Achilleas Kostoulas

Applied Linguistics & Language Teacher Education

The University of Jyvaskylla

Individuals in Contexts – Psychology of Language Learning 2

Update (July 2018)

  • This is a post about an academic conference that took place in 2016. The content is no longer current, and it is maintained here for archival purposes only.
  • At the conference, Anita Lämmerer and I presented ongoing work on language teacher resilience. These presentations were later developed as:
    1. Kostoulas, A. and Lämmerer, A. (in preparation). ‘Resilience in language teaching: Adaptive and maladaptive outcomes in pre-service teachers’. In C. Gkonou, J. King and J.-M. Dewaele (eds), Language Teaching: An Emotional Rollercoaster. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
    2. Kostoulas, A. and Lämmerer, A. (2018). ‘Making the transition into teacher education: Resilience as a process of growth’. In S. Mercer and Α. Kostoulas (eds), Language Teacher Psychology (pp. 247-263). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Following the success of this conference, and PLL3 in Tokyo, the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning was established.

Psychology of Language Learning 2

Some time ago I blogged about the Psychology of Language Learning 2 (PLL2) conference, which will take place on 22-24 August 2016 in Jyväskylä, Finland. I am now happy to share the conference call for papers.


The topic of this year’s conference is Individuals in Contexts, and some key issues that will be addressed include:

  • learners and teachers as individuals with various aspects of their psychology involved, including self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, emotions, strategies, styles, etc.;
  • the learning process and its outcomes; and
  • the diversity of contexts where the learning and teaching of languages takes place.

Plenary talks

The following plenary talks have been confirmed:

  1. Ways of seeing: The individual and the social in Applied Linguistics research methodologies (Phil Benson, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
  2. Towards seeing language learning and teaching as a ‘moral symphony’ (Maggie Kubanyiova, University of Birmingham, UK)
  3. Psychology for language learning: Spare a thought for the teacher (Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria)

Call for papers

Submissions are invited, from 1st February 2016 to 15th May 2016 for papers, posters, colloquia and workshops.

Individual papers will be allocated a 30-minute slot (20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion). Prospective presenters are asked to submit a 300-word abstract (inclusive of references)

Posters should be a maximum size of A0 (84.1cm x 118.9cm or 33.11″ x 46.81″). As with papers, a 300-word abstract is to be submitted by prospective presenters.

Colloquia, consisting of thematically related papers, discussion and audience participation, will be allocated 90 or 180 minutes depending on the number of papers. Colloquia proposals (500 words max.), should include titles of papers, but make no reference to the names of individual presenters. Abstracts of individual papers (300 words) will be requested if a colloquium proposal is accepted.

Workshops will involve hands-on activities, using data or focussing on a specific topic. These will be allocated 90 minutes. Workshop proposals should be 500 words long.

The conference language is English. However, the use of multilingual data is encouraged in presentations and handouts.

All proposals will be anonymously reviewed, and evaluated for (a) contribution to the field, (b) quality of content, (c) thematic relevance, (d) organisation and clarity of expression of the abstract, and (e) in the case of colloquia and workshops, clarity of schedule for activities, discussion and/or audience participation.

Notification of acceptance will be given by early May 2016.

Important dates

Proposal submission opens1st February 2016
Proposal submission deadline15th March 2016
Notification of acceptance2nd May 2016
Registration opens2nd May 2016
Registration deadline (for presenters)31st May 2016
Conference22nd – 24th August 2016

Additional Information

For more information, you can visit the conference website or email the organisers directly at pll2016[at]jyu[dot]fi





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