Linguistic issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers
by Tim Yates

Linguistic issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers

Date: 3 July 2019

Time: 9:30-18:00

Location: University of Reading, Whiteknights, campus, Agriculture building, Nike Lecture Theatre

A one-day interdisciplinary forum to discuss the global immigration crisis.

The number of people displaced by conflict is at its highest ever. Estimates in 2018 suggest that 68.5 million people were either refugees, asylum seekers or
internally displaced people – that’s one in every 113 humans on the planet!

The need to act is more pressing than ever. Government policies, media coverage, NGOs’ response, the use of Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO), language teaching, and identity discussion are all issues that are on the frontline of what is called a ‘refugee crisis’. The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) at the University of Reading invites all interested stakeholders for a day of interdisciplinary discussion, and to share their expertise on the different topics raised.

The outcome from this discussion will help inform and develop more effective strategies to address a global emergency.


09:30 - 09:45 Registration
09:45 - 09:55 Welcome and introduction
10:00 - 10:25 Linguistic issues affecting refugees and LADO (Mohammed Ateek- University of Reading)
10:25 - 10:50 Tracing the Migrant Voice in Print & Social Media (Lisa McEntee- Atalianis- Birkbeck College)
10:50 - 11:15 Media Coverage of refugees and asylum seekers (Federico Faloppa- University of Reading)
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break
11;45 - 12:10 Language for resilience (Tony Capstick- University of Reading)
12:10 - 12:35 Working therapeutically with multilingual clients (Beverley Costa- Colleagues Across Borders)
12:35 - 13:00 Perception towards Languages: the Case of Syrian Refugee Students in Zaatari Camp (Amal Khalifa- Sorbonne-Nouvelle University- Paris III)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:25 Council for At-Risk Academics (Sarah Brewer- University of Reading)
14:25 - 14:50 Student Action for Refugees (Emily Crowley)
14:50 - 15:15 The Hands Up Project (Nick Bilbrough)
15:15 - 15:30 Conclusions

Book your FREE place(s) via the University’s online shop.

Lunch and refreshments provided.


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