22nd AFMLTA International Languages Conference

Conference Theme: Languages – Breaking through walls

7-9 July 2019

Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart
410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay, Tasmania

Keynote speakers:

– Professor Jane Simpson (Australian National University)
– Professor Joseph Lo Bianco (The University of Melbourne)
– Professor John Hajek (The University of Melbourne)

CALL FOR PAPERS (extended until 1 March 2019)

Teachers, researchers and academics are invited to submit an abstract for a 45 minute presentation (including question time) responding to the conference themes and strands (see below). Proposals for presentations that are related to theory, research and practice in the area of Languages teaching and learning are welcome.
Languages include all languages other than English learned as a second or additional language, or as a heritage language.

Submissions related to teaching English as a second or additional language are not sought for this conference.


Conference themes & strands:
– Leadership in languages education
– Languages in preschool and the early years of schooling
– Innovation in languages education (including CLIL, Bilingual education)
– The place of indigenous languages in schools
– Intercultural language teaching and learning
– Assessment and reporting of languages learning
– Teacher education for languages
– Responding to diversity in the classroom (e.g. multilevel classes)
– Heritage/ background/community language education
– Programming, planning and assessing using the Australian Curriculum:             Languages
– Application of digital / mobile technologies in languages education

CLIL as an instructional practice

This additional theme has been developed in collaboration with AILA. There will be a dedicated CLIL  symposium.

Papers could include, for example, research focused on pedagogy, teacher knowledge, student experiences, and research to strengthen collaborative work between language and content specialists.  The CLIL symposium will comprise 3-5 presentations of approximately 20 minutes each, followed by discussion of implications for how the research network can continue to move forward building this work.


In order to be considered for the symposium please include “AILA CLIL REN SYMPOSIUM” in your key words, or “AILA CLIL REN SYMPOSIUM or STANDALONE PAPER” if you are willing to present your paper independently if not included in the symposium selection.



Please read the guidelines below carefully before submission.
All submissions must be made via our dedicated online submission portal.
The first time you access this site, you will need to create a username and password.
Once you have set up an account you will need to go back to the site to be taken to the author submission portal.
The following information must be included in the submission:

1) Names & affiliations of all authors / presenters
2) Email address for the lead / corresponding author (one MUST be selected)
3) An abstract in English, with brief title. The abstract can be between 75 – 150 words in length. The abstract will be used to determine the relevance and value of your presentation, and will also be made available to participants in the conference proceedings. Please ensure the abstract clearly identifies the nature and significance of your presentation to the AFMLTA membership.
4) Five key words / phrases – including ONE from the list of themes for the conference. Themes will be used to arrange the program. Please choose carefully. List these under the abstract, in the same cell of the table.

NO FILE UPLOAD IS REQUIRED. Please ignore the request to add a submission.
Once you have submitted your proposal, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted by a member of the conference academic panel. You will be contacted in time for you to be able to register for the conference at early bird rates.

Click here to submit proposals by 1 March 2019. 

Registration Rates:
* 3 day conference package rate includes the conference dinner and conference reception
Early bird registrations rates are available until 1 April, 2019:
– Early bird MLTA member $575 (inc GST), – Early bird non-MLTA member $700 (inc GST)
– Student $475 (inc GST)
Full registration rates applicable after 1 April, 2019:
– MLTA member $675 (inc GST), – Non-MLTA member $800 (inc GST), – Student $575 (inc GST)
* Single day registration rates for 8 July and 9 July (Note: This rate does not include the conference dinner or reception) – MLTA member $330 (inc GST), – Non-MLTA member $440 (inc GST)

Click here to register

Enquiries:Email: conference@afmlta.asn.au