posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany
The 23rd Biennial Conference 2009 of the German Society for Foreign Language Research (DGFF) will be held September 30 to October 3 at the University of Leipzig, Germany. The conference theme is: Transcending Linguistic, Cultural and Disciplinary Borders (Grenzen überschreiten: sprachlich – fachlich – kulturell). The university is currently celebrating its 600 year anniversary (1409-2009).
Keynote presentations by Georges Lüdi, Michael Tomasello and Rebecca Oxford.
Special emphasis is placed on the following topics (in twelve sections):
– Early foreign language learning
– Foreign language teacher education
– Research methodology
– Psycholinguistic and sociocultural approaches to language learning
– Transcending linguistic boundaries: focus on Mehrsprachigkeitsdidaktik
– Bilingual education / CLIL
– European and global language politics
– Digital media in foreign / second language education
– Transcending boarders in teaching literature
– Developing intercultural competence
– Task-based instruction
– Monitoring, assessment, evaluation
The twelve (additional) workshops offered cover a wide range of related topics such as the multilingual classroom, migration, drama pedagogy, classroom-based research, etc.
Nationally and internationally, the DGFF conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating event including a broad spectrum of workshops and poster sessions, thought-provoking presentations, book displays by various publishers, and plentiful opportunities for networking.
For more specific information, click on the above link.