However, in spite of the complications that are inherited in a multilingual situation, the knowledge and use of more than one language can be very beneficial for both individuals and societies. Research has shown that multilinguals are privileged in terms of linguistic abilities, cognitive competence and personal development. Similarly, societies can benefit from being multilingual in various ways: first, the presence of more than one language means different roles for different languages which can enhance more flexibility. Second, multilingual situations lay the ground for the development of more cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. Third, the role of multilingualism in strengthening social identities has become undeniable.
Hence, this conference aims to bring together academic scientists and researchers to exchange and share their experiences and research results on different aspects of multilingualism. It aims also at providing an interdisciplinary platform for both researchers and educators to present a discussion of the theoretical approaches, challenges and pedagogical applications and implications of multilingualism.