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International Education at Queen’s Conference

November 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm EST


Friday, November 18

Introduction to Intercultural Awareness

Description: In this informative and engaging 1-hour workshop, participants will learn about some of the various “ingredients” that comprise culture as well as look at how the cultures we are tied to can influence the way we see the world around us.

Presenter: Lee Richard

Location: Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), Mitchell Hall

Time: 11am-12pm

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Conference Snack Break

Description: Connect with others and enjoy some light refreshments between conference sessions.

Location: Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), Mitchell Hall

Time: 12pm-1pm

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Rethinking Academic English: Balancing Assessment and Linguistic Diversity

Description: The linguistic diversity of Canadian university campuses is increasing. According to enrolment figures from 2021, international students, many of whom have English as an additional language, comprise roughly 14% of the Queen’s undergraduate and graduate student population.

Additionally, recent census data from Statistics Canada shows that one quarter of Canadians, including current and future university students, identify a language other than English or French as one of their first languages. When looking beyond Canada and considering academic English on a global scale as the lingua franca of academia, students and academics with English as an additional language are the majority of academic English users (Mauranen & Hynninen, 2010). In many contexts, this diversity is viewed as a strength to be celebrated; however, within the Canadian post-secondary classroom, plurilingualism/multilingualism is not always valued and some instructors may regard the use of non-dominant languages as detrimental to students’ learning experiences. At the same time, several scholars have pointed to the harm generated by not accepting varieties of English in the classroom and linguistic racism has been linked to adverse mental health effects among international students. In response to these issues/conversations, this panel discussion explores faculty expectations around academic English at Queen’s and asks how we might balance concerns around needing a shared language for classroom discussions and assessment with the need to embrace the linguistic diversity of students.

Moderator: TBD


Bronwyn Bjorkman, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Associate Head Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Lindsay Morcom, Associate Professor and CRC in Language Revitalization and Decolonizing Education

Location: Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), Mitchell Hall

Time: 1-2pm

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Speak Up: Tell Me What You See

Description: Visit the Fabrics of Representation exhibit with curator, Suzanne van de Meerendonk. We will practice the speaking skill of observation.

Curator: Suzanne van de Meerendonk

Location: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, 36 University Ave

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

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November 18
11:00 am - 4:00 pm EST