XVIII AELFE Congress

                

Call for Papers

Envisioning the future in academic and professional languages: emerging trends in teaching and research

The pressures of globalization mean that the need for high level language competences is clearly greater than ever before. But paradoxically, the current panorama in European Higher Education poses many challenges to professionals who teach and research in the area of academic and professional languages.

The rise of English Medium Instruction has questioned the role of those who teach English for specific and academic purposes. At the same time, there is now an excellent opportunity to move away from low-level ESP to teaching professional communication competences - which offers an excellent occasion for ESP specialists to develop new areas of expertise.

For other languages, the spread of exchange programs, the creation of trilingual degrees, and the EU’s 2 + 1 policy define a landscape with ample opportunities for the expansion of language teaching and research. AELFE 2019 is intended as a forum to bring together researchers, academics and language professionals from Europe and beyond who are concerned with these opportunities and threats.

This conference is aimed at those who are interested in all aspects of research and applications of languages for specific purposes and professional discourses. Selected papers on the main theme of the conference - Envisioning the future in academic and professional languages: emerging trends in teaching and research - will be published in a special issue of Language Value on "The way forward for LSP", and other papers will be considered for publication in a special volume of peer-reviewed selected presentations.

Publishers or participants interested in displaying copies of their work (books, teaching resources) or project materials should contact the organizers at aelfe@unav.es

  • Proposals

    We invite contributions in the form of paper presentations or posters dealing with specific issues in Languages for Specific Purposes / Specialized Languages within the categories set out below (in Thematic Panels):

    Paper presentations will consist of a 20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

    Poster abstracts are particularly welcome if they report on innovative research and/or on projects relevant to the conference topics. Details of poster format will be provided nearer the conference date.

    The first page of the Proposal should include:

    • the title of the paper / poster

    • the Abstract (300 words)


    In addition, please indicate:

    • whether it is a proposal for a paper presentation or a poster

    • the language of the presentation

    • the scope (from the six above) it would fit best.

    Abstracts should include a brief outline of the research/project context and clearly indicate the objectives, method(s) and results. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the conference programme committee and AELFE panel coordinators.

    Publishers or participants interested in displaying copies of their work (books, teaching resources) or project materials should contact the organizers at aelfe@unav.es

    Proposals should be sent to: aelfe@unav.es

    Deadline for submission of proposals:  March 20, 2019

    Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by April 10, 2019

    Registration fee before May 10 (with paper presentation): 90 euros (members of AELFE), 120 euros (non-members), 30 euros (PhD students).

  • Panel: Citizen communication in the legal field

    Communicating with Citizens in the Legal Field – Comparing National, European and International Dimensions

    Nowadays, Legal Linguistic is an integrated part of linguistics. It is mainly situated within specialized communication. Point of departure for legal linguistics was expert communication with a special on lexic, syntax, and terminology. Increasingly, focus has moved towards expert-lay communication by including aspects like intelligibility, strategies of optimizing texts for the addressees, and characteristics of quality in institutional communication. Following this development, we propose to organize a symposium in which the communication with citizens as a subject, not an object is central. We want to give special attention to the aspects of digitalization, popularization and institutionalization.

    The contributions to the proposed symposium may deal with the role of digitalization of the relations between legal institutions and citizens. Examples for relevant types of communication are websites of ministries and public authorities intended for presenting themselves and for interacting with citizens in the form of enabling them to pose questions or to fill out and submit forms digitally, etc. Secondly, we would like to have contributions on popularization, which lay special stress on aspects like knowledge mediation, recontextualization and image building. The idea is to describe and understand the characteristics, usefulness and need for means of communication like explanatory videos (Erklärfilme), gamification, brochures, texts in easified language (Leichte Sprache-Texte), etc. Finally, we would welcome contributions concerning institutionalization in connection with legal linguistics. Relevant objects are especially central administrative units with linguists or legal linguists in ministries, parliaments, or public authorities with the task to create legal texts. With this last perspective, our symposium wants to include the aspect of institutional structure of communication with citizens, which may influence digitalization and popularization.

