Language Teacher Education for a World on the Move: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Student Populations

Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education

Call for Papers

The submission period is now over.

The Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers, posters, panels, and discussion sessions on all aspects of the educational and professional development of language teachers. Proposals may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language teacher education. The 21st century, with its ongoing migration and globalization trends, requires new approaches to teacher training. The theme of LTE 2017 alerts us to the diverse nature of student populations in an increasingly multilingual world, and to the importance of language teacher trainers in addressing the challenges and potentials of this population.

The mission of this biennial conference is to address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: world language teaching; bilingual education; heritage and community language education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings in an increasingly diverse and multilingual world.

Types of Sessions

Paper Session (25 min): A paper involves a presentation on a topic related to one of the four themes. Papers will be grouped thematically when possible. Grouped paper presentation sessions will include three papers followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion after all of the papers have been presented. Total session time: 105 minutes. Abstract Word Limit: 400; Author Limit: 3

Discussion Session (55 min): Discussion Sessions address a topic best pursued through extended dialog among participants. These sessions will begin with a short (10 minute) informal presentation, the remaining time will be devoted to discussion moderated by the presenter/facilitator. Discussion sessions are given in small-group settings. Note: a limited number of Discussion Session abstracts will be selected to accommodate the program schedule. Time: 55 min. Abstract Word Limit: 400. Author Limit: 3

Panel Session (105 min): A panel provides an opportunity for a group of individuals (typically three to five) to propose a specific issue or topic in the field of language teacher education and examine it from a variety of perspectives. Total presentation time is limited to one hour to ensure that the remaining time allows for presenters and the audience to engage in extended dialog. Time: 105 minutes; Abstract Word Limit: 600; Author Limit: 6

Poster Session (105 min.): At a poster session, the presenter stands by a display (typically a poster or a personal computer), summarizing his/her research for the duration of the poster session. Participants walk by and view the presentation and interact with the presenter. Time: 105 minutes

Note: All proposals should be appropriate for an audience of language teacher educators and fit within one of the four themes listed above.

Submission Guidelines

  • All proposals should be appropriate for an audience of language teacher educators (not language teachers) and fit within one of the four themes listed above.
  • You will need a 400-word (maximum) abstract of your paper, poster, panel or discussion session (up to 600 words for a panel).
  • Study the paper review criteria (below).
  • Lead presenters will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with information concerning the conference and presentations.
  • You may propose one session as a lead presenter, though you can be listed as a co-presenter for additional sessions.
  • For symposia or presentations with more than 1 presenter, please include the contact information for all presenters even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent to the first (lead) presenter listed.
  • Audio/visual equipment: a data projector and screen will be provided in each room, and an overhead projector by prior request. Please note: Presenters will need to bring their own laptop, and pay for renting other requested items such as a TV/VCR.

More information about these details will be sent to presenters of selected sessions at a later date.

Paper Review Criteria

  1. Statement of purpose and relevance to theme: Does the abstract clearly explain the research problem or question? Is the research problem or question relevant to the theme?
  2. Clarity and completeness of abstract: Is the abstract clearly written and well organized? Does it describe and connect the purpose of the scholarship to the literature? Does the author show an understanding of existing literature?
  3. Quality and originality of research: Is the work original? Is there evidence of significant research outcome /success of the project? Is the significance of the research clearly stated? Does the research contribute notably to the field of language teacher training?
  4. Interest: Is the paper likely to be of interest to a reasonable number of attendees? Is the paper timely in terms of current issues of interest in the field of language teacher training?