CFP: Chicago Language Symposium (University of Illinois-Chicago_

Deadline: February 21, 2024

Action-Oriented Pedagogies in Language Teaching
April 27, 2024
University of Illinois-Chicago
At the turn of the 21st Century, innovative approaches to language teaching
have placed the “learning by doing” principle into focus based on
the premise that students learn a language by using the language. ACTFL’s
Performance Indicators, influenced by the Can-Do Statements of
the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), have set the
basis for instruction to be action-oriented where the goal
is for students to accomplish relevant and engaging real-world tasks and
projects that need to be completed through the use of the target
language. In such pedagogies, a communicative goal is identified and the
planning follows a backward design that sets the path towards
supporting and assessing students’ accomplishment of the goal. In short, these
innovative pedagogies put the student at the center stage and,
in addition to effectively promoting language learning, they also foster
creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and intentional
examination of the world through investigation. Our goal for the CLS 2024 is
to explore how pedagogies focused on experiential learning are
designed and implemented in the classroom.

Specific topic proposals may include:
● Task-based language teaching
● Project-based language teaching
● Content-based language instruction
● Content and language-integrated learning
● Integrated Performance Assessment
We welcome proposals that address or illustrate language teaching reflecting
these frameworks and that also may also incorporate principles of
diversity, equity and inclusion, technology-mediated teaching and learning,
multimodality, virtual realities, artificial intelligence, accessibility, or
community-based learning.
All presentations are 20 minutes long, plus 10 minutes for Q&A. All presenters
must present in-person. Language instructors at all levels are
invited to submit proposals; examples in any target language are welcome, but
the language of the symposium will be English. For information
on past symposia, click here:
Questions about your proposal? Visit our website:

Proposal submission deadline: Wednesday, February 21st, 2024
NOTE: Since its founding in 1999, the Chicago Language Symposium has allowed
for lively conversations and sustained dialogues amongst its
participants through the course of the sessions. We would like to continue
that highly valued aspect of the meeting and have thus established
the following guidelines:


 This will be primarily an in-person event


 Remote participation will be allowed, however, opportunities for remote-
participant interaction during sessions will be limited (due to
the venue and logistics)


 We require that all presenters attend in-person
Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration.
Organized by:
The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center at the University
of Illinois-Chicago

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