    These three topics (digitalization, popularization, institutionalization) can be analyzed contrastively or as single case studies. We are interested in theory-oriented as well as empirical studies of national, European and international dimensions. Following the general multicultural approach of the AELFE conference, we are interested in studies in English, French, Spanish and German, according to the preferences of the contributors.

    • Asprey, Michèle. Plain Language for Lawyers. 4. ed. Annandale NSW: The Federation Press, 2010.

    • Becker, Angelika, and Wolfgang Klein. Recht Verstehen. WieLaien, Juristen Und Versicherungsagenten Die 'Riester-Rente' Interpretieren. Berlin: AkademieVerlag, 2008.

    • Eichhoff-Cyrus, Karin M., and Gerd Antos, ed.^eds. Verständlichkeit Als Bürgerrecht? Die Rechts- Und Verwaltungssprache in Der Öffentlichen Diskussion, Thema Deutsch, Hrsg. Von Der Dudenredaktion Und Der Gesellschaft Für Deutsche Sprache, Band 9. Mannheim / Leipzig / Wien / Zürich: Dudenverlag, 2008.

    • Engberg, Jan, Karin Luttermann, Silvia Cacchiani, and Chiara Preite. Popularization and Knowledge Mediation in the Law / Popularisierung Und WissensvermittlungIm Recht. Rechtslinguistik - StudienZu Text Und Kommunikation. Edited by Claire Kramsch, Claus Luttermann and Karin Luttermann. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2018.

    Proposals should follow the general guidelines (see previous section) and be sent before 30 March 2019 to: 

    Prof. Dr. Karin Luttermann
    KatholischeUniversitätEichstätt-Ingolstadt
    Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft
    Universitätsallee 1
    D-85072 Eichstätt
    karin.luttermann@ku.de 

     

    Prof. Dr. Jan Engberg
    Aarhus University
    School of Communication and Culture
    Jens Chr. Skousvej 4
    DK-8000 Aarhus C
    je@cc.au.dk 
     

  • R&D in English Medium Instruction

    Panel: Research, practice and teacher professional development in English Medium Instruction

    English Medium Instruction (EMI) now has a significant presence in universities across the whole of Europe. This trend has been accelerated by the need to offer courses to exchange students who do not know the local language, as well as by institutions’ desire to attract international students in general, and by the growing popularity of EMI courses among local students. All these factors mean that this trend is likely to continue in the foreseeable future.

    The implementation of EMI courses at university level has been the object of considerable research attention, and previous research has focused on the perceptions and needs of students, as well as on the attitudes and beliefs of the teaching staff involved. The experience so far suggests that EMI is being integrated successfully into university programmes, but many questions still remain open.

    For example, a large proportion of the research so far has focused on the two main fields in which English-taught programmes are common, namely Business Studies and Engineering. However, there is relatively little consideration of how this trend is affecting the teaching of other key curricular areas in higher education (Biomedicine, Humanities, etc.). Much previous research tends to generalise across whole faculties or broad areas of study, ignoring important differences between disciplines.

    Another area of interest is the ongoing development of the teaching staff involved. Given the demographic profile of university teachers in most countries, the move towards providing an increasing number of courses in English has meant that many experienced lecturers have been placed under pressure to change the language in which they deliver their courses. At the same time, a new generation of academics is coming up for whom being able to teach EMI courses is an obligation. Research is needed into how preparation for EMI lecturing can be provided within institutions, and how academics can understand their new roles within the evolution towards greater internationalisation.

    One question concerns significant contextual differences, such as the influence of factors such as the proportion of international students or the students’ general language level on the delivery of (and satisfaction with) EMI programmes. The time has come to revisit issues such as the desirable level of English competence among students, or the suitability of a particular course for delivery as EMI, in order to build sustainable EMI programmes for the 21st century. A further relevant topic here is the type of language support provided for EMI students, and the role of traditional EAP and ESP courses.

