LINGUIST List 28.938

Mon Feb 20 2017

Calls: Applied Ling, Lang Acquisition, Ling & Lit/Australia

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 18-Feb-2017
From: Matthew Absalom <>
Subject: 21st International Languages Conference of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations
E-mail this message to a friend

Full Title: 21st International Languages Conference of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations
Short Title: AFMLTA2017

Date: 06-Jul-2017 - 08-Jul-2017
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Contact Person: Matthew Absalom
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

Languages – Keys to Global Connections:

With the increase of intolerance and intercultural incomprehension, now more than ever developing learners’ capabilities in additional languages and intercultural sensitivity is important for the ongoing wellbeing of our global society.
After a celebratory welcome evening which will include the Keith Horward Memorial Lecture and the awarding of the Patji-Dawes award for outstanding achievements in language teaching, the AFMLTA 21st International Languages Conference, held on the beautiful Gold Coast, will offer you a two-day exploration of current issues and new trends in languages education. Keynote speakers include:

- Professor Nina Spada (University of Toronto), leading international expert on the role of instruction in the teaching and learning of languages
- Worldwide authority on languages and linguistics and honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, David Crystal who has published more than 100 books on aspects of languages (live virtual presentation)
- Associate Professor Liz Ellis (University of New England), renowned teacher educator, applied linguist and bilingual speaker and translator of Spanish with expertise in multilingualism and the role of plurilingualism in education

This year’s Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor John Hajek (The University of Melbourne) who is a long-time supporter of languages and languages education in Australia.

Call for Proposals:

This year’s conference will offer a range of different presentation types:

- Research-based presentation
- Practice-based presentation
- Workshop presentation

While English has been the main language for presentations in the past, this year we encourage presentations in languages including Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

All presentations will be of 30 minutes, with 10 minutes’ discussion time available.

Guidelines for presentations:

Research-based presentation:

A research-based presentation gives you the opportunity to talk about something you have explored in the area of languages education. It could be an account of research undertaken either through formal education or as practitioner-led research or classroom-based inquiry. Typically, the research described would be situated in the wider context of the area under discussion, and supported by appropriate reference to recent published research, and include an outline of methodology, results and implications.

Practice-based presentation:

A practice-based presentation offers the chance to discuss, with a like-minded audience, aspects of your teaching and learning practice. In general, the discussion would need to involve some theorisation of your work, with appropriate reference to published research, as well as an outline of the reasons and the impact of the teaching and learning described.

Workshop presentations:

A workshop presentation provides you with a brief session to model an aspect of languages education in a hands-on way encouraging participant collaboration. While the focus is on the practical, these sessions should also describe the relationship between the activity and the wider field of languages teaching and learning with appropriate reference to published research and current practice.


We welcome presentations on all aspects of languages teaching and learning.

Given this year’s focus on global connections, we would be very happy to receive proposals which incorporate a global or international focus.

Submission of proposals:

Please send a 100-150 word proposal, a biography (maximum 80 words) and contact details to by March 31, 2017.

Page Updated: 20-Feb-2017