Call for Papers

Greetings from The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2018 (ACLL2018) Organising Committee.

We are very pleased this year to welcome Dr Bonny Norton of the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada, to our conversation about how to move forward as international educators in a challenging time. With her career-spanning research interests in globally situated identity(ies) and a transdisciplinary sociocultural approach to what constitutes good language teaching, Dr Norton might well have written our conference theme, "Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change", for us.

We will also feature Dr Garold Murray of Okayama University and his talk, "Language Learning in a Time of Complexity and Change," in which he suggests we look beyond the in-class/out-of-class divide when viewing learners. Dr Murray h​a​s served as convener of the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy in Language Learning (2005-2011) and president of the Japan Association of Self-Access Language Learning (2005-2010).

Dr Judy Noguchi, Professor emerita of Kobe Gakuin University, will present, “A New Paradigm for English Language Teaching in Asian Contexts,” in which she gives us a strong reminder that we must recognize diversity of social structures as a strength and that “use of English does not and should not signify the exclusion or rejection of non-Western ideas and concepts of education.”

Finally, Professor Ken Urano of Hokkai-Gakuen University will present “Task-based Language Teaching in an English for Business Purposes Program.” His work in this area is directly related to supporting learners entering sustainable local careers in Hokkaido. Professor Urano has presented widely including serving as a featured speaker at IICEHawaii2017 and speaking at JALT2015 where he was the Kevin Cleary Invited Speaker.

Presented in the historic port city of Kobe, which has been a crucial site for internationalization in Japan, this IAFOR conference will attract researchers and practitioners from around the world. At this eighth ACLL conference we will continue to provide the international, intercultural, interdisciplinary and intellectual meeting space that past participants have come to expect. Meet your peers from over 40 countries to exchange experiences, perspectives and expertise on how to help our learners survive and thrive.

This conference, like all previous ACLL conferences, will take an interdisciplinary approach. The major streams addressed include Culture and Language, Psychology of the Learner, Intersectionality, Plurilingualism – Bilingualism, Educational Technologies, Learning Environments, Professional Development, Assessment, Approaches, Applied Linguistics Research, Disabilities and the Language Learner, Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, and Translation and Interpretation. The stream of Culture and Language Learning has been expanded to include Cross-cultural Communication, Cultural Literacy, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Literature and Language Learning, and Linguistic Landscapes. If you have something to share related to Language Learning and Teaching this is the conference for you!

Kobe, part of the greater Kansai region, is also a convenient base from which to explore Japan and Japanese culture, so if you can, plan your schedule to arrive early or stay after the conference concludes.

We look forward to welcoming you to ACLL2018 in Kobe, Japan.

– The ACLL2018 Organising Committee

Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Professor Ted O’Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Professor Steve Cornwell, Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
Dr Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

Key Information
  • Conference Dates: Friday, April 27, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: December 08, 2017*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: February 08, 2018
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors: Usually within three weeks
  • Full conference registration fees due for all presenters: March 08, 2018
  • Full conference paper submission (after the event): May 29, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) is calling for abstract submissions. To present your research at the conference your abstract must first pass double-blind peer review. Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.

Conference Theme & Streams

Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change"

The conference theme for ACLL is "Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

Culture and Language

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Cultural literacy
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Literature and language learning
  • Linguistic landscapes

Psychology of the learner

  • Learner identities
  • Motivation
  • Individual differences
  • Learning strategies
  • Autonomy and self-regulation
  • Group dynamics
  • Emotions


  • Class, gender, race and minority identities in language learning

Plurilingualism – Bilingualism

  • World Englishes
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Languages Other Than English

Educational Technologies

  • Adaptive learning
  • Mobile learning / Apps
  • Augmented and virtual realities
  • Blended learning
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • OERs (Open Educational Resources)
  • Games and gamification
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Learning environments

  • New classrooms
  • Informal learning
  • Design for learning
  • Learning in the community
  • Self-access centers

