SIL International Media Release

International language and development conference—four SIL presentations

(2009 June) Language and development: Sociocultural issues and challenges was the theme for the Eighth International Conference on Language and Development held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 23–25 June. Representatives of SIL from Bangladesh and other Asian countries presented papers and participated in various ways.

The conference theme and focus areas encompassed a broad range of language and development topics, both international and national in scope. They spoke to the impact of language in the development experience which communities do or do not have. Important issues were language policy, language learning and language teaching in the context of the developing world. Policy makers, language and literacy educators, development professionals and donors had opportunities to present their perspectives.

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Presentations by SIL speakers

The conference was hosted by the British Council Bangladesh in partnership with the Department for International Development (UK), the University Grants Commission, Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

SIL International as a partnering organization

Strategic partnerships between SIL, national governments, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions create a network of expertise and resources to equip members of local language communities for leadership roles in their own language and development efforts.

As an international nongovernmental organization, SIL has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and formal consultative relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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