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Applying visual methods in research on language use and learning/teaching has gained popularity in recent years. The use of visual methods has provided new ways of examining language users’ and learners’ experiences in and approaches towards languages and language learning. Visual methods have also provided language teachers with new possibilities to e.g. raise language awareness. The analysis of visual data such as drawings, photos, picture collages (among others) is, however, a challenging task. With the planned Special Issues, we wish to illustrate cutting-edge research on language learning/teaching and use with a variety of visual data (or possibly multimodal data) collected and analyzed. The specific focus is on the learning and/or teaching of additional languages or users of more than one language, and their experiences of being multilinguals.

We envision one or two special issues, each consisting of 5 or 6 articles. Each article would be approximately 7000 – 8000 words long with references. To continue our negotiation with a prospective journal, we need a proposal for each article/paper to be included in the special issue (or two).

Paper proposals: 

An article proposal should be approximately 1000 words in length. The proposal should report original empirical research and it should include: Proposed title; Aims of the study; The theoretical framework adhered to; Description of data and the methods of data collection; Description of the analysis of data; Tentative outcomes and implications; Key references; Author(s) information: full name(s) and contact details (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers).


Article proposals October 9, 2015

Notification of acceptance in the proposal to a journal October 30, 2015

Proposal to a journal December 2015

First draft of full article Early Spring 2015

Final draft of full article Late Spring 2016

Submission Autumn 2016

We are looking forward to learning about and sharing cutting-edge/innovative research projects in the field. Please send the proposals electronically to: 

Professor  Paula Kalaja

University of Jyväskylä, Finland 

paula.kalaja (at)


Professor  Anne Pitkänen-Huhta 

University of Jyväskylä, Finland 

anne.pitkanen-huhta (at)



Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

University of Jyväskylä, Finland 

We are now inviting proposals for presentations in this international conference, organized for the second time. The first one was held in Graz, Austria in May 2014.

Conference theme 

The conference will focus on the role of psychology in learning and teaching languages and address among other things such key issues in the field as: learners and teachers as individuals with various aspects of their psychology involved, including self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, emotions, strategies, styles, etc.; the learning process and its outcomes; and the diversity of contexts where the learning and teaching of languages takes place these days. 

Academic programme 

In addition to the talks delivered by plenary speakers, the programme will consist of paper and poster sessions, colloquia and workshops. 

Plenary speakers 

o Phil Benson, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia 

o Maggie Kubanyiova, University of Birmingham, UK 

o Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria 

Presentations by conference participants 

The submission of proposals opens on February 1, 2016 (see the conference website), and closes on March 15, 2016. This is done by filling out an online form. Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster, 3) colloquium (with thematically related papers, discussion and audience participation), and 4) workshop (with hands-on activities based on some data or a specific topic) 

Length of abstracts: paper or poster (300 words, max., including references), colloquium (500 words, max., including titles of papers but no mention of presenters by name; and if a proposal is accepted, an abstract will be requested for each paper, 300 words, max.); workshop (500 words, max.). Length of presentations in the conference: paper (20 min. and 10 min. for questions and answers), poster (size AO, max.), colloquium (90 or 180 min.), workshop (90 min.) 

Language policy: The language of the conference is English. If a presentation is based on data in any other language, use of multilingual material (e.g. in Power Point slides, handouts) is recommended. The proposals for any type of presentation will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the PLL Scientific Committee and the Organizing Committee, and they will be evaluated for their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance, quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression). For colloquia/workshops: clear schedule of activities, discussion and/or audience participation. 

Presentation acceptances will be sent out by early May 2016. 

For any queries, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The conference is organized back-to-back with/in cooperation with the 26th annual conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) Wednesday, August 24 – Saturday, August 27, 2016. Both events are organized in Jyväskylä, Finland. 


Call for papers

Languages for Life: Educational, Professional and Social Contexts

WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

July 19-22, 2016,

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WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) is calling for proposals for papers and posters for the conference ALA 2016. The submission deadline for both is 15 November 2015.

We welcome abstracts that address any aspects of research on language awareness. In accordance with the conference theme, submissions are encouraged to focus on the state of the art, on challenges and future avenues of research related to the following fields: 

A. Language Awareness in Language Learning and Language Teaching

B. Language Awareness in the Workplace and Business

C. Language Awareness and Awareness of (New/Social) Media and Literacies

D. Language Awareness, Intercultural Awareness, Communication Awareness

E. Critical Language Awareness

F. Awareness and Attitudes concerning Languages and Varieties

Please visit our website ( for more information. 

