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Programme

Day 1: Monday, 20 April 2015 (Ballroom B, on the 3rd floor, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit)

Overview and Context of Education Policies

Day 1 will provide an introduction to key concepts of language policy and planning in the context of multilingual education. Participants will discuss definitions of important concepts, key issues, current trends, international perspectives, research evidence and current challenges. The three main ideas of the course are “mother tongue”, “multilingual education” and “language policy and planning”. These main ideas will be set against the institutional, organization, economic, social and political contemporary context of Asian societies and worldwide trends and evidence of good practice in education and policy.

Time Activity
8:30 – 9:00 Registration (Ballroom B, on the 3rd floor)
9:00 – 9:45 Opening
  • Welcome Remarks
    Min Bista, Chief of Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All Unit, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Introduction to the Course
    Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Introduction to the Participants
  • Group Photo
9:45 – 10:00 Coffee/ tea and snacks
10:00 – 11:15 1.1 Learning language and learning concepts: Language (first, second, additional) and key concepts and terms in Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Presentation
11:15 – 12:15 1.2 Introduction to language planning (LP): Who does LP?
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Table exercise from Zomia pre-training; presentation and Q&A
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch (The District, on the 2nd floor)
13:30 – 15:30 1.3 Brainstorming and ‘story boarding’ session on key problems and issues in your national and institutional context that face MTB-MLE
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Group discussions, Q&A, and plenary presentations
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/ tea and snacks
15:45 – 17:00 1.4 Multilingual Education: From Legal / Right to Education Perspective
Fernand de Varennes, Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong, Vytautas Magnus University and University of Pretoria
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
18:00 – 20:00 Welcome Reception ( The Sethi Studio, on the 3rd floor)

Day 2: Tuesday, 21 April 2015 (Ballroom B, on the 3rd floor, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit)

Policy and Planning in and beyond Education

Day 2 will focus on the processes of planning language education, which results in language policy. Policy and planning should pay attention to literacy, mother tongues, national languages, international languages, across the entire education spectrum from early childhood education through formal schooling and non-formal schooling, to post school settings.

Time Activity
9:00 – 10:30 2.1 Reflections on Day 1: Key Concepts in MLE. Presentation on language as object/language as medium. Introduction to Day 2.
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Facilitated open discussion with mini-presentation
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/ tea and snacks
11:00 – 12:00 2.2 The “What” and “Why” of MLE: Perspectives, models, research
Kimmo Kosonen, Senior consultant at SIL International and Lecturer at Payap University
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (The District, on the 2nd floor)
13:30 – 14:30 2.3 The “What” and “Why” of MLE: Perspectives, models, research - Continued
Kimmo Kosonen, SIL International and Payap University
Modality: Q&A, group activity and discussion
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee/ tea and snacks
14:45 – 15:45 2.4 Country case studies in MLE: Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Thailand
Kimmo Kosonen, SIL International and Payap University
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Presentation and open discussion
15:45 – 17:00 2.5 Early Childhood Development and Language
Sheldon Shaeffer, Educationist
Modality: Presentation and Q&A

Day 3: Wednesday, 22 April 2015 (Residence Lounge, on the 2nd floor, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit)

Issues and Challenges in MLE in a Global Context

Day 3 will focus on economic, social and identity issues associated with MLE.

Time Activity
9:00 – 10:15 3.1 Reflections on Day 2: Key Concepts in MLE. Presentation on language as object/language as medium. Introduction to Day 3.
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Facilitated open discussion with mini-presentation
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee/ tea and snacks
10:30 – 12:00 3.2 National Case Study: Myanmar’s bottom up and top down process of national language policy writing for MLE
Presenters:
  • Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
  • Malar San, Education Policy Officer, UNICEF Myanmar
  • Aye Aye Tun, Education Issue Based Project Manager, Pyoe Pin Programme
  • Htin Zaw, Senior Public Relationship Officer, Shalom Foundation
  • Modality: Panel Presentations and Q&A
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch (The District, on the 2nd floor)
13:30 – 15:00 3.3 Writing language policies to support MLE
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Facilitated open discussion with mini-presentation
15:00 – 15:30 3.4 Comparing influences and effects of LP for MLE: analysis of national education systems
Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne
Modality: Group discussion, facilitator input, informal plenary discussion, identification of factors that favour/inhibit MLE policy.
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/ tea and snacks
15:45 – 17:15 3.5 EFA Progress and MLE in the Post-2015 Education Agenda
Min Bista, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
17:15 – 17:45 Wrap up of Day 3

