The AFMLTA hosts a biennial international conference for teachers of languages.
This event regularly sees international, national and local speakers present on topics relevant to teachers of languages at all levels.

AFMLTA Conference

23rd AFMLTA International Languages Conference

Date: 5 - 6 July 2021

Online event via Zoom across 2 full days

Keynote speakers

Janice Aubry - Former President of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers, Director of the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education and the Director of Curriculum at Edmonton Public Schools, Canada

David de Carvalho - Chief Executive Officer, ACARA

Professor Ken Cruickshank - University of Sydney - (Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture)

Professor Anne-Marie Morgan - James Cook University

Professor Martin Westwell - Chief Executive, SACE Board

(TBC) Dr Sam Obsorne - Senior Lecturer Uni SA Education Futures

Call for papers

Teachers, researchers and academics are invited to submit an abstract for a 30 minute presentation (including question time) related to one of the conference themes. Proposals for presentations that are related to theory, research and practice in the area of Languages teaching and learning are welcome. Languages include all languages other than English learned as a second or additional language, or as a heritage language, in schools or in community language settings.

The Conference themes include

  • Leadership in languages education
  • Languages in preschool and the early years of schooling
  • Intensive languages education (including CLIL, Bilingual education)
  • Teaching and Learning of Indigenous Languages
  • Teacher education for language education
  • Responding to diversity in the classroom
  • Heritage/ background/community language education
  • Programming, planning and assessing language learning
  • Application of digital/mobile technologies in languages education
  • Virtual/online learning
  • Innovation in teaching and learning languages

Please submit your proposal online using this link

   You will need to set up an account.
   Submit your name, contact and bio details in the Author section.
   Submit your session title and abstract (max 300 words).
  You do not need to upload your paper.

Closing date for submissions: Friday 30 April, 2021

All proposals will be reviewed and you will be advised of the outcome by 31 May, 2021.
All presenters will be able to register for the conference at the Early Bird Rate.

Registration Rates

*Member rates are open to member of:

Conference program

The draft conference program will be available here soon

Conference partners

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Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture

The AFMLTA International Languages Conference includes the Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture as a key element to its program. The Keith Horwood Memorial Lecturer is an invited speaker who is an eminent person currently engaged in the field of languages education in Australia and is an Australian resident.
Keith Horwood was the foundational Organising Secretary of the AFMLTA Inc. With the support of the Horwood family, the National Assembly unanimously endorsed the introduction of the Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture as a fitting perpetual tribute to the memory of one of its earliest supporters. The lecture was inaugurated at the 2001 National Conference, held in Canberra.

For further information on the Keith Horwood Memorial Lecture, including previous invited Lecturers and about Keith Horwood, click here.