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The Eighth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF8): Conceptualization and Pedagogical Solutions

Call for papers

The Organizing Committee of ELF8, to be held in Beijing between 25 and 27 August 2015, invites proposals for presentations in any ELF related areas including but not limited to:

  • Conceptualizing ELF
  • Describing ELF
  • Approaches and Methodologies of ELF
  • ELF: Attitudes, Identity and Voices
  • ELF, Culture and Society
  • ELF and Language Policy
  • ELF and Language Education
  • ELF and Translation/Interpretation
  • ELF in Different Contexts

Types of presentations:

Proposals are invited for paper presentations and poster presentations. The paper presentation discusses and describes the presenter’s complete or on‐going work in relation to theory, empirical research or practice. Each presentation will be given 15 minutes duration plus 10 minutes for discussion.

The poster presentation enables presenters to post their ideas/thoughts/materials/data on a noticeboard and answer queries/respond to comments from interested conference participants. Poster sessions will be scheduled as part of the conference programme. Specific guidelines for poster presentations will be sent together with the acceptance notice.

Your abstracts must be submitted online at:

Please provide a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to indicate the central issues that you wish to address. You can choose either paper presentation or poster presentation.

New abstract submission closes on March 31, 2015. Confirmation of receipt of your submission will be sent automatically and notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April 2015.

Keynote speakers:

  • Jennifer Jenkins (University of Southampton)
  • Li Wei (University of London)
  • Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki)
  • Wen Qiufang (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

Invited symposia/colloquia/ workshops/conveners:

  • Will Baker (University of Southampton)
  • Martin Dewey (King's College London)
  • Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University)
  • Kumiko Murata (Waseda University)
  • Barbara Seidlhofer (University of Vienna)
  • Ying Wang (China Three Gorges University)
  • Henry Widdowson (University of Vienna)