Language Assessment for Multilingualism: promoting linguistic diversity and intercultural communication

The 5th ALTE International Conference is one of the largest multilingual events for the global language assessment community. ALTE Paris 2014 provides an opportunity to hear influential voices, discuss key issues and meet colleagues from around the world. The two day event builds on the success of the 4th ALTE International Conference, held in 2011, by extending the debate into new and fascinating areas. Plenary speakers reflect both the diversity and scope of the event, and the increasingly important field of language assessment.

The conference will take place in Paris, from Thursday 10 – Friday 11 April, at the Maison Internationale, part of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

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Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice in 2014

Department of Language Studies, Umeå Uiversity, SwedenAre happy to announce the first international conference at Umeå on the theme of young children learning second and foreign languages

Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice in 2014

Umeå: 12th -14th June, 2014

In the year when Umeå celebrates its role as European Capital of Culture 2014, we would like to welcome you to join us during the long summer days in northern Sweden for an international conference, “Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice in 2014” at Umeå university.

The conference focuses on early second and foreign language learning in school contexts, reviewing contemporary challenges for young children, aged 3-12 years, learning languages in many different school contexts worldwide. This specialist conference offers opportunities for researchers, language teachers, language advisers and policy makers to develop links and establish networks, helping to expand the pool of research expertise in this field.

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9th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism

The 9th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism will be held at Uppsala University in June 12-14, 2014. . The International Association of Multilingualism was founded in 2004 and thus celebrates its 10th anniversary during the conference in 2014.

Registration will open in January 2014.



Conference NebrijaWelcome to the II International Conference on Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching: Towards Plurilingualism, an opportunity for researchers and teachers, both experts and novices, to share the results of their studies and didactic experiences.

Developing a multilingual competence of citizens is a lifelong learning task, integrating the efforts of the educational system, the scientific community, the experts in language learning and its teaching, the certifying institutions, as well as the personal motivation and effort of each individual. The interdisciplinary nature of applied linguistics can address the multiple challenges of multilingualism.

The languages present in the Conference are English, French, German and Spanish, with a panel specific for each of them, composed of the following sections: oral presentations, workshops, posters and junior research projects

In this second edition of the International Conference we have as a novelty our invitation to researchers and teachers of other languages, due to the interest they may have in the development of plurilingual competencies. Therefore, we are glad to receive Catalan and Chinese as guest languages.

Representatives of the six linguistic communities, will discuss in two round tables about the challenges of the multilingual society and about different aspects of the assessment of communicative language competence in foreign languages.

The programme is rounded off with a series of master lectures given by international leading experts in the most recent aspects of the Conference’s topics.

Those papers selected by a group of anonymous experts for their remarkable interest and scientific rigour will be published in a collective book of scientific nature.

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Call for Papers for Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus

Language Learning 2 – 6:
International perspectives on early years plurilingualism

23 – 25 May 2014
European University, Nicosia, Cyprus


The IATEFL Young Learner and Teenager SIG (YLTSIG) and the Cyprus Teachers of English Association (CyTEA) are coming together to organize a conference which explores the perspectives and experiences of teaching languages to very young learners of 2 to 6 years of age around the world.

The conference looks at the learning of any additional languages and is not limited to the learning of English as a foreign or second language.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: January 31st 2014

Call for proposals – 5th Conference on Public Service Interpreting and Translation (PSI&T)

The international event will take place on 4-5 April 2014 at the University of Alcalá (UAH) in Madrid.

The conference aims to offer PSI&T researchers, practitioners, trainers, academics, public service authorities and people who are generally interested in intercultural communication, translation and interpreting, a forum for dialogue in this changing society, as well as an opportunity to exchange opinions.

The main theme of the Conference is “(Re)visiting Ethics and Strengthening Connections”. Those who are interested should send proposals on the following topics (but not exclusively):

  • Discussing ethical issues in both research and teaching
  • Studying interpreters and translators in conflict
  • Interpreting and translating for victims of war, sexual assault, survivors of torture and trauma, etc.
  • Exploring connections with other types of interpreting such as conference or court interpreting
  • Analysing advances in PSI&T between local, national, and international institutions.

The Conference will include plenary lectures, papers, seminars, posters and round tables. Participants delivering papers will have a maximum of 30 minutes (discussion/questions time included). The official languages will be Spanish and English.

All those who are interested in participating are kindly asked to send a 200-word abstract by 29th November 2013 using this webpage. The decision of the Scientific Committee will be sent by 10th December 2013.

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No island is an island – European perspectives on language learning in Britain‘

No island is an island – European perspectives on language learning in Britain‘ at London Olympia, on the 18 October 2013 from 10.15 to 16.00.

This event will mark the first day of the London Language Show, 18 to 20 October, an exhibition attracting over 10,000 passionate language learners, teachers, translators and jobseekers each year. It has been organised by the European Commission’s Departments for Education and Culture and for Interpretation under the auspices of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and including a keynote speech from Elizabeth Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare.

The conference will address the following from an EU and UK perspective:

  • An examination of the foreign-language deficit’s effect on international trade and ability to compete within the EU labour market.
  • Discussion of the explicit benefits for increased language learning, both for employability and social integration in the UK.
  • Analysis of successful policy implementation in other EU states and discussion on how they could be adapted in a UK context.
  • Current UK activism, projects and proposed changes to boost language learning in the UK.

Commissioner Vassiliou said ‘I hope the UK will continue in its efforts to reverse the trends in language learning at A Level and University. Multilingualism brings significant social and economic benefits. Students with language skills are more versatile and employable and will ensure Europe’s businesses can compete world-wide.’

In attendance will be UK politicians, UK and EU civil servants, representatives from large private sector recruiters, small business owners, head teachers, education specialists, and university and school students.

Please follow this link and register as soon as possible.

The conference website includes the conference programme, speaker’s biographies, and general information including the conference schedule and location.