Call for Papers

Our conference aims to provide language teachers and educators with opportunities to share and exchange ideas on current practices in various areas regarding foreign language education. We are, therefore, interested in receiving proposals regarding presentations on relevant topics including research studies and effective practices addressing learner and teacher development, syllabus and materials design, testing and assessment, institutional development, and policy making.

LIF2018 ’s themeContemporary Means and Methods in ELT and Applied Linguistics aims at providing a forum for researchers, teachers and educational representatives. LIF2018 topics include (but are not limited to):

We accept proposals that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

·      Foreign Language Teacher Education
·      SLA / ELT focused theories and research (productive and receptive skills, linguistic and communicative competences, code-switching, classroom interaction analysis, assessment and evaluation, curriculum development)
·      ICT in Language Teaching
·      Psychological and psycholinguistic perspectives in SLA / ELT (attitudinal patterns, motivation, individual learner differences, learning strategies, learner autonomy)
·      Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) + Content and Language Integrated Learning in German (CLILiG)
·      Multilingualism / bilingualism
·      Sociolinguistic theories and research (quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of language, ethnographic and anthropological approaches to the study of language; language contact)
·      Socio-cultural considerations (intercultural competence development, multiculturalism in theory and practice, ethnic/language minority classrooms)
·      Corpus Linguistics and Learner Corpora
·      Syntax and interfaces with morphology and semantics
·      Lexical processing
·      Phonological processing
·      Cross-linguistic influences
·      Discourse analysis
·      Translation and interpreting
·      Educational language policies


Paper presentation [20 + 10 mins] 

The proposal should indicate the purpose of the study and its relevance to the theme of the conference. It can describe completed research or research in progress. For completed research, the methodology including the data collection and analysis procedures and the findings should be provided. For research in progress, steps related to the data collection and analysis processes should be described. For either submission, the proposal should include actual or anticipated results and their implications for future practices or further research.


Workshop [50 mins]

The proposal should clearly indicate how a new idea for teacher or learner development will be presented as a series of hands-on activities rather than as paper delivery. The idea to be shared with participants could be a new teaching technique; a new perspective on teacher development or learner progress; or it can be a new technological tool or software to foster teaching, learning or research. The proposal should clearly identify the stages of the workshop, showing how participants will gain insights into the new idea presented.


Poster Presentation 

Posters will also play a significant part in the conference, with a special area set aside for posters. Poster presenters will also have the chance to have their work published in the proceedings should they submit their work in the required format for publication. A proposal for a poster presentation should clearly indicate the purpose of the work - as in the case of a paper presentation proposal - and its relevance to the conference theme. Posters may be of any size as long as they meet the criteria (please see the link on the conference website for details and instructions)


Panel [50 mins]

Proposals for a research panel should consist of 3 or 4 coherent and related papers. Submissions should include a 250 word abstract of the theme of the research panel, the author names, title and a max. 250 word abstract per paper.


Please notice

"Abstracts of papers, workshops or posters in the range of 200-250 words together with the registration form should be sent via the conference website using Abstract Submission Form by December 15, 2017. Each participant will have the opportunity to present 2 papers. You will be notified about the status of your submission by January 15, 2018."