    This panel seeks to bring together experts and practitioners in the area of EMI in higher education, in order to discuss these important issues, and help to guide future generations of EMI teachers, trainers and course administrators.

    Proposals addressing one or more of the following questions will be considered for inclusion in the panel:

    • How do students’ language levels influence what is possible in EMI?

    • How does the degree of institutional internationalisation influence or change EMI experiences and practices?

    • What factors are needed for sustainable EMI programmes?

    • What is the role of the L1 (or other languages) in EMI settings?

    • What are students’ and teachers’ attitudes towards EMI, and how do they intersect with institutional attitudes or discourses?

    • How has the role of EAP and ESP courses changed, and how can they be adapted to provide more appropriate support for EMI students?

    Organisers: Emma Dafouz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid/INTER-LICA Project) and Ruth Breeze  (Universidad de Navarra)

    Inquiries and proposals for papers (300 words) should be directed to Ruth Breeze at: rbreeze@unav.es

  • Forum for Young Researchers

    With a view to encouraging pre-doctoral research, we welcome young researchers, postgraduate students or researchers in the initial stages of their career to submit proposals presenting research (either complete or in progress) on any aspect of the main topic of the 18th International AELFE Conference 2019: Envisioning the future in academic and professional languages: emerging trends in teaching and research.

    • A prize for the best paper will be awarded after the Forum.
    • Participants are invited to send their proposals to the email aelfe@unav.es by 10 March 2019. Please indicate that your proposal is for the 'Forum for young researchers' and state the language of the presentation.
    • Proposals should include the title, an abstract (max. 300 words), and a short biographical note (max. 200 words) including your name and your academic affiliation.
    • Abstracts should include a brief outline of the research/project context and clearly indicate the objectives, method(s) and results. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the conference committee and AELFE panel coordinators.
    • Paper presentations will consist of a 20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
     

    Deadline for submission of proposals:  March 10, 2019

    Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by April 10, 2019

    Registration fee before May 10 (with paper presentation): 30 euros

    For further information, please contact: aelfe@unav.es

  • Thematic panels

    As indicate above, the proposals must be sent to the email aelfe@unav.es, and not to the panels' coordinators

    • Corpus linguistics
      Panel's coordinator:

    · Dr. Pascual Pérez Paredes (University of Cambridge).
    Email: pfp23@cam.ac.uk

    · Dr. Purificación Sánchez Hernández (Universidad de Murcia).
    Email: purisan@um.es

     

    • Genre & Discourse
      Panel's coordinator:

    · Dr. Begoña BellésFortuño (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón).
    Email: bbelles@uji.es

     

    • Terminology
      Panel's coordinator:

    · Dr. Aracely Losey León (Universidad de Cádiz).
    Email: araceli.losey@gm.uca.es

     

    • Translation & Interpretation
      Panel's coordinator:

    · Dr. Raquel Lázaro Gutiérrez (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares).
    Email: raquel.lazaro@uah.es

    · Dr. Mª Mar Sánchez Ramos (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares).
    Email: mar.sanchezr@uah.es

     

    • Innovation and digital technologies in LSP
      Panel's coordinator:

    · Dr. Lourdes Pomposo Yanes (Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid).
    Email: lpomposo@ucjc.edu

    · Dr. Cristina Calle Martínez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
    Email: cristinacalle@filol.ucm.es

     

    • Teaching methodologies & CLIL / EMI
      Panel's coordinator:

    · Dr. María Luisa Carrió Pastor (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia).
    Email: lcarrio@idm.upv.es

    · Dr. Guzmán Mancho Barés (Universitat de Lleida).
    Email: gmancho@dal.udl.cat

Contact

Contact:
XVIII AELFE Congress 2019
Institute for Culture and Society
University of Navarra
31008 Pamplona
Spain

+34 948 425600 (ext. 805615)
aelfe@unav.es

Subimt your proposal to aelfe@unav.es before 10 March