The School of Language and Global Studies is pleased to host the 13th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG at the University of Central Lancashire from Thursday 6th July to Friday 7th July 2017. This year’s theme will be:

‘Celebrating the diversity of language teaching’


Japanese garden, Avenham Park

Language learning and teaching takes place in diverse settings around the world. The variety of contexts and acronyms such as MFL, EFL, EAL and ESOL can sometimes serve to highlight the differences within this diversity rather than the commonalities. Yet despite the apparent differences such as class size, language(s) learned, age of learners and reasons for language learning, there are many shared concerns. These relate, for example, to target language use, motivation, assessment, role of L1, language learning processes and teacher education.

This conference will encourage participants to consider how the realities of these different contexts throw light upon the many shared concerns that practitioners may have, and how we might all learn from one another.

  • What does research into language learning processes tell us about the impact of pedagogy in different contexts?
  • How does the learning of additional languages affect first language development?
  • What are the shared concerns of teachers of learners of different ages?
  • How do we assess language learning in different contexts?
  • What are the challenges facing teacher education?

Papers and posters are invited from researchers or practitioners in any field of language learning and teaching, to focus on an aspect of the conference theme. We hope to welcome a variety of presentations from the worlds of MFL, EAL, EFL, ESOL and any other language learning context.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford.

Dr Chris Jones, University of Liverpool.

Professor Suzanne Graham, University of Reading.


Questions and enquiries can be sent to baalsig.llt2017@gmail.com

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Central Lancashire.uni-logo