“Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes” 

14th Annual Conference of the BAAL LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING Special Interest Group

12 & 13 July 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Language Learning, Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL), University of Southampton, SOUTHAMPTON, UK


Fiona Copland – University of Stirling

John Gray – UCL Institute of Education

Tony Liddicoat – University of Warwick


“Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”

The theme of the LLT SIG conference at Southampton in 2018 will enable participants to discuss the challenges offered to traditional language education policy and practice by increasing interconnected globalization and changing conceptions of identity, accompanied by a rise in global migratory flows, resurgent nationalism and social inequality. These challenges have both foreseen and unforeseen consequences for the development and implementation of language education policy, and for teaching, learning and assessment practices. We invite papers and posters which make a contribution to understanding the issues which arise in the pre-school, school, and university language curriculum, in community-based and online learning and teaching contexts, and in the evaluation and management processes which shape language education experiences.


Abstracts are invited on any aspect of language teaching and learning, based on research in Applied Linguistics or related perspectives on language education.  Abstracts which address the conference theme, and which relate to lesser taught languages, such as Chinese, will be particularly welcome.

Proposals are invited for paper presentations of 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcome. A title + abstract of maximum 250 words should be submitted. Abstracts should report original research and profile the context, objectives, method(s), and results of your study.

All proposals should be submitted by 16 March 2018 here.     


A small number of scholarships covering the conference fee and accommodation are available for student presenters. To apply, please complete the scholarship field on the abstract submission page.

Notifications of the acceptance of abstracts will be sent out by 16 April 2018, and those awarded scholarships will be informed by 23 April 2018.


BAAL Members                       :                                  £160

Non-BAAL Members              :                                  £185

Students/Unwaged                :                                 £135

(Baal members and non-members)

The conference fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch.


You can register for the conference, and book accommodation on campus for campus for 1 or 2 nights (£42 per night), and the conference dinner at St Mary’s football stadium (£50, including transport) at the University of Southampton Online Store.

For further general information please visit the conference website, and follow our latest updates through our Facebook group and Twitter account.

Specific questions and inquiries can be submitted to E.M.Forward@soton.ac.uk

Conference co-chairs:  Richard Kiely and Julia Huettner, Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Southampton.

Conference administrator: Erin Forward