For further inquiries you can contact us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Confirmed plenary speakers

Veronika Koller (Lancaster University)

Almut Köster (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University)

Dennis Preston (Oklahoma State University) (Eric Hawkins Lecture)

Submission guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted at and may not exceed 300 words (excluding references). Authors may submit a maximum of two abstracts if at least one of these is co-authored. The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and notification of acceptance will be sent at the beginning of 2016. General registration will open in December 2015.

The language of the conference is predominantly English, but contributions in other languages will also be considered. In such cases, PowerPoints or other visual materials should be in English or bilingual. Please choose the language which best suits your needs as well as those of the audience. All abstracts must be submitted in English, even if this will not be the language of the presentation. The title should be provided in the original language with an English translation in brackets, if applicable.

Academic programme

The conference will consist of 

- full paper presentations (20 minutes, 10 minutes Q&A)

- an invited colloquium: “ALA meets Verbal” (Austrian Association of Applied Linguistics)

- a poster slam / poster presentations (A0, portrait format) 

- a workshop for PhD students / young scholars

Conference venue

ALA 2016 will be held at the WU, one of the major business universities of Europe ( The new campus of the WU, completed in 2013, sets new standards with regard to the construction of universities ( It lies at the heart of Vienna and is easily accessible by public transport. The campus’ modern architecture and numerous convenient facilities make this an attractive area to explore, while the ‘Prater’-Park adjacent to the campus affords the opportunity to relax and unwind. Further information about the venue, travel arrangements and accommodation is available on our website: 

ALA membership 

If you are not yet a member of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA), we strongly recommend that you join now. ALA members will be charged a lower conference fee and will receive the official journal Language Awareness (four issues per year). 

More information with respect to membership can be found on ALA’s website:


PhD students and early career researchers are encouraged to send in abstracts as they may qualify for an ALA conference scholarship. More information will be made available in the second circular. 

The conference will be organised by members of the Department of Foreign Language Business Communication (Institutes for English, Romance and Slavic Languages):

Martin Stegu (Head of Committee)

Herbert Angermeyer 

Angelika Hechtl

Susanne Kopf

Vera Carla Poschauko 

Tom S. Rankin

Brigitte Seidler-Lunzer 

Johanna Woydack


The annual Autumn Symposium of the Finnish Association of Applied Linguistics (AFinLA) will be held 13-14 November 2015 at the  University of Helsinki.

The theme of the symposium is “The language user in changing institutions”. As in previous years, we welcome papers on all topics within applied linguistics. The working methods of the symposium include individual presentations, poster presentations, colloquia and workshops. 

Our invited speakers are:

Theresa Lillis, Open University, UK

Alexandre Duchêne, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland

Liisa Tainio, Helsingin yliopisto, Finland

The abstracts for both individual presentations and posters are limited to 300 words, including references. The time allotted to section papers will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion. The maximum poster size is A0.

The duration of a colloquium is either 90 or 180 minutes. The convenors of a colloquium are asked to submit a description of the theme of the colloquium (max. 500 words). The description should include a list of the contributors and their titles in the order in which the presentations will be given. In addition, all colloquium contributors are required to submit individual abstracts (max. 300 words) in which they indicate the name of the colloquium in which they are going to present. Colloquia can also take the form of a panel, in which case the duration is 90 minutes. Panel contributors do not need to submit a separate abstract, but panel convenors should submit a 500-word description of the proposed panel and list the names of panel contributors.

The duration of a workshop is either 90 or 180 minutes. The organisers of workshops are asked to submit a description of the workshop (max. 500 words). 

Proposals should be sent as an email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4 September 2015. The main languages of the AFinLA symposium are Finnish and English, but presentations in other languages are also welcome. Please note that if you wish to present a paper at the AFinLA symposium, you need to be a member of AFinLA or an AILA affiliate organization. More information on how to become a member of AFinLA can be found online at:

Local organising committee: Anna Solin (chair), Niina Hynninen, Maria Kela, Simo Määttä, Taru Nordlund, Ulla Tiililä, Johanna Vaattovaara and Hanna-Mari Pienimäki (conference secretary). You can e-mail the organisers at afinla-2015@helsinki

More information on the symposium is available on the symposium website at