Individuals in Contexts: Psychology of Language Learning 2 (PLL2)


Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

University of Jyväskylä, Finland 

We are now inviting proposals for presentations in this international conference, organized for the second time. The first one was held in Graz, Austria in May 2014.

Conference theme 

The conference will focus on the role of psychology in learning and teaching languages and address among other things such key issues in the field as: learners and teachers as individuals with various aspects of their psychology involved, including self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, emotions, strategies, styles, etc.; the learning process and its outcomes; and the diversity of contexts where the learning and teaching of languages takes place these days. 

Academic programme 

In addition to the talks delivered by plenary speakers, the programme will consist of paper and poster sessions, colloquia and workshops. 

Plenary speakers 

o Phil Benson, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia 

o Maggie Kubanyiova, University of Birmingham, UK 

o Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria 

Presentations by conference participants 

The submission of proposals opens on February 1, 2016 (see the conference website), and closes on March 15, 2016. This is done by filling out an online form. Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster, 3) colloquium (with thematically related papers, discussion and audience participation), and 4) workshop (with hands-on activities based on some data or a specific topic) 

Length of abstracts: paper or poster (300 words, max., including references), colloquium (500 words, max., including titles of papers but no mention of presenters by name; and if a proposal is accepted, an abstract will be requested for each paper, 300 words, max.); workshop (500 words, max.). Length of presentations in the conference: paper (20 min. and 10 min. for questions and answers), poster (size AO, max.), colloquium (90 or 180 min.), workshop (90 min.) 

Language policy: The language of the conference is English. If a presentation is based on data in any other language, use of multilingual material (e.g. in Power Point slides, handouts) is recommended. The proposals for any type of presentation will be evaluated anonymously by at least two members of the PLL Scientific Committee and the Organizing Committee, and they will be evaluated for their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance, quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression). For colloquia/workshops: clear schedule of activities, discussion and/or audience participation. 

Presentation acceptances will be sent out by early May 2016. 

For any queries, please email:

The conference is organized back-to-back with/in cooperation with the 26th annual conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) Wednesday, August 24 – Saturday, August 27, 2016. Both events are organized in Jyväskylä, Finland.