- Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She is a world leading authority and has published widely in the field of bilingual language development, where she brings together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive science. She is also committed to disseminating the findings of research on bilingualism in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 26 branches in 3 different continents.
University of Edinburgh
- Erika Hoff is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. Her research addresses the relations among properties of children’s early environments, their language experience, and their language development. She is the Principal Investigator on an NICHD-funded longitudinal study of Spanish-English bilingual development. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters; she is the author of the textbook, Language Development; and she is the editor of multiple books on early language development, including Research Methods in Child Language: A Practical Guide and, with Peggy McCardle, Childhood Bilingualism: Research on Infancy through School Age.
Florida Atlantic University
- Robert Phillipson is an Emeritus Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. British by origin, he studied at Cambridge and Leeds Universities, UK, and has a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. He worked for the British Council in Algeria, Yugoslavia, and London, before emigrating to Denmark in 1973. His main books are Linguistic imperialism (Oxford University Press, 1992), English-only Europe? Challenging language policy (Routledge, 2003), updated and translated into French as La domination de l’anglais: un défi pour l’Europe (Libre & Solidaire, 2019), and Linguistic imperialism continued (Routledge, 2009). He has co-edited books on language rights and multilingual education, including Why English? Confronting the Hydra (2016) and Language Rights (four volumes, with his wife, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, 2017). He was awarded the UNESCO Linguapax prize in 2010. Details of publications and CV.
Copenhagen Business School
- Sanita Lazdiņa is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Rēzekne Academy of Technologies in Rēzekne, Latvia. Since 2016 she has also been a Senior Expert in the ESF project A Competence-based Approach to Learning Processes conducted by the National Centre for Education in Latvia, in which she is leading an expert group for developing a new school curriculum for Latvian in primary and secondary schools of Latvia. In 2009-2010 she worked as a guest professor at University of Greifswald (Germany), and in 2014 she was a visiting scholar at Tallinn University with support from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Archimedes Foundation.
Among her fields of research are language and educational policies, approaches and methods in language acquisition (L1 and L2), monoglossic and heteroglossic ideologies in language education, but also multilingualism in the Baltic States in general, e.g. with regard to regional and minority languages, the economic value of less used languages, folk linguistics and other issues. Her articles have been published in Sociolinguistica, Current Issues in Language Planning, Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe and others. Together with Heiko F. Marten, she has co-edited the book Multilingualism in the Baltic States. Societal Discourses and Contact Phenomena (2019, Palgrave Macmillan).
Rēzekne Academy of Technologies
- Sari Pöyhönen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and deputy head of department at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research and writing (ca 100 publications, including over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles) focus on language, identity and belonging; minorities and language rights; migration, asylum and settlement; and adult migrant language education policies. Through linguistic ethnography, creative inquiry and narrative approaches she focuses on language issues within wider cultural and political contexts and social structures. Currently, she is PI of three research projects: Jag bor i Oravais (everyday life of adults and unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Swedish Ostrobothnia, Svenska Kulturfonden), Toinen koti – Other home (Documentary theatre project based in the Finnish National Theatre, Academy of Finland), and Rajojen yli – Crossing Borders (Artistic practices in performing and narrating belonging, Academy of Finland).
University of Jyväskylä
- Claudia Maria Riehl is professor for German Linguistics and German as a Foreign Language. She is chair of the Institute of German as a Foreign Language and director of the International Research Unit of Multilingualism (IFM) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Her research interests are sociolinguistic and cognitive aspects of multilingualism, language contact, minority languages and language policy, multiliteracy, and second language teaching. Professor Riehl is the author of many titles, among them the German-speaking introduction into multilingualism and multilingualism research (Mehrsprachigkeit: Eine Einführung. Darmstadt: WBG 2014).
Claudia Maria Riehl
- Nayr Correia Ibrahim is Associate Professor of English Subject Pedagogy at Nord University in Bodø, Norway. Originally from South Africa, where she grew up multilingual, Nayr has worked in Portugal, Cairo, Hong Kong and 20 years in Paris, where she headed the Young Learner and Bilingual Education programmes for the Teaching Centre at the British Council.
Nayr’s interests include early language learning, bi/multilingualism, multiple literacies and language and identity. Nayr holds an MA in TEFL and a PhD in trilingualism, triliteracy and identity from the University of Reading. She has published articles and chapters on bi/multilingualism and identity in books and journals, such as, Multilingual Matters and the Encyclopaedia of Language and Education. She has also contribute to projects on multilingualism in the EU: she was on a panel of experts reviewing the EU’s Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning (2018) and contributed to the ECML project, Early Language Learning: Inspiring language learning in the early years.
Nayr’s research also focuses on children’s voices, learning to learn in the language classroom, children’s language rights and authentic children’s literature for cross-curricular and intercultural development. Her publication, Teaching children how to learn, Delta Publishing, with Gail Ellis, won an award at the 2016 ESU English Language Awards in the category, Resources for Teachers. Nayr is a member of the Nord Research Group for Children’s Literature in ELT (CLELT).
Nayr Correia Ibrahim