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Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University

Theme: Integrating informal learning into formal language education

The Open University, Milton Keynes

Date: Friday 16 June 2017, 9.00am – 17.30 pm

The School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies is honoured to host the 7th annual conference in the Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University series at The Open University on 16th June. The conference follows on from the great success in Newcastle (2011), Bristol (2012), Manchester (2013), Leeds (2014), Nottingham (2015), and York (2016).
InnoConf17 welcomes professionals involved in the teaching and learning of Languages to share their expertise on current and forthcoming trends. This year’s aim is to engage in productive collaboration that will enable language professionals to further equip students to succeed in our ever-growing landscape of formal and informal learning. Given the unprecedented amount of online resources and communities available to language learners, this one -day conference will explore how language teachers are integrating these opportunities into their settings.


Keynote speakers:

Shannon Sauro, Associate Professor, Department of Culture, Languages and Media, Malmö University.

Anna Comas-Quinn, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, The Open University

Richard Simcott, language consultant, organiser of the Polyglot Conference

Click here to read further details about the Keynote sessions.

As well as two keynote sessions, there will be a number of 25-minute parallel sessions (20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions).

Click here to view the conference programme.


Conference sub-themes:

The use of technology in Language Learning and Teaching

Augmenting formal teaching though the use of apps, informal communities and networks

Informal language learning spaces, communities and networks

Learner-driven practices, crowdsourcing

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Intercultural awareness (support and development)

Curriculum (re)design and assessment

Project-based and collaborative work

Language exchange, telecollaboration and online intercultural exchange

Language MOOCs

MOOCs and OER as sites for language practice

Learning from our learners

Autonomous learning and motivation

Social media

Mobile learning


Call for papers:

Call for papers now closed.

Click here to access the full Call for Papers. Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by 2nd May.


Deadline for Early bird registration extended

Early bird (until 26th May): £40.00

Standard rate: £45.00

Speakers: £30.00

Students & concessions: £30.00

Prices include entrance to all sessions, lunch and refreshments.


Registration: Download the registration form from here. Email the completed form to Stephanie Edwards by 2nd June 2017.

For information about accommodation and travel, please visit here.


Conference Organisers:

Fernando Rosell-Aguilar (

Tita Beaven (

Mara Fuertes-Gutierrez (

Join the conversation on Twitter: @innoconf Hashtag: #InnoConf17

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