Society, Identity, and Transformation in Language Teacher Education
Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education

May 30–June 1, 2019
The Graduate Hotel
Minneapolis, MN


Call for Papers Deadline: January 18, 2019


The Eleventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or practices in language teacher education.

The mission of this unique biennial conference is to address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; heritage language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings. The conference will focus on four broad themes, which are described below.

Conference Themes

(Click theme title for a description)

Theme I: The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
A central issue in language teacher education is the question of what constitutes the knowledge base of language teaching and how it relates to the processes and content of teacher education. This theme will include research and perspectives on: teachers’ knowledge and beliefs; teacher learning informal and informal contexts; teachers’ ways of knowing; teacher socialization; professional development; and the nature of disciplinary knowledge.
Theme II: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
Language Teacher Education takes place in multiple contexts and with diverse populations, where language, culture and identity are intricately bound together. These contexts are often impacted by actions taken by formal and informal decision-making bodies, which may or may not involve the participation of teacher educators. This theme will include critical and analytical perspectives on: institutions, communities, and discourses within which teacher education practices are situated; language education policy and planning; power, status, and authority in language teacher education; diversity and equity in language teacher education, including issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and language; the socially situated nature of language and learning; and issues related to policy, such as standards, legislative mandates, recruitment and retention, and advocacy by language teacher organizations.
Theme III: Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
A key element in teacher development is effective collaboration between those individuals and institutions preparing teachers and their professional counterparts currently engaged in language teaching and learning. This theme will examine: ways in which teacher education recognizes the shared development of professionals; models or structures of collaboration that stress ongoing teacher development including mentoring and professional development schools; examples of and/or research on collaboration in which teacher development and research inform each other; and research, projects, or practices that recognize teacher expertise and the teacher voice as pivotal in addressing issues of language teaching and learning.
Theme IV: Practices of Language Teacher Education
The practices of language teacher education refer to the ways in which the knowledge base is conceptualized and operationalized in teacher preparation and professional development. This theme will examine: program design; curriculum models; pedagogy; teacher assessment; organization of instruction; field experiences; observation/supervision; self-study of practice; and action research.

All papers must address an audience of language teacher educators and fit within one of the four themes listed above.

Types of Sessions

Symposia (2 hours): A symposium provides an opportunity for a group of individuals (maximum six) to propose a specific issue or topic in the field of language teacher education and examine it from a variety of perspectives. Total presentation time is limited to one hour to ensure that at least half of the session engages presenters and the audience in extended dialogue.

Papers (25 minutes): A paper involves a 25-minute presentation on a topic related to one of the four themes (maximum three presenters). Papers will be grouped thematically when possible. Grouped paper presentation sessions will include three papers followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion after all of the papers have been presented.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2019.

  • All proposals should be appropriate for an audience of language teacher educators (not language teachers) and fit within one of the four themes listed above.
  • You will need a 400-word (maximum) abstract of your paper session or symposium (up to 600 words for a symposium).
  • You will also need a 50-word summary for the printed program.
  • All proposals will be evaluated using the review criteria.
  • Lead presenters will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with information concerning the conference and presentations.
  • You may propose two sessions as a lead presenter, though you can be listed as a co-presenter for additional sessions.
  • For symposia or presentations with more than one presenter, please include the contact information for all presenters even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent to the first (lead) presenter listed.
  • Audio/visual equipment: Presenters must bring their own laptop. A data projector and screen will be provided in each room at no charge. Any other AV equipment must be rented through the hotel by the presenter.

More information about these details will be sent to presenters of selected sessions at a later date.

Submit now!

Call for Papers - Proposal Submission System now accepting proposals!



CARLA Mailing List Signup Contact CARLA CARLA Events Donate to CARLA CARLA on Facebook CARLA on YouTube
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) • 140 University International Center • 331 - 17th Ave SE • Minneapolis, MN 55414