Conference Concept

The International CALL Research Conferences aim to:

  • promote CALL as a transdisciplinary endeavour and thereby contribute to the elaboration and dissemination of CALL theory.
  • stimulate the CALL community worldwide, especially (post)graduate students.
  • inspire language education in diverse contexts.
  • build bridges between cultures.
  • support colleagues in challenging political contexts.

The conferences welcome contributions from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives (pedagogy, technology, linguistics and psychology) with a view to discussing as a community the multiplicity of challenges associated with the conference theme. This theme, chosen by the Programme Committee, is mostly a narrow, rather specialized, but transversal topic. This means that all CALL researchers and practitioners are always confronted one way or another with the proposed theme.

The conferences have a unique audience, spirit and formula. We welcome CALL researchers from all continents. Typically, between 100 and 150 participants represent more than 25 countries. A family spirit makes the regular participant feel not only welcome, but also valued, respected and listened to. The conference formula targets informal contacts, spontaneous activities and long-lasting friendships. A non-stop coffee room is provided for free individual activities or collaborative exchanges.

The conferences typically take place early July in order to allow for as many participants as possible from all continents to attend the conference, and in order to avoid conflicts with other conferences such as WorldCALL, EuroCALL, CALICO, JALTCALL, and GloCALL.

In the first round, abstracts are being evaluated on relevance and originality. Authors of accepted abstracts can also decide to submit a short paper later (double-blind peer-reviewed) for the conference proceedings. These papers can then be considered for publication in Computer Assisted Language Learning in a longer version.

The conferences reward the best presentation by a PhD student and the long-term contribution to the CALL field with a Lifetime Achievement Award.