Day 4: Thursday, 23 April 2015 (Ballroom B, on the 3rd floor, Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit)

Integrating Multilingual Education in Education Planning

Day 4 will provide cost inputs, models of assessing cost, data gathering and reporting, information needed for language in education policy.

Time Activity
9:00 –9:30 4.1 What are the challenges in scaling up multilingual education?
Satoko Yano, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
9:30 –10:30 4.2 Key concepts of education policy cycle and strategic planning in education
Gwang-Chol Chang, Chief of Education Policy and Reform Unit, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee/ tea and snacks
10:45 – 11:30 4.3 Financial planning for education – implications to MLE programmes
Gwang-Chol Chang, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
11:30 – 12:30 4.4 Introduction to simulation exercise
Satoko Yano, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (The District, on the 2nd floor)
14:00 – 15:30 4.5 Hands-on exercise on simulation models
Satoko Yano, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Presentation, Q&A and individual exercise.
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/ tea and snacks
15:45 – 17:00 4.6 Developing a simulation model for MLE
Satoko Yano, UNESCO Bangkok
Modality: Country group exercise and presentations
17:00 – 17:30 4.7 Preparation for study visit, reflection on course, open discussion
Min Bista, UNESCO Bangkok
Kyungah Kristy Bang, Project Officer, UNESCO Bangkok

Day 5: Friday, 24 April 2015

Study visit to Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA), Mahidol University

Day 5 will be a study visit to RILCA, Mahidol University to learn about the MTB MLE project in Southern Thailand. RILCA will share their experience in developing

Time Activity
7:30 Depart from the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit/Marriott Executive Apartments for study visit
9:00 – 9:30 Arrival at the RILCA, Mahidol University
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Speech
Sophana Srichampa, Director, RILCA, Mahidol University
9:45 – 10:30 5.1 Patani Malay – MTB MLE in Thailand’s Deep South
Suwilai Premsrirat, Founding Director and Senior Professor, RILCA, Mahidol University
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee/ tea and snacks
10:45 – 11:30 5.2 Issues to consider in developing orthography/identifying local languages for MTB MLE programs
Suwilai Premsrirat, Mahidol University
Unionsasmeeta Samor, Researcher, RILCA, Mahidol University
Modality: Presentation and Q&A
11:30 – 12:30 5.3 Tour of Center for Language Documentation and Revitalization
Participants will be divided into 4 groups (15 participants/each). Each group will rotate through four stations, spending 15-20 minutes at each station.
  • Station 1: Ethnolinguistic Mapping and Framework of National Language Policy of Thailand (Facilitated by Suwilai Premsrirat)
  • Station 2: Language Revitalization (Facilitated by Siripen Ungsitthipoonporn)
  • Station 3: Pattani-Malay MTB/MLE Project (Facilitated by Mirinda Burarungrot and Unionsasmeeta Samor)
  • Station 4: Orthography (Facilitated by Mayuree Thawornpat)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (Sukhothai Restaurant)
13:30 – 14:10 Visit the Thai House
14:10 – 14:45 Closing
  • Closing remark
    Min Bista, UNESCO Bangkok
  • Presentation of certificates
  • Group Photo
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee/ tea and snacks
15:00 – 15:45 Mahidol University Campus Tour
Participants will be divided into 2 groups (25 participants/each).
15:45 Depart from Mahidol University to Bangkok
17:00 Arrival at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit/Marriott Executive Apartments