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, titled “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.