Bayview Beach Resort, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, Malaysia
27-30 September 1999

About the Learning Conference

the beaches...
This is the sixth Literacy and Education Research Network Conference, held every two years. This year, we celebrate a decade of LERN conferences-our first was held in 1989. Over the decade, LERN conferences have gone from strength to strength. The last conference, held in Alice Springs, Central Australia in 1997, attracted almost 600 delegates from 12 countries, and included over 130 presentations.
LERN conferences are community events, as well as thoughtful and scholarly occasions. They are a time of celebration and affirmation. Once again, the conference will be one of these community occasions. Penang, a tropical Island in the north of Malaysia, is the perfect venue for its beautiful location, and for the vibrant and diverse Malay, Chinese and Indian communities that give the city and the island its life.

This year the conference is being co-hosted by the Universiti Sains Malaysia as a part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, and the Faculty of Education, Language and community Services at Australia's RMIT University in Melbourne. International and cross-cultural dialogue will be a highlight of the conference, as will be the kinds of collaborations required in an increasingly globalised world.

LERN conferences are also participants' conferences, with everything from plenary presentations by world renowned educators, to small workshop descriptions of practice by teachers and students, to informal 'garden chats' with the keynote speakers, to a continuous program of local community arts events and visits to educational institutions and other places of learning.
Once again, the International Multiliteracies Project team will be among the presenting at the LERN conference. This time they will be addressing practical dimensions of two 'multis' in teaching and learning: multiculturalism and the multimedia of new information and communications technologies. They will discuss how you address Multiliteracies in curriculum and teaching. Also attending and presenting will be teachers from a number of different countries discussing the ways they have used and adapted the Multiliteracies framework.



- Universiti Sains Malaysia
- Department of Education, Penang
- Faculty of Education, Languages & Community Services, RMIT University
- National Languages & Literacy Institute of Australia
- Centre for Workplace Communication & Culture

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