Professional development

  • In-service teacher development
  • Pre-service teacher training
  • Mid-career teacher development
  • Educational management
  • Teacher autonomy
  • Observation and feedback


  • Testing and evaluation
  • Standardized tests
  • Continuous assessment
  • Achievement/Proficiency
  • Self-assessment
  • Mastery learning
  • Norm-Referenced/Criterion Referenced
  • Formative/Summative


  • Task-based learning
  • English for Special Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes

Applied linguistics research

Disabilities and the language learner

Educational policy

Lifelong learning

Translation and Interpretation

How to Submit Your Abstract

  • To submit, go to IAFOR's online submission system.
  • Create your account. Your email address will be used as your username and you will be asked to ​create a password.
  • Submit your abstract (maximum 250 words), choosing from the presentation formats listed below (Individual, Poster​, Symposium, Workshop ​
    or Virtual).
  • Submit well before the submission deadline in order to benefit from Early Bird or Advanced Registration rates.
  • Your abstract will undergo double-blind peer review and the results will usually be returned to you within three weeks.
  • If your abstract is accepted you will be invited to register for the conference.
  • Upon payment of the registration fee, you will receive a confirmation email containing your official receipt.

Submission Status

Check on the status of your abstract submission by logging in to the online submission system. The status is displayed in the "Your Submissions" area. Your personal information may be edited at any time.

If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, a notification email will be sent to your registered email address. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at

Presentation Formats

Oral Presentation (25 minutes)
Poster Presentation (60 minutes)
Virtual Presentation
Workshop Presentation (60 to 90 minutes)
Symposium Presentation (90 minutes)

Review System

Authors as Reviewers: A Reciprocal System

Our academic events would not be what they are without a commitment to ensuring adherence to international norms of abstract peer review. IAFOR relies on a large number of international scholars from around the world to contribute to a shared vision of promoting and engaging in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and if you are taking part in an IAFOR event, then that means you. Authors may be asked to review up to five abstracts for the conference. You are under no obligation to participate in this reciprocal system, but if you are selected to review, and undertake this task of grading abstracts for the the conference, you will be credited in the conference programme.

Scheduling Requests

Because of the complexity of putting the Conference Programme together and the large numbers of participants involved, it is not usually possible to accommodate requests for specific presentation days or times. We ask that you reserve requests for religious reasons or other exceptional and unavoidable circumstances.

We encourage participants to attend the conference each day in order to benefit fully from the experience. While requests for specific presentation days or times are not accepted other than under exceptional circumstances, you may request one blackout day – a day on which you will not be scheduled to present at the conference.

Scheduling requests will not be accepted after the registration deadline.

Conference Proceedings

If you wish your paper to be published in the Conference Proceedings, once you have registered please ensure that you upload your full paper through the online system by May 29, 2018.

Final papers are only accepted in Microsoft Word format. Before submitting your paper please ensure that you have read the Final Paper Guidelines and formatted your paper correctly.

The official Conference Proceedings will be published online in a PDF format under an ISSN issued by the National Diet Library of Japan on June 29, 2018.

Publication & Licensing Issues

IAFOR believes in “Open Access” publishing, and since 2009, has been committed to maintaining an online searchable research archive that offers free access to anyone, anywhere, where there is Internet access, regardless of institutional affiliation or scholarly rank. IAFOR publications are accessible on the website (Open Access) to researchers all over the world, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo. Authors and contributors are not required to pay charges of any sort towards the publication of IAFOR journals.

Abstracts, research papers, and video footage are published under an IAFOR user license and are protected by copyright. Users may access, download, copy, translate, text and data mine, redistribute, display or adapt the articles for non-commercial purposes provided that users follow the guidelines set out in the IAFOR User License.

Journals and other forms of print and digital media will be made available by IAFOR to the general public on an online, Open Access basis. By publishing their work with IAFOR, authors enter into an exclusive License Agreement, where they have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to IAFOR as the publisher.