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Conference Alert: Academic Language Conferences

If you study or teach about writing and language, be sure to check out these upcoming academic conferences. They are perfect events to enhance language learning and build your network. There are sessions covering a myriad of topics, and many are being held in-person as well as virtually.

If you are considering attending in person, search our home listings for a place to stay – or a home to share during the conference.

Modern Language Association (MLA 2022)

MLA 2022

January 6-9, 2022

Washington, D.C.

“The largest scholarly meeting in the humanities, the MLA convention brings together thousands of members to discuss new research, participate in workshops, and build their professional networks.” 

The 2022 Presidential Theme is Multilingual US. MLA President Barbara Fuchs expands on the theme choice:

“When I first considered a theme for my presidential year, I was motivated by the urgency of naming and recognizing our multilingual reality, in a political context that strove to deny it. In the face of a devastating global pandemic, which has shut physical borders, it is all the more important to argue for cultural exchange and openness, from the teaching of languages in universities to the fostering of them in our public life. The MLA can play a crucial role in imagining and supporting a linguistically diverse commons, to make language a tool of inclusion rather than exclusion. For those who care about the humanities, exploring and promoting multilingualism is one of the most significant contributions we can make to a diverse public sphere.”

Related: Learn More about the MLA 2022 Presidential Theme 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

ACTFL Convention and Expo 2022

November 18-20, 2022

Boston, Massachussetts

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has been a valuable resource for educators, business leaders and governments since 1967. The annual conference is an opportunity to meet, connect and share strategies across organizations.

“The 2022 ACTFL Convention will be a hybrid event with both in person sessions and virtual sessions for those who wish to present and cannot attend in person. The convention will feature the same educational content covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is a national event bringing together over 7,000 attendees from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession. The goal of the ACTFL Annual Convention is to provide a comprehensive professional development experience for language educators of all languages and levels. Compelling proposals address the needs of today’s learners and educators by focusing on innovative programs, emerging trends and research-informed practices.”

Related: Find a Place to Stay in Boston

Our “Conference Alert” series of articles will keep you in-the-know about upcoming academic conventions and conferences. Each article in this series previews deadlines for abstracts and proposals for a specific area of study. Conferences are great opportunities to network, meet others who study in your field and perhaps help you make a connection for a research or sabbatical travel experience.

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