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Conference on Child Foreign Language Acquisition


October 16 - 17, 2014


Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Call for Papers


Topics that will fit this call for papers will be, among others:


  • Task-based interaction among children (task familiarity, planning time, attention to form … etc.)

  • Teacher input to young learners (instructions and models while carrying out tasks) and its impact on child language development.

  • L1 use

  • The role of peers in child foreign/second language acquisition

  • Pedagogical implications for the design of age-appropriate tasks

  • Child metalinguistic awareness

  • Child motivation and attitude toward tasks

  • Concerns and challenges in child foreign language acquisition


Meeting Description

This workshop focuses on child (4-12) foreign language acquisition in school contexts. Research exploring how children of that age range interact while completing communicative tasks is lacking, especially in foreign language settings. Philp, Oliver and Mackey (2008: 13) stated that there is a need for ‘rich, detailed descriptions of the many and various factors which interact to impact a given child’s L2 development'. Thus we welcome studies carried out within interactionist and/or sociocultural approaches and focused on different aspects of child foreign language development.  

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Yuko Goto Butler
Dr. Ana Llinares
Prof. Carmen Muñoz
Prof. Marianne Nikolov
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