May 6 - May 8, 2021


Valletta, Malta


Truly International

Keynote Speakers

Meet the Giants

LIF2021 / The Annual Learning Adventure

LIF2021 – 7th International Language in Focus Conference, the learning adventure, will be organized in Valletta, MaltaMay 6 – May 8, 2021, in collaboration with Cukurova University – Turkey, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College – Greece, and University of Malta. Annual International LIF Conferences have already become an academic platform for exchanging ideas, projects and scientific research between aspiring academics, teachers, university students, and well-known researchers thanks to your invaluable contributions. In harmony with this spirit of academic enthusiasm, we would like to invite academics, scholars, representatives of central and local educational authorities, non-governmental organizations, school teachers and practitioners representing an exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religions to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. LIF2021, to be held in Valletta, Malta, will constitute an excellent opportunity to meet experts in various areas of ELT and language studies.

LIF2021 – KEYNOTE SPEAKERS / We stand on the shoulders of the giants…

  • David Marsh
  • Anne O’Keeffe
  • David Singleton
  • Jane Spiro
  • Ema Ushioda


The Aims of LIF2021 Learning Adventure are:

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information on good practices within English Language Teaching;
  • Strengthen and broaden the network of English language teachers and all those involved in the ELT sector worldwide;
  • Increase the links between the ELT communities;
  • Showcase research in the fields of applied linguistics and language education.


LIF2021 aims at providing a forum for researchers, teachers and educational representatives to share their knowledge and promote creativity and innovation. LIF2021 topics include (but are not limited to):

  • ELT Methodology and Classroom Applications
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • SLA / ELT Focused Theories 
  • ICT in Language Teaching
  • Psychological and Psycholinguistic perspectives in SLA / ELT 
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL and CLILiG)
  • Bilingualism / Multilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics and Learner Corpora
  • Syntax, Morphology, and Semantics
  • Lexical Processing
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Translation and Interpreting 
  • Language Policies 


Abstracts of papers, workshops or posters in the range of 200-250 words together with the registration form should be submitted via the conference website using the Abstract Submission form by February 15th, 2021. Each participant will have the opportunity to present up to 2 papers

Conference Publication : The studies presented at the conference will be published by an international publishing house (most probably by Cambridge Scholars) as book chapters in an edited book. We will send you the related publishing guideline after the conference.

Register LIF2021

TESTIMONIALS / See What People Say About LIF Learning Adventures

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Keynote Speakers / meet with greaters

David Marsh

LIF2021 Keynote Speaker

One of the fathers of CLIL. The term CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) was coined by David Marsh.  He has worked on multilingualism & bilingual education since the 1980s in Europe and South-east Asia. He coordinated the European team which launched the concept CLIL as a Europe-wide educational initiative in 1994. (...MORE...)

Anne O’Keeffe

LIF2021 Keynote Speaker

She is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her research output includes papers, chapters, and books on Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics, and Media Discourse. These include Investigating Media Discourse, From Corpus to Classroom, English Grammar Today, Introducing Pragmatics in Use. She also co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. (...MORE...)

Jane Spiro

LIF2021 Keynote Speaker

Reader in Education and TESOL within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, program leader for the MA in Education (TESOL) and a member of the Steering Executive for CICIN (Centre for the Internationalization of the Curriculum Inquiry and Networking) at Oxford Brookes University. She won a National Teaching Fellowship in 2010 for her work within the fields of creative language education, teacher development, and reflective practice. (...MORE...)

Ema Ushioda

LIF2021 Keynote Speaker

Her research interests include language, culture and identity, and particularly motivational perspectives on engaging with different languages and cultures, as well as issues of motivation and autonomy in language learning and their implications for classroom practice and teacher education. She has authored books including Teaching and Researching Motivation, with Zoltan Dornyei, and edited books including International Perspectives on Motivation. (...MORE...)

David Singleton


David Singleton is an emeritus professor of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He teaches at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary and the State University of Applied Sciences, Konin, Poland His research interests have ranged from fairly theoretical areas of linguistics (e.g. lexical semantics and semantic change) to very practical and applied domains (e.g. second language syllabus design).

Conference Fee / LIF2021, Valletta, Malta

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In the event of a force majeure situation, LIF Conference Organization reserves the right to alter or cancel the conference without prior notice, including any change of the time and/or venue of the conference. Any occurrence of force majeure event shall be communicated as soon as reasonably possible from the decision time. Force majeure includes any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of LIF Conference Organization, which prevents or impedes the realisation of the conference. This includes but is not limited to, government action, war or hostilities, riot or civil commotion, plague or other epidemic such as SARS, bird flu, COVID-19, earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, fire or other natural physical disaster, explosion, accident or breakdown, strike, lack of the usual means of transportation or terrorism. LIF Conference Organization shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential, punitive or exemplary damages, losses, expenditures or any other inconveniences or costs caused by such modification or cancellation of the conference. Unless provided otherwise by the applicable mandatory laws, the registration fees will be reimbursed in accordance with the LIF2020 – 7th International Language in Focus Conference cancelation policy.

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CONTACT US / for further information

Please do not hesitate to contact us for your further questions and requests.  Our conference team is always at your disposal.




How to reach LIF2021 - Conference Venue

Public transport to Valletta is available from all localities, as the main bus terminus of the island is located right at the entrance of the city. Public transport to Valletta is also available from Malta International Airport via Bus X4, X5, X7 (direction Valletta). For more information related to routes and timetable click here.

A taxi stand is also available at the airport.  Taxi service from the airport is available 24 hours a day to any destination in Malta, including Valletta. Fixed rates are applicable and pre-paid tickets can be purchased from the ticket booth at Arrivals. For rates and more details, you can click here.

Malta Transfer is MIA’s official hotel shuttle service. It offers convenient trips to and from your hotel in Malta or Gozo.  You can manage your transfers with fixed prices through the booking system here. Alternatively, you can visit the booking desk in our baggage reclaim area and make your transfer arrangements upon your arrival in Malta.