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Language Day 2021: Developing a multilingual mindset
Author: Susan Lotz
Published: 29/06/2021

​​​​​​​​In celebration of the opportunities and possibilities multilingualism gives us, the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement is hosting Language Day 2021. It will take place online on 30 September, from 08:00 to 14:00. The event is open to a limited number of Stellenbosch University (SU) staff and registered students, and if you still would like to join, watch this video, be sure to read on and register your interest via the indicated form 

Language Day 2021 is an event where you, as a member of our SU campus community, can connect with others about harnessing the possibilities multilingualism gives us. Language Day is not about the Language Policy itself, but provides an opportunity for academics, students and professional academic support service (PASS) staff to learn from each other in re-imagining conversations around language at SU. We will discuss ways of integrating a multilingual mindset into teaching, learning and assessment, and social life outside the lecture halls.  

The theme for the day is Language, learning, life! Implementing multilingualism @SU in academic and social spaces. 

If you would like to join the conversation, please fill in this form to register your interest to attend Language Day 2021: The event can accommodate 150 SU staff members and students. A part of this total has been made up of staff nominations from faculties and PASS environments, and nominations from our student community.  

We still have a few spaces left for staff and students to join. These spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and registration will close when the maximum attendance has been reached. We therefore cannot guarantee that we can accommodate you, but we do appreciate your interest! You will receive an email to confirm your participation. This attendance limit is so that that we have enough time to have engaging discussions that reflect all participants’ inputs. But don’t worry if you can’t attend. A highlight reel summarising the main discussion points will be made available after the event. 

Would you like to know more about Language Day, or maybe learn more about multilingualism itself? Check out our Language Day and multilingualism mindset webpage for more information on our philosophy around multilingualism, interesting articles about language at SU, and some terms (with explanations) you can use to talk about language: