Achilleas Kostoulas

Applied Linguistics & Language Teacher Education

The University of Jyvaskylla

Individuals in Contexts: Psychology of Language Learning 2

About this post: This is a post advertising an academic conference about the Psychology of Language Learning, which took place in 2016. The content is no longer current, and it is retained here for academic purposes only. 

You can read more about the conference at the website of the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning.

PLL2016 (Jyväskylä)


Two of the best conferences I ever attended were the “New Dynamics of Language Learning” conference in Jyväskylä, Finland (June 2011), and “Matters of the Mind – Psychology of Language Learning”, in Graz, Austria (May 2014). It was therefore with great pleasure that I was informed that the second Psychology of Language Learning conference is to be hosted by the University of Jyväskylä.

The conference, entitled Matters of Individuals in Contexts: Psychology of Language Learning 2, or PLL2 for short, will take place on 22nd – 24th August 2016, and will focus broadly on the role of psychology in learning and teaching languages. Some suggested topics are:

  • learners and teachers as individuals with all their characteristics, including self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, emotions, strategies, styles, etc.,
  • the learning process and its outcomes, and
  • the diversity of contexts.

During the conference, there will be workshops, colloquia, parallel paper sessions and poster sessions, as well as plenary addresses by:

  • Phil Benson (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
  • Maggie Kubanyiova (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Sarah Mercer (University of Graz, Austria)

I will be posting updates as they become available, but for the time being you may want to make a note of the following dates:

Proposal submission opens 1st February 2016
Proposal submission deadline 15th March 2016
Notification of acceptance 2nd May 2016
Registration opens 2nd May 2016
Registration deadline (for presenters) 31st May 2016
Conference 22nd – 24th August 2016

This event promises to be very interesting, and I am greatly looking forward to it. If you are doing research that is connected to the psychology of language learning, I strongly recommend considering it.


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