MCTLC Annual Fall Conference 2009
Exploring the Multilingual Universe
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The theme, “Exploring the Multilingual Universe”, celebrated UNESCO’s International Year of Astronomy. Throughout human history, people have looked up to the stars and explained themselves and their “universe” in many languages and through the lenses of their cultural perceptions. We live in an interconnected world that brings all of these universes together. Our knowledge, understanding and ability to communicate across linguistic and cultural lines are the vehicles that will take us into new frontiers as we explore the world that will be created in the 21st century.
Dr. Teresa Kennedy delivered the plenary session, Exploring the Multilingual Universe. Teresa, a former language educator, is now Deputy Director of the GLOBE program, connecting schools around the world via integrated language and science projects using 21st century technologies. Materials are in the six languages of the UN plus German, Japanese, Thai and some indigenous languages. The GLOBE project connects students to classrooms in over 100 countries. Dr. Kennedy also presented a preconference workshop on brain research and language acquisition (teresakennedy.com).
The GLOBE Program
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.
Mary Thrond, Program Chair
Janice Holter Kittok, Conference Chair