Call for papers: Translation and Language Teaching

International Conference Translation and Language Teaching

Maribor, Slovenia, 7-8 September 2017

In the past, translation has always occupied a rather extreme and contentious role in language education: it was considered either essential, e.g. within the grammar-translation method, or disadvantageous, e.g. under various pedagogical and didactic approaches that favoured a communicative focus and monolingual teaching. The reasons underpinning its rejection have not always been pedagogic or linguistic; rather, they seem to be a reaction provoked by a number of disparate motives and reasons, including economic and ethno-centric forces. In recent years, however, an increasing number of pleas (for example, Cook 2010, Carreres and Noriega-Sanches 2011, Kerr 2014) have been made for a more balanced examination of this role and for contributions that would objectively assess the effects of translation in real-life language classroom settings.

This plea has provoked a flurry of new research attempting to re-establish the relative merits of translation in foreign language teaching, e.g. as a legitimate and effective tool for learning, teaching and assessing foreign languages (Laviosa 2014), a complex activity associated with high degrees of student satisfaction (Pym et al 2014), and as a task promoting contrastive analysis between the languages (Leonardi 2010), to name but a few. Drawing upon convergences between the two disciplines that have emerged as a result of recent research, the conference attempts to continue the dialogue between Translation Studies and Foreign Language Didactics with a view to providing a forum for international researchers and practitioners from both disciplines.
The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

definition(s) of translation
plurilingualism and mediation
language competence
translation competence
language curricula
translation and language learning
translation and language teaching
translation in FLT/SLT contexts
translation in other learning contexts
language teaching in translator and interpreter training
language teaching in general language instruction
translation and language teaching in academia
didactic approaches in language teaching

As an additional way of encouraging student research, the conference will be hosting a Student Poster Session. Suitable topics are, for example, thesis projects, descriptions of work in progress and other relevant research activities.

Nike Kocijančič Pokorn, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dorothy Kelly, University of Granada, Spain

Abstract Submission Closes: 30 April 2017
Acceptance Notification / Registration Opens: 1 June 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes: 1 July 2017
Regular Registration Closes: 15 August 2017
Conference Dates: 7-8 September 2017

The working language of the conference is English. More information is available at and

IATEFL 2017: Live online from Monday

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Call for papers: Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education

From 10 to 11 November 2017 a conference called

“Languages for Specific  Purposes in Higher Education: Current Trends, Approaches and Issues”

will be held in Brno, Czech Republic.

The conference is organized by the Department of Languages, Brno University of Technology. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is 31 May 2017. The conference proceedings will be published.

Further information may be found at