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EBFL 2023 - Evidence-based Foreign Language Learning - Multilingualism in Education

Date :  du 07-06-2023 au 10-06-2023

Appel à communications ouvert jusqu'au :  09-12-2022

Lieu :  Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona

Modalité :  présentiel

Organisation :  Haute école pédagogique Zurich (HEP Zurich)

Programme : 

We welcome proposals about empirical evidence on foreign language learning and teaching across varied geopolitical contexts, spanning the widest possible range of methodologies, epistemologies, and fields. We are keen on offering a rich program that explores phenomena at different nested levels – societies, schools and classrooms, communities and families, minds and brains.

The conference will also seek to attract and encourage young researchers with an empirical focus in their projects (doctoral & post-doctoral students). In the interest of fostering new ideas and talents, there will be a slot for poster presentations in which young researchers can discuss their work with mentors and experts.

To register for this conference, please submit an abstract (500 words, including references) for a conference paper by 9th December, 2022. The organizing committee will evaluate all submitted abstracts based on the following criteria:

  • theoretical background
  • empirical design
  • originality and relevance of research

There are two formats for contributions:

  • individual presentation: lecture (20 minutes) followed by discussion (10 minutes)
  • poster presentation: poster pitch (2 minutes) followed by individual discussions with attendees.

Presentations by participants will be grouped into «workshops» of similar topics and approaches. Posters will be exhibited in a designated lecture hall and discussed in detail in the poster session. It is possible for two researchers to submit a presentation or poster jointly.

Intended addressees

Researchers in first and foreign language acquisition and related fields
Researchers in educational sciences with an interest in SLA
Researchers and lecturers in second language teaching and learning (Fachdidaktiker:innen)
PhD and post-doctoral students in these fields

The conference will focus on three key areas which we believe to be paramount in modern evidence-based FLL research:

  • multilingualism in society and education;
  • the use of digital tools in FLL;
  • the brain-language interface (cognitive processes and language learning strategies).

We will approach these topics in an interdisciplinary manner, bringing together foreign language researchers, educational psychologists and second language acquisition/multilingualism specialists. The organizers have put together a line-up of renowned keynote speakers who are best-in-field experts with respect to at least one of these topics. Participants are encouraged to submit research which relates to one of these areas, which will be grouped as thematic workshops. However, research on other topics can also be presented: teaching and learning methods, teacher education, diagnostic processes, etc.

Plenary Speakers

  • McNamara, Danielle (Arizona State Univ.) Use of digital tools in (foreign) language learning
  • Ludwig, Peter H. (Univ. Koblenz-Landau) The quality of learning strategy use in foreign language classes. Video-based measurement of trace data in cooperative learning environments
  • Poarch, Greg (Univ. of Groningen) Multilingualism and cognition - implications for education
  • Meyer, Martin (Univ. Zürich) Beyond Broca and Wernicke – new insights about the brain-language relationship
  • Römer, Ute (Georgia State Univ.) Usage-based SLA research and its relevance for FL pedagogy: What can learner corpora tell us?


mot(s) clé(s) :  langues vivantes, psychologie de l'éducation