Call for Papers

Call for papers

Paradigms - Methods - Disciplines

All areas of our society are currently being affected by radical changes and developments. Globalisation, demographic change, and the ever-increasing digitalisation of the world of work and life in general mean that knowledge and the imparting of knowledge have constantly to be re-adapted to these fast-moving changes. Rapidly increasing internationalisation, enhanced heterogeneity and diversity, in conjunction with course schedules which are being streamlined more and more require language learning and teaching at our universities to adopt a new approach. Language centres are therefore faced with the challenge of realigning their language courses and concepts to changed learners, new learning cultures and new ways of learning. This equally has an impact on the work, training and education of teachers and students alike.

The 7th Bremen Symposium would like to offer a platform to examine this dichotomy from the point of view of language teaching and language learning research and the reference disciplines, to highlight the access afforded by interdisciplinary considerations and thereby place the focus on the learners. This requires foreign language teaching at universities to intermesh with related disciplines such as neurolinguistics and neurodidactics, and it should also take on board concepts from plurilingual didactics, translanguaging and language awareness. The symposium also wishes to highlight how such concepts can be implemented from a practical point of view in curricula and classrooms in general.

Empirical, practical or theoretical approaches to these core concepts can be presented and discussed. Research work may be presented in the form of a talk, an interactive workshop or a poster presentation. The research should relate clearly to language teaching at universities.

A research colloquium - intended for research undertaken for a Master's degree, a doctoral dissertation or classroom research - offers the opportunity to showcase current research work in one of these fields and to discuss it in greater depth with a group of experts. 

You may present your research in one of several different ways:

- Talk in one of the 7 sessions
   (25 min talk + 10 min discussion)

- Interactive workshop
   (90 min - not linked to any particular session)

- NEW: research colloquium

- Poster presentation

Talks may be given in German or English (other languages after prior consultation with the organising team).

Planned Sessions



Session 1: Promoting learner autonomy

New concepts and possibilities for promoting learner autonomy - for example by incorporating different learning cultures, the requirements the learners must fulfil, for various learning contexts and/or dovetailing the same. Contributions relating to the development of autonomy literacy are also welcome.

Session 2: New target groups and ways of learning

This session will examine concepts, project descriptions etc. which are tailored to new target groups, e.g. refugees, administrative staff, companies, affiliated institutes and other external clients, and to new ways of learning, for example blended learning, online learning and out-of-classroom learning.

Session 3: Assessing learners

Contributions are invited on concepts relating to the assessment literacy of teachers and learners, to formative and summative assessment (assessment in courses, peer assessment, self-assessment…) in formal and informal learning contexts.

Session 4: Perspectives from related disciplines

The talks in this session should aim to illustrate the access afforded by interdisciplinary approaches to language teaching and learning research (e.g.  neurolinguistics, neurodidatics, psychology, didactics of plurilingualism…).

Session 5: Motivating learners

These talks present concepts relating to learner motivation in different learning contexts, illustrate how the needs/ wishes of the learners can be identified, and how teachers can react to them. The concepts may deal with the theory and also the practical implementation. 

Session 6: Skills & competences

Which competences should learners and teachers acquire, which do they already have and how can instructors react to this? The concepts presented can be skill specific or be applicable to a number of skills (individual skills, mediation or intercultural competences, or the professionalisation of language teachers).

Session 7: Materials/ methods for the contexts of your own learners

Speakers may present ways of developing materials that are adapted to particular learners (e.g. adaptation of (non-)authentic materials, development of online materials, Apps…) and the implementation of different methods of learner-centred lesson design.

Submission of abstracts

Submission of abstracts between June 1 and November 11, 2018

only via the online form


Dr. Anikó Brandt
Fremdsprachenzentrum der Hochschulen im Land Bremen (FZHB)
Universität Bremen
Universitäts-Boulevard 13
28359 Bremen
Tel.: 0421-218-61993