MultiLing Winter School 2020: Issues in second language learning (with)in marginalized populations: Research methods, language policy, teacher education, ideologies

The MultiLing Winter School 2020 will take place from 24 to 28 February, 2020 . This year, we will explore issues in second language learning (with)in marginalized populations.

PhD students attending a MultiLing winter school.

(Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO)


In this winter school, participants will survey a number of critical issues related to learning a second or new language as a member of a marginalized or minoritized population. Topics will span educational linguistics, language policy, teacher education, and second language acquisition with an emphasis on second language literacy development. Formal and informal learning contexts will be compared and learners with various language and experiential backgrounds, and from all age groups, will be included. Each topic will include empirical work that allows participants to problematize research methodology in terms of ethics, tools, representation of multilingual data and positionality of the researchers. Participants will be invited to reflect on the issues and research in this winter school through their own contexts and research initiatives.


  • Professor Martha Bigelow (Department of Curriculum and Instruction University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA)
    • Bio
      Martha Bigelow is Professor of Second Language Education at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She got her PhD from Georgetown University. Her work focuses on the policies, politics, research ethics, and schooling practices of refugee- and immigrant-background English learners in secondary contexts. She is an experienced language teacher educator and expert in language curriculum design that blends proficiency, culture, and social justice goals. 
  • Professor Anne Golden (MultiLing)
  • Associate professor Toril Opsahl (MultiLing)
  • Professor Ingebjørg Tonne (MultiLing)


The program is available here.

Reading list

A reading is available on the official course webpages.


The application is closed.The deadline was December 10.


The participants must be enrolled in a PhD program in linguistics or a related field of study. Due to limited space we only accept applications from PhD students, and not postdocs. There is no course fee, but participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

LingPhil (Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology) members can apply for travel grant to participate in this course (external link).


Published Oct. 31, 2019 1:44 PM - Last modified Mar. 3, 2020 8:55 AM