawkins. The current Chairman of the association is Carl James.

The Association for Language Awareness aims at supporting and promoting activities across the whole breadth of Language Awareness. These are conducted in different fields of Language Awareness (e.g. mother tongue learning, foreign language learning, teacher education, language use in professional settings), at a variety of levels (e.g. primary, secondary and tertiary education, professional training and practice), and with objectives in a range of domains (e.g. effects on language performance, on attitudes to language etc).

The ALA pursues this goal in a variety of ways: for example, by collecting and disseminating information on Language Awareness initiatives, by promoting research into Language Awareness, by supporting initiatives undertaken by organisations with overlapping interests (e.g AILA, EDILIC), and by arranging conferences and meetings for practitioners and theorists in all spheres of teaching and learning, as well as for others with interests in Language Awareness.

Link to the ALA Website

EDiLiC - Education et Diversité Linguistique et Culturelle (Education and Linguistic and Cultural Diversity)

Created in 2001 in the wake of the European project Evlang (language awareness in primary schools). Official seat of the association is the University of Maine (Le Mans, France). The current Chairman is Michel Candelier.

[The association’s] purpose is to disseminate pedagogical approaches that are characterized by a recourse to a plurality of languages and linguistic varieties of all statuses in educational systems, including those languages and linguistic varieties that the school doesn’t intend to teach, in order to promote the development of openness towards linguistic and cultural diversity, desire to learn languages and metalinguistic capabilities of observation, listening and analysis likely to facilitate learning.

Link to web sites dedicated to Language Awareness

Two « sister » associations

The two associations maintain excellent relations, each association being a member of the other. They both have largely interlinking objectives, with each association approaching these objectives from the point of view of their own specialities:

• ALA is positioned more generally in the domain of « linguistic awareness », and therefore treats aspects such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, education, in different places (at and outside of school) ;

• EDiLiC is more interested in utilising linguistic and cultural diversity in schools for the purpose of awakening to languages.

Given the overlap of the research interests of the two associations it was decided that the first EDiLiC conference would be held in conjunction with the 8th ALA conference in order to explore the possibilities for future joint activities.


A number of selected presentations will be published with Presses Universitaires de Rennes (PUR) in 2007.

The conferences are supported by:

Le conseil général de la Sarthe

Le conseil général de la Sarthe

La communauté urbaine du Mans

La communauté urbaine du Mans

Délégation Générale à la Langue Française et aux Langues de France.

Délégation Générale à la Langue Française et aux Langues de France.

Council of Europe

Council of Europe

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