Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning

Update (June 2018): Following the success of this conference and its followup (PLL2), the way was paved for the creation of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning. You can read more details about the conference in the website of the Association.

Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning

Graz, 29-31 May 2014

The international conference “Matters of the Mind: Psychology and Language Learning” will explore the interface between psychology and language learning and teaching. Some of the topics that will be covered include autonomy, beliefs, emotions, goal setting, group dynamics, motivation, the self, strategies, metacognition, willingness to communicate, individual differences, among others.

The conference

The conference will begin at 9.00 on Thursday 29th May and end at 13.00 on Saturday 31st May. Plenary speakers include

  • Andrew Cohen, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Jean-Marc Dewaele, University of London, UK
  • Paula Kalaja, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Ema Ushioda, University of Warwick, UK

In addition to the plenary talks and presentations, there will also be a series of expert-led workshops & symposia on the topics of anxiety, critical thinking skills, learner autonomy, imagination, styles, positive psychology, and the self. The social programme includes a welcome event on Wednesday 28th May and optional excursion to the wine region.

Call for papers

Proposals are invited for 30-minute talks and poster presentations on any of the conference topics. Interested applicants are requested to submit a 200-word abstract for review by the panel, and a 50-word abstract for the conference programme. Abstracts are to be submitted through the online proposal form by 31 October 2013. Notification of acceptance will be given by 31 January 2014.

More details can be found at the conference website.

Featured Image: The University of Graz 


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