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15th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching in Different Contexts Special Interest Group 2019

Join us for this British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Special Interest Group. The theme is Language Learning and Teaching in Different Contexts.

  • 28 Jun 2019, 9.00am to 29 Jun 2019, 8.30pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • East Building, University of Bath
  • Price: £180.00 (GBP)
Building 4 East South seen from the lake
This conference will take place at the University of Bath campus

Language Learning and Teaching in Different Contexts

This conference will encourage you to explore how language learning and teaching happens in a variety of contexts.

Traditionally, the research on language learning and teaching focused on the language classroom, mostly in the context of a handful of developed countries. However, there has been a marked difference in recent years.

Language learning and teaching is now researched in diverse contexts all over the world. One explanation for it is the status of English as a global language and the perception of English proficiency as a basic skill that increases mobility. With increased mobility, however, a new trend has been observed, in that there is an increased demand for learning languages other than English but dominant in a given context.

At the same time, the demand for language learning and teaching has led to the emergence of new forms of learning and teaching. Language teaching is no longer exclusively limited to the language classroom as learners are often exposed to multiple language sources outside the classroom. Hence, language use and learning are often intertwined.

Questions to be addressed

  • What are the relative effects of local or context specific language pedagogies on the way of learning and teaching languages?
  • How does the use of languages to communicate affect their way of being learned and taught?
  • Why do universities provide students course contents with English medium instruction while it is not the language they speak as a mother tongue?
  • What are the differing contributions of blended learning, computer mediated communication and face to face modes to language learning?
  • What can we learn from the synergy of language learning and teaching in different settings, different linguistic contexts and at different ages?
  • How can the effective use of home languages and translanguaging contribute to language teaching and learning?
  • What do we know of language learners as language users, and the different contexts in which they use their languages?
  • In what ways can different research perspectives and innovative methodologies provide complementary views of learning and teaching processes?
  • How can new technologies (online platforms, smartphone apps, etc.) be exploited for language teaching and learning in classrooms and for autonomous learning?

This conference is hosted by the Language Education and Practices research cluster in the Department of Education.

Speaker profiles

View a summary of keynote sessions and speaker biographies

Call for proposals

The deadline for proposal submission was 10 March 2019.

Event programme and abstracts

Download the full programme for the event.

Download the book of abstracts.

Important dates

  • Abstracts due: 10 March 2019
  • Results communicated: first week of April 2019
  • Confirmation of attendance and registration for poster, paper and colloquium presenters: 24 April 2019
  • General registration: 30 May 2019

Registration fees

  • BAAL members registration fee £170
  • Non-BAAL members registration fee £180
  • PhD students registration fee £150

A conference dinner will take place on Friday 28 June. The conference dinner costs £50.


This event is taking place on campus.

East Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


If you have any questions, please contact us.