LERC2020 Moves to Virtual Conference

June 28, 2020

We continue to monitor the evolving factors related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, particularly with regard to our 2nd International Conference on Language Education and Research.  The term “second wave” has no agreed-upon scientific definition. It can mean anything from localised spikes in infection to a full-blown national crisis, and some experts avoid it for this reason. Though, fear of a second wave of infections now hangs over countries that have managed to stamp out the disease. Due to such developments, it is likely that gatherings in conferences might be prohibited in autumn, which has contributed to our decision to move LERC2020 completely online on October 3rd and 4th, 2020. We made this decision in response to the many requests from our community asking that in the absence of a face to face event, that we hold an online event. We look forward to having you join us for this fully online event, and will be reaching out with complete details and the updated program shortly.
As we move LERC2020 completely online, we look forward to offering you the same vibrant programming, impactful networking, and opportunities to reflect and connect over the emerging and salient topics in our field. The virtual conference will include our regular offerings and opportunities for engagement, including sessions, workshops and poster presentations, keynotes, and space to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, and educators from across the globe. In addition to participating in the live event, all attendees will have access to on-demand recordings for one (1) year. Moving our face-to-face conference to a fully online format presents us with the unique opportunity to spotlight the best of what the online modality affords – meaningful collaboration and the ability to reflect and connect with colleagues around the world. We hope that you will join us for this reimagined event, and celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to forging connections without boundaries.
We look forward to welcoming you to the LERC2020 Virtual Conference in October, and we are here to help you however we can with questions and requests for support.  Please feel free to reach out to us with requests related to LERC2020 at info@als-edu.com.

Language Education and Research Conference
Oct 03, 8:30 AM GMT+3 – Oct 04, 6:30 PM GMT+3

Keynote Speakers


Prof David Crystal

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster in language and linguistics. He joined the new department of linguistics at Reading in 1965, becoming professor of linguistic science there in 1975. From 1984 he has worked as an independent scholar. He is author of over 100 books on various aspects of the English language, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, now in its third edition. His latest book is Let's talk: how English conversation works (2020). A complete list of his publications can be found at www.davidcrystal.com.

"New challenges: the role of Pragmatics"
Of all the branches of linguistics that have helped to inform ELT, the most important, in my view, is the relatively recent field of pragmatics, because it focuses on providing explanations for the linguistic choices people make - something that is especially important when considering the way English is developing globally in the 21st century. The talk describes the evolution of the subject and illustrates how a pragmatic perspective can help to make language topics come alive in the classroom.

Prof Douglas Biber

Douglas Biber is Regents' Professor of English (Applied Linguistics) at Northern Arizona University.  Beginning with his involvement in adult education programs in Kenya and Somalia, followed by faculty appointments at USC and NAU, he has been actively training language teachers and professionals for 35 years.  His research efforts have focused on corpus linguistics, English grammar, describing patterns of register variation (in English and cross-linguistic; synchronic and diachronic), and how those research findings can in turn be applied in studies of language teaching and learning.  He has published over 235 research articles and 25 books and monographs, including primary research studies as well as textbooks.  He is widely known for his work on the corpus-based Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999) and for the development of ‘Multi-Dimensional Analysis’ (a research approach for the study of register variation), described in earlier books published by Cambridge University Press (1988, 1995, 1998).  More recently, he co-authored a textbook on Register, Genre, and Style [2nd edition] (Cambridge, 2019), co-edited the new Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics (2015), and co-authored research monographs on grammatical complexity in written academic English (Cambridge, 2016) and register variation on the web (Cambridge, 2018).
"Complexity in academic writing:  The development of phrasal discourse styles"

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Dr Eleni Agathopoulou

Eleni Agathopoulou is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the School of English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently she is head of the Postgraduate Programme in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics and editor of the Journal of Applied Linguistics of the Greek Applied Linguistics Association.  Her research interests concern non-native language acquisition and foreign language learning, bilingualism, focus on form instruction and language learning strategies. She has published articles in the EUROSLA Yearbook, the Journal of Applied Linguistics and the Language Learning Journal, as well as volumes and conference proceedings.

“Corrective feedback in the EFL classroom”

The usefulness of corrective feedback (CF) is taken for granted by many EFL teachers. However, research shows that whether CF is beneficial on language development may depend on the target language items, the types of CF, the teaching approach, the learning task at hand, the learners’ age, literacy, language proficiency, working memory, as well as psychological factors. After a brief introduction to the subject, I will present findings from relevant research in EFL in Greece and will discuss the implications of these findings for language teachers.        


Conference details

Join us at this year’s leading event.

The call for proposals is now open. We are diligently working on bringing the most knowledgeable researchers and educators from all over the world, as well as leaders in the industry to explore important topics such as

  • Innovation in Language Teaching,

  • Second Language Acquisition,

  • Bilingualism/Trilingualism,

  • Evolution in Language Variation,

  • History and Development of ELT,

  • Language Awareness,

  • Phonology,

  • ELT Methodology,

  • Assessment,

  • Discourse analysis,

  • Corpus Linguistics,

  • Applied Linguistics.

This conference is two full days of sessions on cutting edge issues related to Language Education and Research. There are also many opportunities for networking and socializing with our colleagues.

Call for Papers

We intend to have a more interactional mode throughout the day so that the audience is given plenty of time to interact and share their context. The format is fluid to meet the expectations of the presenters and the delegates. We welcome a variety of formats as listed below:

  • Papers: 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion

  • Workshops: 45 minutes (incl. a 10-minute discussion)

  • Presentation of posters: 15 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion​

Paper submission deadline

We look forward to your contributions as presenters and facilitators.

Each speaker has the opportunity to present one paper. Accepted presentations will also be published in the Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics.

Please send your abstracts (max 80 words) and summaries (max 200 words) to Dr Paschalis Chliaras, the Conference Coordinator: info@als-edu.com by no later than 30 May 2020.

Organising Committee

  • Dr Paschalis Chliaras FHEA, PhD in Applied Linguistics and SLA, Chairman or the Research Centre for Applied Languages and Linguistics; ALS House Delta Centre MCT; Cambridge CEM

  • Dr Efthymia Tsaroucha, Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics, University  of Thessaly, Greece; Post doctoral researcher, University of Western Macedonia

  • Alexandra Green, Academic Director Eurognosi SA; Cambridge Assessment English Team Leader (Greece-Cyprus) and Speaking Examiner; author of EFL books

  • Liam Bellamy, Principal, New Generation Private School, Juffair Bahrain; Educational Consultant; MA, International Relations 

  • Margarita Kamariotou, ΒΑ in Education (Total Quality Management); Αdult Trainer (EOPPEP certified); Parents councellor; TESOL Greece oversight committee chair; LTO owner 


Get in Touch

We hope you're able to attend. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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