Call for Proposals

Submissions for ILA 2018 open 5 November, 2017

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts: Sunday January 14th, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: by Sunday March 18th, 2018
  • Registration deadline for presenters: Sunday April 15th, 2018
    (This is to ensure your place in the conference programme.)

Presentation formats

  • Pre-conference workshop: 2.5-3 hours (Wednesday September 5th, 2018)
  • Papers: 30 minutes, including 5-10 minutes for audience questions/responses
  • Workshops: 70 minutes (limited number: must involve audience participation)
  • Thematic symposia: 110 minutes (1 hour 50 minutes) with 3-5 contributors, including sufficient time for audience questions/responses
  • Posters (to be displayed at designated times throughout the conference)

Within the conference theme, Whose Autonomy? Voices and Agency in Language Learning, we welcome papers, symposia, workshops and posters related to (but not restricted to) agency, identity, assessment, critical thinking, motivation, affect, learner training, curriculum design, materials design, technology, teacher/learning advisor autonomy, young learners, and learner/teacher beliefs. The contexts for the research might cover inside and/or outside the classroom, including (but not limited to) self-access learning spaces, social learning spaces, and virtual learning spaces.

Submission materials

Please prepare the following materials before beginning the submission process via the link below:

Title
Your title should be no longer than 80 characters including spaces.
Abstract
Your abstract should be between 200 and 250 words. (This is what the reading committee will see.)
Summary
The summary of your presentation should be a maximum of 100 words. (This is what conference attendees will see in the handbook, together with the title.)
Your affiliation
Include the affiliation of all your co-presenters if you are making a proposal with more than one presenter.
Contact email address for the main presenter
Please make sure your email is correct, and that it is one you are able to access from January to March 2018.

Evaluation of proposals

All abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international reading committee. Where appropriate, members of the reading committee will work with would-be presenters to develop and improve their proposals. Depending on limitations of space within the conference programme, presenters may be asked to offer their presentation as a poster session. We thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation here.

Factors that strengthen proposals include:

  • relevance to the conference theme
  • clear and well-written abstract
  • appropriate balance of theory and practice
  • taking a questioning stance
  • relevance to the conference audience
  • appropriateness of the format to the topic.

Effective proposals would normally clearly show background information, the problem/issue addressed, and what will be dealt with in the presentation.

Factors that weaken proposals include:

  • short abstract which does not adequately explain what the presentation entails
  • title which is obscure, or unrelated to the content
  • carelessly written abstract
  • insufficient time for the content described.

It is always a good idea to ask a colleague to take a look at your proposal and provide feedback before submitting it.

Please note

Each presenter may participate in a maximum of two presentations (excluding pre-conference workshops), whether an individual paper, poster, workshop or paper within a symposium.

Notification of acceptance

All presenters will receive email notification of acceptance by Sunday March 18th, 2018.

Conference publications

It is expected that there will be a number of opportunities for presenters to publish their work following the conference. These are currently being negotiated with different groups. More details will follow in due course.