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The Call for Papers deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 16:00 Friday 01 March 2024
12-14 September 2024, Durham University, UK
hosted by AULC
(the Association of University Language Communities in the UK & Ireland)
CercleS – the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education – is pleased to invite you to the XVIII CercleS International Conference 2024, “Multilingualism & the Anglosphere” between 12-14 September 2024. The event will be hosted by AULC at Durham University.
As our communities have emerged from the pandemic, the previous two CercleS conferences in Brno (2020) and Porto (2022) have each looked towards a future, where language centres explore different pathways in an increasingly digital world. The 2024 conference in Durham wishes to continue and develop the narratives that have arisen from these past conferences. The 2024 conference will take place in Durham, and our theme of ‘Multilingualism in the Anglosphere’ recognises our collective interest in multilingualism, with the predominance of English as a second language of tuition across Europe, discussed in the United Kingdom. In the UK, the value placed on the learning of languages other than English is reduced by the fact that English is so widely studied as a second language. Nevertheless, from a UK perspective we recognise that language and inter-cultural skills remain critical for our international endeavours, and that in a globally connected world, English will never be enough. Furthermore, the UK is itself a multilingual country, with a small but significant proportion of our fellow citizens speaking other first languages. Whilst the value of the study of English is recognised for its value, it is equally important to maintain a breadth of language competence across all languages to address the challenges and opportunities of the future. As such, the XVIII CercleS conference in Durham intends to be a celebration of multilingualism, and to explore how we, as a community of international scholars, will continue to support multilingual approaches that include global English and all other languages.
For this conference, we would like to attract abstracts that respond to the core interests of our community and will allow us to collectively engage in sharing best practices for teaching and learning to inspire our students, support our colleagues, and identify areas for development and improvement.
We now call for contributions including, but not necessarily limited to, the thematic areas below by 16:00 Friday 01 March 2024. Some further suggestions for topics of interest within these themes can be found on the conference website: CercleS 2024 - Durham University.
Any questions, email the conference organising team email@example.com
The list below details principal themes, and examples of topics that may be of interest. This list is not exhaustive, and does not imply any hierarchy of importance of any one theme compared to any other.
Abstracts should be submitted in two of the working languages of the conference: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. We will accept abstracts only in English from colleagues who do not speak one of the other languages.
Abstracts should be up to 300 words in length, including:
We invite the following formats:
Presentations and workshops may be delivered in one of the languages of the conference.
Time will be made available in the programme for teacher meet-ups and Focus Group activities, and Focus Group convenors do not need to submit abstracts for review.
Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair using this link. If you do not already have one, you will be asked to set up an EasyChair account when you first try to log in.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the conference.
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