The department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is pleased to host the 14th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG conference at the University of Southampton on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July 2018. This year’s theme will be:

“Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”

The theme will enable participants to discuss the challenges offered to traditional language education policy and practice by increasing interconnected globalization and changing conceptions of identity, accompanied by a rise in global migratory flows, resurgent nationalism and social inequality. These challenges have both foreseen and unforeseen consequences for the development and implementation of language education policy, and for teaching, learning and assessment practices. We invite papers and posters which make a contribution to understanding the issues which arise in the pre-school, school, and university language curriculum, in community-based and online learning and teaching contexts, and in the evaluation and management processes which shape language education experiences.

Confirmed plenary speakers: 

Dr Prue Holmes, University of Durham

Professor Tony Liddicoat, University of Warwick

Dr John Gray, UCL Institute of Education

Questions and enquiries can be sent to Erin Forward: E.M.Forward@soton.ac.uk

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Southampton,

The conference organisers:

Richard Kiely, Julia Huettner & Erin Forward


Important information – weather warning

It is currently a lot warmer than usual in Southampton right now (highs of 30 degrees Celsius, which is very hot for the UK!) and according to the weather forecast, the high temperature is likely to continue this week during the conference. Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and stay hydrated. Water will be provided …

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Two weeks today!

The BAAL LLT SIG 2018 conference is 2 weeks today! You can still register for the conference: bit.ly/2JRhApI  Please note, we do not have many rooms left for the conference accommodation, book by tomorrow to avoid disappointment!

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Change in plenary speaker

Sadly,  Prof Fiona Copland can no longer attend the conference.  However, we are pleased to announce that Dr Prue Holmes (University of Durham) will give the closing plenary on Friday 13th July: ‘Intercultural pedagogies for language learning in “unstable” and “stable” contexts: Some affordances, challenges, and complementarities’.

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Accommodation has almost sold out!

Accommodation at our Glen Eyre Halls of Residence has almost sold out. Book now to avoid disappointment!

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