Call for Papers

Connecting cultures? An international conference on the history of teaching and learning foreign/second languages, 1500-2000

University of Nottingham 
July 2-5 2014

This conference will be the first in the United Kingdom dedicated to the history of modern language teaching and learning. We invite submissions for papers on any aspect of the history of foreign/second language teaching and/or learning. Comparative approaches, exploring commonalities and differences between different language teaching traditions, and/or between different countries, are particularly welcome.

The keynote speakers will be Michael Byram (Professor Emeritus, University of Durham), Giovanni Iamartino (Professor, University of Milan) and Marcus Reinfried (Professor, University of Jena)

The conference will include a lead strand on Culture in the teaching of Foreign/Second Languages: Theoretical Conceptions, Curricula and Textbooks.

We warmly welcome proposals for further themed panels (minimum of three papers) on any aspect of the history of teaching and/or learning languages.

Please send abstracts of around 300 words (and proposals for themed panels) to [log in to unmask] by December 1, 2013. The conference languages are English, French and German, but papers are welcome on the history of teaching/learning any language.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Research Network project (2012-14) 'Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning') and supported by the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, SIHFLES (Societé internationale pour l'histoire du français langue étrangère ou seconde), APHELLE (Associação Portuguesa para a História do Ensino das Línguas e Literaturas Estrangeiras), CIRSIL (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Storia degli Insegnamenti Linguistici), PHG (Peeter Heynsgenootschap) and SEHEL (Sociedad Española para la Historia de las Enseñanzas Linguísticas)

Nicola McLelland and Richard Smith
Coordinators, AHRC Research Network Project,  'Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning':

Dr Nicola McLelland
Head of Department, German Studies
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) University of Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK Tel. +44 (0)115 951 5822 [log in to unmask]

Dr Richard Smith
Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)24-7652-4987
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