The 7th International Conference On Language And Education (#7MLE)

Wed Oct 04 2023 at 09:00 am to Fri Oct 06 2023 at 06:00 pm

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel Bangkok | Bangkok

Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group
Publisher/HostAsia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group
The 7th International Conference On Language And Education (#7MLE)
The 7th International Conference on Language and Education (7MLE) is set to bring together educators, linguists, researchers, policymakers, and language enthusiasts from around the world. This esteemed event will take place from 4 – 6 October 2023 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, situated amidst Bangkok, Thailand's vibrant and culturally rich city.
We have worked tirelessly to ensure this conference provides the most enriching experience for all participants. The event will include plenary and parallel sessions, exhibition spaces and great networking opportunities that will undoubtedly enrich your professional skills and expand your knowledge in the language and education field.

The Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) has been organizing the International Conference on Language and Education series since 2003, followed by the high-level policy forum on MLE since 2013. These events offer a unique platform for policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and development actors to exchange views, share good practices, and discuss experiences, focusing on Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) and broader language issues in sustainable development. The most recent 2019 conference had over 450 participants, including high-level government officials from 16 countries in the region. It resulted in the publication of key advocacy materials based on over 100 presented cases, supporting MTB-MLE implementation. During the 3rd high-level policy forum on MLE, the Bangkok Statement on Language and Inclusion was developed and endorsed by 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific, proposing specific action items for addressing language-related inequalities in education policies and practices in their respective nations.

The proven success of Multilingual Education (MLE) programmes in enhancing learning outcomes for multilingual learners has been overshadowed by resistance and international pressure to introduce global languages like English earlier in the curriculum, especially in mother-tongue based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) programmes. This contradicts the extensive evidence supporting the importance of strong foundational learning in students' home languages, especially among young learners. Consequently, there is an urgent need for robust research, knowledge exchange, and collaborative efforts to address the intricate relationship between language and pressing educational issues, aiming to transform education systems and build resilience in the face of uncertainty. In light of this context, we are delighted to provide a platform to discuss strategies for improving multilingual learners' entire learning journey, enhancing foundational learning for children with diverse language backgrounds, refining learning policies and methods, expanding access to quality education, and empowering school communities to navigate an ever-changing future.
The 7th edition will focus on the following key themes:
* Foundational learning in first languages
* Assessments for MLE learners
* Teachers' recruitment and professional development in MLE environments
* Additive MLE models
* MLE programme evaluation
* MLE developments
* MLE policies
* Digitalisation of MLE
* Inclusion in MLE
* MLE in crises and emergencies
* Environment, climate change and MLE
* Education and the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032)

Inspiring Keynote Speeches: Prominent scholars and distinguished speakers will deliver enlightening keynote addresses, sharing their expertise and insights on language and education.
Research Presentations: Attendees will have the opportunity to present their original research papers through the breakout presentations. This open forum encourages constructive feedback and valuable discussions.
Exhibition Spaces: Several display tables will be available, providing partners and participants with hands-on experiences and practical tools to implement their work or expertise in one conference space.
Networking Opportunities: The conference will facilitate networking among participants, enabling new connections and collaborations.

Situated along the enchanting Chao Phraya River, the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel provides a breathtaking backdrop for our conference. It's modern facilities and luxurious amenities ensure attendees can focus on the conference content while enjoying a comfortable and rewarding stay.

In addition to the rich discussions and presentations, participants will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Bangkok, known for its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landmarks, and delectable cuisine. With a myriad of temples, bustling markets, and the picturesque Chao Phraya River, Bangkok promises to be an enchanting backdrop for this international gathering.

Mark your calendars for October 4 – 6, 2023 and hurry, register now for the 7th International Conference on Language and Education in Bangkok, Thailand. Let's explore new horizons, share knowledge, and empower our learners for a brighter future.

For more information and updates, please visit the 7MLE Conference Website ( We look forward to welcoming you to this enriching event in the heart of Thailand!

Note: The information in this event announcement is subject to change. Please refer to the official conference website for the most up-to-date details and registration information.

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand


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