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CLESOL 2014 Call for Papers has now closed.



Essentials for Learning and Teaching: Ko te Pū, ko te Ako


We invite presenters to explore the key principles, knowledge, strategies, skills and approaches that are central to language learning and teaching. The focus is on capturing the essence of what underpins effective learning and teaching.



Presentation Formats

  • Paper, 30 minutes including 10 minutes for questions/responses
  • Workshop, 70 minutes
  • Five-minute Brilliant Idea
  • Interactive Learning Fair
  • Poster (to be displayed at designated times throughout the conference)

Learn more about the presentation formats


We welcome research-based papers that relate to the conference theme including:

  • Blended / web-based / e-learning
  • Community languages learning and teaching
  • Diverse classrooms
  • Grammar
  • Integrating language and content teaching
  • Language and identity (incl Pasifika / migrants / refugee issues)
  • Leadership and management
  • Literacy / multiliteracy
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking and pronunciation
  • Te Reo / Māori language learning and teaching
  • Teacher education
  • Testing and assessment
  • Vocabulary / corpora
  • Writing

Evaluation of Proposals

All abstracts will be double-blind reviewed.  Relevance to the themes of the conference, originality and applicability to the conference audience are key considerations in the acceptance of all submissions.  The Programme Committee reserves the right to decline any submission without assigning reasons.  All submitters will receive a letter giving the outcome of their proposal.


Conditions of Submissions

  • Each presenter may participate in a maximum of two presentations.
  • The Programme Committee reserves the right to accept your proposal under a different category, for example, accepting a paper as a poster.
  • Presenters who have been accepted must register for the conference and pay by 18 April 2014.  Conference registration will open late February 2014.
  • All confirmed submissions and presenting authors will be listed on the conference website by late March 2014.
  • Presenters are required to organise their own travel and accommodation arrangements.  The Conference Organisers have secured accommodation at a variety of locations around Wellington and details about this accommodation will be available for booking when registering for the conference.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: Friday 6 December 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance: by 14 March 2014
  • Very early bird registration closes: 11 April 2014
  • Deadline for accepted presenters to register and pay: 18 April 2014

Conference Publication/Proceedings

Conference proceedings will be produced after the conference.  Further details on how to submit full papers for peer review for publication in the conference proceedings will be emailed to presenters following the conference.


Presentation Format Details


This is a lecture style presentation which may be supported with visual material and handouts.  Paper presentations will be allocated 30 minutes including 10 minutes for questions and answers.



This is an activity-based, interactive session with little lecturing.  It may be supported with visual material, activities and handouts.  Workshops will be allocated 70 minutes.


Five-minute Brilliant Idea

This is an invitation to teachers to provide a snappy presentation on a teaching idea they would like to share.  It can be something innovative they have invented, a new twist on the tried and true, or a technique from the past whose time has come to be resurrected.


Interactive Learning Fair

The Interactive Learning Fair is an interactive session where presenters will have a two-minute maximum “thumbnail slot” to introduce themselves and their topic, and an explanation of what they will be showing on their allocated table for people to visit during the Fair.


Each presenter needs to prepare a handout to a maximum of 300 words describing their presentation area.

During the two-minute presentations the Programme Committee will run a power point slide show with key information for each of the presenters, including: name, affiliation, a picture, and the title of the presentation.


The presentations can take a variety of formats.  Here are some ideas:

  • A wall display
  • A click-through activity on a lap-top
  • A short questionnaire
  • A short group activity
  • An interactive activity which you run at set times
  • Posters
  • Materials you would like to show or get feedback on
  • A short demonstration

We welcome any other creative ideas for this exciting presentation mode.


Anyone interested in participating in this interactive format for presenting their work needs to submit a 300 word maximum proposal describing their presentation.  This proposal will also be used for the handout.



Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a conference-related theme or topic.  They are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. photos, charts, graphs, tables).  There will be a block of time allocated when presenters will be available to discuss their posters, and posters will be displayed in the trade exhibition/catering area.  Presenters are encouraged to consider posters because of the opportunity they provide for the inclusion of more presenters and for extended discussion with other teachers and researchers.  You will be assigned a space to display your poster which will fit one A0 size sheet.


Guidelines for poster design:

  • Your poster should be no larger than A0: 1189 x 841 mm / 118.9 x 84.1 cm (landscape or portrait).
  • Provide an overview of the key elements you wish to present about your teaching practice or research, including objectives, the process, outcomes or findings, implications, references etc.
  • Utilise graphics, tables or other relevant visuals to illustrate the main points; use colour if possible.
  • Your poster should have a clear focus and be well organised in order to guide the reader through the poster.
  • Avoid overwhelming detail. Keep it simple, both in terms of the language and visuals used.
  • Choose a readable font, large enough to be read from about 1m away (titles/main headings from about 2m distance).
  • You may wish to prepare a handout which you can also pin to the poster board.
  • Include the title, your name and affiliation in the display.
  • Consider how your poster might encourage conversation.


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