Conferences for Applied Linguistics, CALL, Language Teaching & Learning and French

If you’re interested in attending or presenting at conferences on applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, modern/foreign languages or French studies, here are some upcoming conferences. You still have time to submit abstracts for some of them. I plan on being in Wellington this November for the ALAA/ALANZ conference and Brisbane next August for the AILA World Congress. Any other organizations or conferences I should know about? My main areas are materials design, technology in language teaching/learning and vocabulary acquisition/teaching.

Applied Linguistics / CALL

Organization Dates Abstracts due Location
Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) May 21-25, 2013 Manoa, Hawaii
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL / ACLA) June 3-5, 2013 Victoria, British Columbia
International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) June 11-15, 2013 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Worldwide Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (WorldCALL) July 10-13, 2013 Glasgow, Scotland
Materials Development Association (MATSDA) July 13-14, 2013 Liverpool, England
British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) September 5-7, 2013 Edinburgh, Scotland
European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) September 11-14, 2013 Evora, Portugal
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia / NZ (ALAA / ALANZ) November 27-29, 2013 April 8, 2013 Wellington, New Zealand
Vocab@Vic December 18-20, 2013 April 12, 2013 Wellington, New Zealand
American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) March 22-25, 2014 August 21, 2013 Portland, Oregon
International Applied Linguistics Association / AILA World Congress August 10-15, 2014 April 30, 2013 Brisbane, Australia


Language Teaching & Learning / French

Organization Dates Abstracts due Location
International Conference on Languages, Literature and Linguistics April 29-30, 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa
Association for French Language Studies (AFLS) June 6-8, 2013 Perpignan, France
Languages & Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) July 3-5, 2013 Canberra, Australia
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association / New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (AFMLTA / NZALT) July 5-8, 2013 Canberra, Australia
American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) July 11-14, 2013 Providence, Rhode Island
International Conference on Linguistics, Literature, & Cultural studies in Modern Languages September 12-13, 2013 May 1, 2013 Murcia, Spain
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) November 22-24, 2013 Portland, Oregon
Australian Society for French Studies (ASFS) December 9-11, 2013 August 31, 2013 Brisbane, Australia
Association for Language Learning (ALL) March ???, 2014 UK?
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) November 21-23, 2014 San Antonio, Texas


I’ll continue to update this post if I find more conferences.

Dora will help you learn half a dozen languages

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Do some academics look down on other academics as well as non-academics?

+-*A recent post on The Thesis Whisperer, a blog designed to help research students in Australia, has been quite popular this past month. The title? Academic assholes and the circle of niceness Luckily, I have not personally experienced any aggressive or arrogant behavior at the universities I have attended in the US or Australia. My […]

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English Teaching Opportunities in France, Spain and Germany for 2013

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Death of a language website: [UPDATED: It’s back online and there are at least 3 mirror sites]

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Non-Linguists, Please Stop Trying to Do or Talk About Linguistics Without the Help of Actual Linguists

+-*Ben Zimmer has a wonderful article on “When physicists do linguistics” over at the Boston Globe, which can perhaps be best summarized by this comic from xkcd: Joking aside, I am happy that other disciplines have an interest in language – however, I hate when other disciplines try to do linguistic research and fail because […]

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+-*Listening while reading a transcript of what is said is the best way to improve overall comprehension as well as pronunciation. Extensive listening and reading also contribute to vocabulary acquisition. I have previously talked about TV series and movies that may include subtitles, but what about online videos? Youtube does have an automatic closed captioning […]

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A Weekend on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

+-*Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island and definitely worth a visit for the beautiful beaches and adorable wildlife. Although I’ve been to many beaches in Australia already, every new one I see is just as gorgeous as the last one. KI did not disappoint. The first view upon getting off the ferry in Penneshaw: Sadly, […]

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Making audio on iPad and tablet-friendly

+-*I am currently updating the mp3 players on the many, many pages across so that they will work on Apple products or any other tablets that do not support flash. Hopefully most browsers will be able to play the audio files from now on as I am using the HTML5 audio tag with both […]

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Amazon or Similar Stores with International Shipping for Foreign Language DVDs

+-*If you’re looking for DVDs of movies or TV shows in European languages with the subtitles in that language, you’ll most likely have to look to European stores. Even though you  can often buy foreign movies from or, the subtitles will usually be in English only or there will be a weird combination […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.


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