PCE 2022

16 May 2022 10:00-16:30 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Our 2022 Pre-Conference Event focus is:
Affect, well-being, and autonomy in language learning and teaching

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In recent decades increasing attention has been paid to the affective and social dimensions of second and foreign language acquisition, examining, for example, the role of emotions and feelings in language learning, the influence of motivational dynamics on the learning process, and the impact of resilience, reliance, and relatedness on well-being. In this PCE we would like to explore the complex and fascinating kaleidoscope of individual and social elements that help not only learners but also teachers and advisors as language professionals grow and flourish in their professional and personal lives.

With this PCE, we seek to bring together policy makers, educators, practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and experience related to affective and social aspects of learner autonomy. The day will start off with a plenary talk by Sarah Mercer (University of Graz, Austria), leading us into the topic by addressing some of the key questions around affect, well-being, and foreign language learner autonomy. The talk will be followed by a short session in which participants will have the opportunity to discuss and come up with questions for the speaker.

The rest of the day will be made up of two workshops (45 mins. each) and a number of short input talks (15 mins. each). As the title of the PCE suggests, these contributions should address mental and affective dimensions of foreign language learning, paying particular attention to the question of how promoting students’ autonomy and the consideration of psychological dimensions of learning go hand in hand. 

Call for proposals

We invite proposals combining research and good classroom practice. Topics may include, for example, basic psychological needs (BPNs), self-determination, creativity, engagement, teacher and student well-being. If you are submitting a workshop proposal, please indicate how you will make the workshop interactive.

Please send an abstract of 250 words maximum by January 15 to christian.ludwig@fu-berlin.de and anja.burkert23@gmail.com.

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Plenary speaker: Sarah Mercer

PCE 2022: Affect, well-being, and autonomy in language learning and teaching 16 May 2022 10:00-16:30 in Belfast, Northern Ireland We are pleased to share that Sarah Mercer will be our plenary speaker. Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology. Her research… Continue reading Plenary speaker: Sarah Mercer