Aexalevi Convention 2016 - Speakers

Cristina Banfi

Languages Within and Around Us

Languages and language learning have recently found a place on the front page of newspapers and at the forefront of political discourse. Many of us in the field believe that this is a long overdue development, but it is nevertheless interesting to explore why this may be so. On the one hand, there are research areas which explore the nature of mental computations where language is involved, when these work optimally, when they don´t, what happens with bilingual speakers, among other issues. On the other hand, the increasing contact between languages and speakers has led to linguistic policies being implemented in education systems and beyond. On both areas of enquiry technology is playing an increasingly influential role. This presentation aims to explore how technological developments have impacted the lives and work of language teachers.

Dr. Cristina Banfi holds a Teacher’s degree from INES en LV “JRF”, an M.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from University College London. She has worked in educational institutions at all levels, from pre-school to higher education. She has organised and participated in international conferences, published papers and books and edited journals. She was president of APIBA (two terms), Head of the Department of Languages at Universidad Católica Argentina and International Affairs Officer at the CONEAU (Comisión Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria).

She is currently Director of Foreign Languages at the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires and teaches at IES en LV ‘J. R. Fernández’, ISP ‘J.V. González’, ENS ‘S.B. de Spangenberg’, Universidad de Belgrano and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Her main areas of interest are: educational management and research, professional development, theoretical and applied linguistics and bilingual education.