Category Archives: Calls for Papers

Call for papers: 37th TESOL Greece Annual Convention

The 37th Annual Convention of TESOL Greece will take place on the 19th and 20th March 2016, in the Goethe Institut in Athens (Omirou 14-16). This year’s convention is titled Join the Education R-Evolution and it aims to provide a venue for discussing what techniques, methods and practices could be considered ‘revolutionary’ in ELT, and “how to merge  teaching techniques and methods with practices which have “evolved” with the advent of educational  technology”.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Misty Adoniou (Senior Lecturer, University of Canberra)
  • Jeremy Harmer (author, among other things, of The Practice of English Language Teaching)
  • Alan Maley, (series editor for the OUP series Resource Books for Teachers)
  • Carol Read (Acting Vice President of IATEFL)

Call for papers

Submissions are invited for what are described as ‘r-evolutionary’ ideas on topics including sourcing course content, catering to learners’ individual needs, increasing learner and teacher motivation, fostering teacher and learner autonomy, creating a supportive learning environment and implementing effective teaching practices.

Proposals can be submitted online, by 4 December 2015.

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I think this is a wonderful opportunity for ELT professionals in Greece to connect and discuss new ideas in the field. It is noteworthy to see that such practitioner-driven initiatives, which go a long way towards counterbalancing the inertia of Greek academics who pretend to work in the field.


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Call for Papers: 18th Annual Conference of the English Department, Bucharest University

I was just sent the following invitation for a conference which will take place in Bucharest next June, which I am posting here, in case it is of any interest.

The English Department of the University of Bucharest are inviting papers for their 18th Annual Conference, which will take place between the 2nd and 4th June 2016. Contributions are invited in:

  • General Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics (syntax, phonology, semantics and the interfaces)
  • Language acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Translation studies

Each presentation will be allocated 25 minutes and will be followed by a five-minute discussion. Abstracts (2 A4 pages max., 12pt. Times New Roman, single-spaced) are to be sent anonymously as both .pdf and Word attachments, to conf.eng.ling[at]lls.unibuc[dot]ro, by 12 March 2016. The authors’ name and institutional affiliation should be indicated in the body of the email.

The conference fee has been set at 50 euros or 200 lei, and it covers lunches and refreshments during the conference, excluding evening meals.


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Call for papers: Multilingual Language Learning with Digital Media

If you are interested in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), there’s a conference in Frankfurt this February which might be worth attending.

The conference, titled Multilingual CALL: Multilingual Language Learning with Digital Media in Primary and Secondary Classrooms, will be organised by the Institute of English and American Studies of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, and will take place on February 17th and 18th, 2016. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • CALL tools and materials using multiple languages, including previously learned school languages, heritage & minority languages
  • Use of CALL with multilingual learners
  • Language choice and code-alternation in CALL
  •  Multilingual practices in web2.0-based and telecollaboration-based CALL
  •  Multilingual CALL and language awareness
  •  Practical experiences with multilingual CALL at school

Call for papers

Empirical, conceptual and design-oriented contributions from interested participants are all encouraged. Abstracts (500 words) are to be emailed to mcall[at]em.uni-frankfurt[dot]de by 16th November 2015, and notification of acceptance is expected by 1st December. There will also be publication opportunities after the conference, in the form of an edited volume.

Financial assistance

There are a few travel grants for doctorate students (100€ for Germany-based, 200€ for international participants). Participants interested in applying for such a grant are asked to submit a short letter in support of their claim, along with the abstract.


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Call for Papers: “Situating Strategies: Language Learning Strategies and Individual Learning Characteristics”

Rebecca Oxford and Carmen Amerstorfer are planning the publication of an edited volume on Language Learning Strategies, titled: Situating Strategies: Language Learning Strategies and Individual Learning Characteristics. The volume will comprise empirical and theoretical contributions that discuss strategy use in relation to individual learner differences.

Chapters (5.000 to 7.000 words) are invited, focussing on any of the five thematic areas below:

  • Theoretical foundations of Language Learning Strategies
  • Research methodologies for exploring situated learning strategies and individual differences
  • Learning strategies and individual learner characteristics
  • Strategy-Based Instruction or strategy training in diverse contexts

For inclusion in the collection, chapters should be submitted by January 2016. Interested participants may contact Carmen Amerstorfer at Carmen.Amerstorfer[at]aau[dot]at


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Call for papers: Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines and cultures

One of my PhD supervisors used to say that English Language Teaching is work on borders: the borders between languages, between cultures, and between disciplines, to name a few. I was reminded of this adage by a call for papers for a symposium in Singapore next May, titled Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines and cultures. Here are some more details, from the conference flyer, in case anyone’s interested:

The CELC Symposium 2016 aims to provide a platform for examining how ELT, in higher education today, is multi-pedagogical, interdisciplinary and intercultural. Specifically, we are interested in papers that focus on connections between different disciplinary ideas and methods as well as socio-cultural, institutional and digital contexts that variously shape and are, in turn, enhanced by pedagogical engagements within the language and communication classroom. “Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines, cultures” thus seeks to explore how the three paradigms are evolving and how they continually interact with and impact one another.

There will be four thematic strands in the symposium, namely:

  • Curriculum design and materials development: EAP, WAC, content-focused writing, business and professional communication, embedded instruction
  • Classroom pedagogies and practices: collaborative learning, flipped classrooms, multimodality, blended instruction
  • Assessment: formative and summative evaluations, diagnostic and achievement testing, student feedback
  • Language education and society: interpersonal and intercultural communicative competence in a global age, bilingual and multilingual education, ELT and ideology, language and power

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Suresh Canagarajah (Pennsylvania State University, @sureshcanax), Professor Paul Kei Matsuda (Arizona State University, @pmatsuda) and Professor Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia).

People interested in presenting a paper at the symposium are requested to submit an abstract (200-250 words, title 12 words max, plus five key words) and a 50-word bio-note. Abstracts are to be uploaded here by 15 November 2015. These will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the Symposium theme and originality of approach, and may be accepted as parallel papers, workshops, demonstrations, posters or colloquia. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 January 2016.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission 15 November 2015
Notification of acceptance 15 January 2016
Early bird registration deadline 31 March 2016
Presenters’ registration & payment deadline 4 May 2016
Registration system closes 10 May 2016

The conference will be held at the National University of Singapore, from 25 to 27 May 2016. You can find additional details about the symposium, the organisers’ contact details and information about financial assistance at the conference website.


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