Call and submission

Key dates

30 April 2023

Submission portal open

30 May 2023
23:59 Melbourne (GMT+12)

First submission round deadline [notifications by 30 June]

15 September 2023
23:59 Melbourne (GMT+12)

Second submission round deadline [notifications by 15 October]

01 December 2023
23:59 Melbourne (GMT+12)

Third submission round deadline [notifications by 31 December]

02 January 2024
23:59 Melbourne (GMT+12)

Final submission round deadline [notifications by 17 January]

Please note in order to submit a proposal, you will need to be an ARLE member - it is free to join


Connections and Disruptions


Post-pandemic, and amidst the increasingly ubiquitous presence of artificial intelligence (AI) in education, the conference will draw attention to access, language, relationality, and technology in L1 Education globally. The Association for the Research on L1 education (ARLE) and the International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE) bring different formative names to the conference; L1 is ‘First Language’ and English can be ‘English in Education’ or ‘English Language’. In the current moment, the boundaries, and futures of both ‘L1’ and ‘English’ are being explored and reimagined. As we challenge our semantic and research histories, we are united in our purpose to celebrate the value and significance of our field and its ongoing and emancipatory research purpose. In the following text, we use L1 for simplicity.

In preparing abstracts, participants are asked to consider the following questions:

  • What new spaces and relations can be created when new languages, voices and technologies are incorporated into L1 education?
  • How can moments of discomfort in L1 education be mobilised in generative ways to expand the identities of learners, teachers, teacher educators, and researchers?
  • How might unsettling practices enable the transformation that is linked to sustainability, diversity, and equity as recurring and emerging themes in L1 research and education?
  • How might educators and researchers challenge restrictive education practices, censorship, and policy initiatives to create inclusive and compassionate spaces?
  • How can tools of critical theory and intersectionality be utilised in teacher education and K–12 teaching to help teachers and students create inclusive and compassionate spaces and dispositions?
  • How can teacher educators and primary and secondary classroom teachers disrupt restrictive education policies and practices to include discussion of LGBTQIA+ topics, socioeconomic inequalities, religious persecution, and other topics that might feel “too political” in the current climate?
  • How do we sustain the joy, passion and enthusiasm that are the characteristics of the subject, its teachers, and students?

The Connections and Disruptions Conference aspires to bring participants physically together. However, given the challenges we are all still facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic and acknowledging sustainability issues concerning both climate and economy, the conference will run in a hybrid format so that participants who will not be able to travel to Melbourne can still attend virtually.

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