Conference Announcement

Early Language Learning: Multiple perspectives – Diverse voices

June 13-15, 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and the School of Education, University of Iceland are pleased to announce the third international conference on Early Language Learning 2018.

In association with the AILA Research Network on Early Language Learning, we would like to invite you to experience the ‘bright nights’ of Reykjavík and to explore and discuss issues surrounding multilingualism and young language learners. The conference will focus on early second and foreign language learning in preschool and primary education contexts across the globe. With this conference we hope to provide opportunities for colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds (e.g., researchers, teachers, policy makers) to establish links and expand the work in the fields of multilingualism, linguistic diversity and early language learning.

Conveners and organizing committee: Samúel Lefever, University of Iceland; Hanna Ragnarsdóttir, University of Iceland; Fríða Jónsdóttir, City of Reykjavík; Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, University of Iceland ; Kristín Erla Harðardóttir, University of Iceland

The organizing committee of the ELL Conference 2018 invites the submission of abstracts on any research or teaching-oriented topic relating to the learning of a foreign, second or additional languages by learners of primary school age or younger (ages 3-12). Topics relating to younger or older learners (up to age 15) will also be considered.

Submissions are invited for paper, colloquia or poster presentations. Paper presentations are allowed 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Designated times will be scheduled for poster presentations. Colloquia will be allowed 60-90 minutes. Colloquia proposals should be submitted by a chair on behalf of 3-5 presenters. The proposal should include an introduction of no more than 100 words followed by abstracts of each contribution. Abstracts for all types of presentations should be no more than 350 words and include the following:

  •   Name and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  •   Email address
  •   Title of the presentation (max. 20 words).
  •   Abstract: aims of the study, theoretical underpinning, methodology, main findings and discussion, implications for practice/policy and references (if included).

The total number of presentations per participant (as individual or co-presenter) should be no more than two, including a combination of oral presentation and/or poster presentation.

Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017

Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2018

Further information regarding online submission and registration will be made available on the conference website by October 10, 2017.



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