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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

Talks by 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 and closes on March 15, 2016. This is done by filling out an online form at

o   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)

o   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.)

o   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.)

o   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.

Proposal acceptances will be sent out by early May 2016.

The conference will be held in Paviljonki congress centre.

Registration will open on the conference website on May 2. Those whose proposals get accepted will have to register by May 15. The conference fee is EUR 225–300 for regular participants and EUR 100 for students, and it includes lunch and refreshments. 

The social programme will include a conference dinner in a restaurant with panoramic views over the City of Jyväskylä, and a half-a-day excursion to Mänttä, a great destination for lovers of fine arts and nature.

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

We look forward to seeing you in Jyväskylä, Finland, in late August 2016.

Organizing Committee