Jennifer Chard Hamano and Christen N. Madsen II will present work from the SLA Lab at The United Nations Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals. They will discuss assessment policies and practices developed in the SLA Lab and introduce a policy implementable in multilingual communities to facilitate equal access to educational opportunities and reduce inequalities of outcome.
Event Title: Language and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Symposium. Organized by The Study Group on Language and the United Nations
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY (First Avenue and 44th Street)
Talk Title: Language Assessment for Sustainable Development
Presented By: Jennifer C. Hamano, Christen N. Madsen II, and Gita Martohardjono
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 on site. For more information, or to register, visit https://sites.google.com/site/languageandtheun/events
From the website: “The 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by the UN General Assembly for the period 2015-2030 aim to engage not only governments, but “all people, everywhere,” at all levels of civil society. Their implementation will require active, two-way, democratic communication, in a multiplicity of languages. Are we ready for such an effort? What linguistic obstacles stand in the way?”