LINGUIST List 23.2615

Wed Jun 06 2012

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Germany

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 01-Jun-2012
From: Anikó Brandt <>
Subject: 4th Bremen Symposion on Foreign Language Learning Processe
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Full Title: 4th Bremen Symposion on Foreign Language Learning Processes Short Title: Bremen Symposion
Date: 01-Mar-2013 - 02-Mar-2013 Location: Bremen, Germany Contact Person: Anikó Brandt
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

Recent discussions in the field of foreign language teaching and learning have concerned many new aspects: including the task-based definition of learning goals, the clear differentiation of competence levels, and the introduction of binding quality standards. These discussions have also pursued the goal of improving the efficiency and success of foreign language learning processes. However, the learning processes themselves have only been taken into consideration to a much lesser extent.

The aim of the 4th Bremen Symposion is to reflect more deeply on these learning processes. The conference will focus on the following questions: How do foreign and multilingual learning processes take place, what initiates them and keeps them going, which institutional, social and media-related frameworks are needed, and which classroom and/or autonomous learning arrangements are best for fostering these learning processes and can lead to desired results.

It is worth asking these questions because in order to answer them we are able to take advantage of the findings of research in the field of foreign language learning and teaching, as well as the work and the experience of the practitioners in the language centres. In their attempts to understand the complex interaction of the numerous aspects influencing foreign language learning processes, both researches and practitioners have generated a wealth of insights. This, on the other hand, entails an increasing need for orientation through selection, weighting and classification.

Call for Papers:

The 4th Bremen Symposion 2013 offers a platform that will bring together practical research results and reflected practice with regard to the organisation of foreign language learning processes in the institutional context of Higher Education. Against the background of this objective, all contributions are welcome that either give a duly reasoned guideline to the optimal organisation of learning processes from a research perspective, or that reflect the impacts and the success of classroom and/ or autonomous learning arrangements from a practitioner's perspective.

We are accepting abstracts of max. 1500 characters focussing on the language learning processes - both from practice (best practice) or research, especially language learning and teaching in HEI. Abstracts should be submitted in either German or English via a form on our website (English version available: The deadline for submission is 30 September 2012. Notification of acceptance will be sent at the end of November 2012.

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