23rd DGFF Conference 2009


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.

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