Antwerp School of Education

Methodologies in language education research

Fourth International Conference on Language Education and Testing

About the conference

University of Antwerp, Belgium

The conference will not take place in 2024, but will be postponed to 2025

Methodological issues in research on (foreign) language teaching is a central theme in the research agenda of many. The aim of the conference is to provide (language) researchers with a forum to discuss (answers to) crucial methodological questions such as: how can I make my research more ecologically valid in the classroom context; how can I integrate qualitative and quantitative methods for the purpose of empirical convergence or the identification of divergence; how can I use a "mixed methods way of thinking" to capture multiple perspectives in my data; how can I draw conclusions from my mixed methods dataset in the right way; to what extent is teacher-researcher collaboration useful for my research?

Summer School and Conference

The conference is preceded by a methodological Summer School at UCLouvain, which allows participants to spend time at two Belgian Higher Education Institutions in both regions of the country, Wallonia and Flanders, delve into the tips and tricks of planning, implementing and analysing ecologically framed studies prior to the conference, as well as explore the broader implications for research paradigms, such as design-based research for investigating language in education. Look here for more information on the Summer School 2024: “Language in education research: ecological and mixed methods approaches” (Louvain-la-Neuve, August 7-10, 2024).

Practical information

The conference can be combined with the Summer School but stands on its own as the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed series of Conferences on Language Teaching and Testing. The congress format provides presentation formats suitable to valorise different types of expertise:

  • A conference paper (20 minutes presentation +10 minutes Q&A)
  • A poster.

Besides two invited keynotes (Carlee Arnett - University of California, Davis), a selected plenary will be chosen (author of most promising abstract).

The conference takes place on the City Campus of the University of Antwerp, in the bustling historic city centre of Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city and Europe’s second largest port. Conference venue: Meerminne Building (Sint-​Jacobstraat 2, Antwerpen, Belgium).

Registration fee (abstracts are being assessed - registration will open soon, after termination of the assessment procedure)

  • Early bird regular registration fee (until 15 June 2024) EUR 250
  • Early bird PhD student registration fee (until 15 June) EUR 110
  • EUR 275 (regular participant)
  • EUR 125 (PhD student)

The registration fee covers morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks and lunch on both conference days. A printed certificate of attendance is provided on request.