Call for Papers: UK LINGUA 2017

*Note that it overlaps with Cultnet 2017 which is 20th to 22nd April (Thursday to Saturday).


UK LINGUA 2017 –  Multilingual Language Learning and Teaching Colloquium

22nd & 23rd of April 2017, Durham University

Conference Theme: Transitions

The second UK LINGUA Colloquium will take place on the 22 and 23 of April 2017 at Durham University. Aimed at MFL and ESL teachers and researchers, UK LINGUA will be a forum for the exchange of ideas, theories and practices, enhancing scholarship and teaching excellence in this field.

Transition may be an over-used word but transitions of one kind or another are central to our experience of learning and of teaching languages: learners move from acquiring isolated words to constructing phrases and sentences, and learn specific transition words to produce longer and more coherent texts, or create effective transitions in presentations and dialogues.

There are transitions within a lesson; between activities, tasks or stages of a project. Major transitions also occur between primary and secondary education, GCSE and A-level, and then on to university; from a period of residence abroad to the final year of a degree course; from the world of education to the world of work, from teacher training to teaching!

The focus of this year’s UK Lingua conference will be “Transitions in Language Learning and Teaching”, understood in the widest sense of the term, and we invite the submission of papers on this and associated aspects of MFL learning and teaching.

All abstracts for proposed presentations, workshops or posters should be no more than 500 words. Since there will be some panels in French and Spanish, abstracts written in any of these languages as well as English are welcome.  For further information and to submit your abstract, please send an email to

Important Dates

Submission deadline: January Monday, 16th, 2017;

Notification of acceptance: January Thursday 19th, 2017.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Bernardette Holmes MBE

Brian Tomlinson

Steven Fawkes


Further details for the conference, including submission of abstracts and registration (open from soon) can be found at