BAAL 2020 Liverpool


Language Learning and Teaching SIG

The University is closely monitoring national and international developments in relation to COVID-19 and taking actions as appropriate. As a result, a decision has been made to cancel this event. We will endeavor to hold the plenary talks online for free and will announce further details soon. Refunds will be processed in due course.

University of Liverpool, 9-10th July 2020

The department of English, University of Liverpool, is pleased to host the 16th BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG at the University of Liverpool from Thursday 9th July to Friday 10th July 2020. This year’s theme will be :

Research and practice in the teaching and learning of languages

Research in language learning and teaching and the actual practice of language learning and teaching are sometimes considered as very separate concerns. Despite this, researchers, teachers, learners, and teacher trainers share many related concerns, whichever context they may work in. These may relate to, for example, effectiveness of methodology, effectiveness of materials, how to develop and harness motivation, assessment, the role of L1, language learning processes and teacher education.

This conference will encourage participants to consider how research and practice can inform each other and how we might all learn from each aspect.

  • What does research into language learning processes tell us about the impact of pedagogy in different contexts?
  • How does research inform teaching practices and vice versa?
  • How does research and practice relate to  teachers of learners of different ages?
  • How do we assess language learning in different contexts?
  • What are the challenges facing us when applying research and practice within teacher education?

Papers and posters are invited from researchers or practitioners in any field of language learning and teaching, to focus on any aspect of the conference theme. We hope to welcome a variety of presentations from the worlds of MFL, EAL, EFL, ESOL and any other language learning context.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Call for papers

We invite abstracts on any topic related to language learning and teaching. We would particularly like to encourage submissions that focus on topics related to the theme of the conference.

We envisage that the conference will be of interest to audiences attending the BAAL LLT SIG  in former years, such as Bath (2019), Southampton (2018), Preston (2017), Lancaster (2016), Edinburgh (2015), Leeds (2014).

Papers are invited for presentations of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcome. A title and 250 word (maximum) proposal plus 50 word summary (all in one word document) should be submitted by Friday 24th April 2020

Please send abstracts to:


Full conference (Thursday 9th - Friday 10th July)

  • BAAL members: £140
  • Non-members: £165
  • Students/unwaged: £110

One-day conference pass (Thursday 9th or Friday 10th July)

  • BAAL members: £70
  • Non-members: £85
  • Students/unwaged: £60

Register your place here

Last booking date for conference: 30th June 2020

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