The Next Step: Introducing the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities

26-28 September 2011, The University of Melbourne

Deadline: Monday 18th July

Abstracts are invited for the inaugural colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU). This will be a landmark opportunity for language educators from across the country to meet and discuss topics of critical importance and mutual interest, and to participate in LCNAU’s creation of a new national agenda for university languages through the network itself.

We are seeking a flexible mode of delivery within the framework of the colloquium in order to encourage as much participation as possible from across the sector, in all areas of languages and cultures. For this reason, we are looking for expressions of interest in the form of papers, panels and poster presentations.

All individual paper and poster presentations are expected to be brief, to maximize opportunities for discussion, but it is intended for there to be a more extended publication of presentations in both printed and electronic formats. It is anticipated that the areas of discussion which develop at the colloquium will also become the basis for an ongoing set of network working groups focusing on specific issues.

Poster presentations will be provided with a discrete timeslot so that all colloquium attendees can engage with the presentations.

While papers may deal with any area of vital interest to individual colleagues, we would particularly welcome proposals relating to one or more of the following themes:

1. University languages, the national curriculum and languages education in schools;

2. Student pathways: retention and attrition;

3. The language-culture nexus: Meeting the twin goals of linguistic proficiency and cultural competency;

4. The teaching-research nexus: innovative approaches at the individual and programmatic level to maintaining and fostering research in the languages area;

5. Recent developments in Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL): practice and/or research in the uses of technology;

6. Collaborative models of teaching and learning;

7. Development and casualisation of language professionals.

Guidelines for abstract submissions

Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words and must be submitted electronically through

  • Papers will be structured as 15-minute presentations, followed by discussion.
  • Panels should be based around a theme and developed for 1.5 or 2 hour time slots.
  • Interactive poster sessions will be scheduled with an opportunity to present and discuss the material. Posters are to be  A1 size (no larger than 59.4 x 84.1cm). Further guidelines may be found here.

Offers of acceptance will be provided by July 31.

While those submitting abstracts may request their preferred form of presentation, the colloquium organizers reserve the right to make the final decision as to oral or poster format.

Note that while abstracts are to be submitted via email, all of those wishing to participate in the Colloquium by giving a paper/poster/panel presentation must also register online via the link below. 

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The Call for Papers is also available in PDF format.