Connections and disruptions

Unsettling L1 education: Intersections of place, identity and technology

The 14th ARLE conference, the first in the Southern Hemisphere, will combine with IFTE (the International Federation of the Teaching of English). The conference will be delivered in a hybrid mode, with the face-to-face components held the Melbourne Graduate School of Educationthe University of Melbourne, Australia, from 18–22 June 2024. The first day is a PhD pre-conference, while the final day is primarily for schools and teachers.

Located in the heart of the city, on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples, this conference will invite dialogue about the role and concepts of place (and displacement), literatures, storytelling, identity and agency in L1 research and practice. The globally used term ‘L1’ is inclusive of ‘English and the Language Arts’, more commonly used in IFTE countries.

This combined and hybrid international conference will bring together educators from around the world to share celebrations and challenges, connections, and disruptions, in a unique event. Conference Chair Professor Larissa McLean Davies, ARLE Chair Professor Nikolaj Elf and IFTE President Professor Andy Goodwyn look forward to welcoming all ARLE and IFTE members to Melbourne—physically and virtually—and delegates attending in person will be offered an exciting social and cultural programme to enjoy the city!

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