EuroSLA 2018 – First Call for Proposals

We are inviting proposals for presentations at Eurosla 28 in Münster, Germany. All areas and approaches to the study of learning second/foreign/additional languages are welcome.

Academic programme
The academic programme will consist of presentations by the participants and the invited keynote speakers (Raphael Berthele (Fribourg, Switzerland), Claudia Felser (Potsdam, Germany), Johanne Paradis (Edmonton, Canada), Marianne Starren (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)), as well as the doctoral student workshop, and the Language Learning Roundtable (topic: the relation between learner grammar and input).

Types of presentations
1) Individual paper (length of presentation: 20+10 min.)
2) Colloquium with either 3 or 5 thematically related papers (length of a colloquium: 90 or 150 min., depending on the number of papers). Prior to submitting a colloquium, please send us an informal email to before January 15th, 2018.
3) Poster (A0, portrait)
4) Paper at the doctoral student workshop (length of presentation: 15+15 min.); The doctoral student workshop is intended to serve as a platform for discussion of ongoing PhD research and obtain feedback from senior researchers. These sessions are an opportunity for PhD students to present their work and discuss future directions. Students whose abstracts are accepted will then be required to send their presentation to a discussant (a senior researcher). The discussant will lead a 15 minute feedback/discussion session on their work.

Abstract submission information
The submission of presentation proposals opens on January 31st, 2018, and closes on February 28th, 2018. The proposals are submitted by filling in an online form (

The proposals for all presentations will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the Eurosla Scientific committee. The criteria include the quality of the content and the clarity of the abstract, contribution to the field and thematic relevance. Colloquia will also be assessed according to range and coherence of the papers.

Presentation acceptances will be sent out by the end of April 2018.

Length of abstracts:
– Individual paper, paper at the doctoral student workshop, or poster: max. 3000 characters (incl. spaces), including references
– Colloquium: general abstract (max. 2000 characters (incl. spaces), including references) + abstracts for each paper (each max. 3000 characters (incl. spaces), including references). The general abstract should describe the topic of the colloquium and thus enable the reviewer to assess range and coherence of the papers. A colloquium as a whole can only be accepted if the overall quality of all included abstracts is high enough. If a colloquium is rejected, individual papers can still be accepted as papers in parallel sessions. Please note that only a limited number of colloquia can be accepted. Prior to submitting a colloquium, please send us an informal email to before January 15th, 2018.

Language policy
The working language of the conference is English but presentations are also welcome in other European languages.

Presenter policy
Each participant can appear as the first author of one presentation only. A colloquium convener can also present at the colloquium or elsewhere in the programme.

Student stipends
As in previous years, several student stipends will be available for doctoral students.
If you wish to apply, please send the following information to before February 28th, 2018:
1. Name, institution, and address of institution
2. Official confirmation of a PhD student status
3. Statement from supervisor or head of Department that the applicant’s institution cannot (fully) cover the conference-related expenses.

Please note that applicants who have already received such a stipend in the past are not eligible to re-apply.

For general questions, please email
For questions concerning the colloquia, please email
For questions concerning the posters, please email

We look forward to seeing you in Münster, Germany, in September 2018!

The Organizing Committee