The Department of English of the Alpen-Adria Universität, along with the Pädagogische Hochschule Kärnten and the Fachdidaktikzentrum der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät at the University of Graz, are organising a highly interesting conference titled Situating Strategy Use: The Interplay of Language Learning Strategies and Individual Learner Characteristics [#SSU2015]. The conference, which will take place at the Alpen-Adria University campus in Klagenfurt, Austria, on the 16th and 17th October 2015, “to develop new perspectives on the interaction between individual learner characteristics and the choice and use of language learning strategies”.
Plenary addresses will be delivered by:
- Dr. Rebecca Oxford (Professor Emerita, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA),
- Dr. Andrew Cohen (Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA), and
- Dr. Carol Griffiths (Associate Professor, Fatih University, Turkey).
Call for papers
The conference organisers are keen to receive proposals for presentations (20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion), posters and workshop sessions (in English) addressing the conference theme, particularly from early career researchers, classroom teachers, and teacher educators. As stated in the conference flyer:
Researchers and scholars interested in theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and practical implications and applications related to contextualised language learning strategy use and individual learner differences are invited to submit abstracts. These may cover a wide range of topics including age, gender, personality, learning style, motivation, self, emotions, language proficiency, social background, etc.
Prospective presenters are asked to submit a 250-word abstract on the conference website by 2nd February 2015, where they can select the type of submission they are interested in (presentation, poster or workshop) and upload a 50-word biodata note. Presenters are reminded that the conference language is English, and that no author should be involved in more than two abstract submissions.
Additional information will be uploaded in the conference website, and queries can be addressed to ssu2015[at]aau[dot]at.
Featured image: Hörsaal B der Alpen-Adria-Universität, by Stefano Probst (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons