Archive for November, 2013

Membership fees to increase for 2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Please note that, as agreed at our annual meeting, our membership fees will increase from 1 January 2014 to R450 for full membership (for the rest of 2014) and R250 for associate membership.

International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

Monday, November 11th, 2013

International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
May 9-10, 2014

This conference invites papers that investigate foreign language teaching and learning in the following streams:

Applied linguistics
Cognitive linguistics
Cognitive and construction grammars
Discourse analyses
English for specific purposes
Independent / Autonomous learning
Innovation in language teaching and learning
Intercultural Education
Language acquisition and learning
Language curriculum development
Language education
Language development, impairment, attrition, and loss
Language teacher education
Language teaching methodology
Language testing and assessment
Language program evaluation
Mental spaces and conceptual blending
Metaphor and metonymy
Other FLTAL related issues

Types of presentations

Participants are invited to submit abstracts of papers, workshops or posters to the conference Program Committee. All types of presentations will be in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, English and Turkish.


Paper presentations on any of the themes listed above are invited. The paper presenters are kindly asked to restrict their presentations to 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion led by the chair of the session, and Q&A as well. Each session will therefore have a total duration of 20 minutes.


Workshop sessions must include active audience participation through experiencing and discussing tasks provided by the workshop facilitator. Workshop sessions will generally be around 60 minutes but, with detailed justification.

Posters and e-posters

Posters are invited on any of the themes listed above. Posters may be any size up to a maximum of A1 (594mm x 840mm) or equivalent made up of separate sheets. Electronic versions of each poster accepted can be in the following formats up to a maximum size of 10MB. They may be posted on the conference website for 12 months following the conference:

-Windows OS
-Microsoft Powerpoint
-Word 2003 files
-PDF files
-jpeg, wmv, Flash or QuickTime files

Criteria for Acceptance

All abstracts will be blind reviewed by the Editorial And Advisory Board. Relevance to the themes of the conference and originality of approach are key considerations in the acceptance of papers, workshops and posters. The Board reserves the right to decline paper/workshop/poster proposals without assigning reasons.
Presenters of papers, workshops and posters will receive acceptance letters, thereby facilitating sponsorship from employers.


Video replay equipment, overhead projectors, laptops (with Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003) and data projectors can be supplied if reserved on the proposal form. Please request equipment when registering for the conference

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Learning and Teaching in Multilingual Contexts

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University for a motivated candidate who is interested in bi/multilingual learning and teaching in contexts where English is used as the language of learning and teaching to speakers of other languages. The successful candidate will be involved in an NRF-funded research programme focusing on qualitative and quantitative studies of bi/multilinguals learning through English.

Applicants who have recently (within the past five years) completed a PhD degree in the fields of Applied Linguistics or Educational Linguistics can apply for this Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The tax-free Fellowship of R160 000 per annum is tenable for one year, but could be extended for a second year depending on the applicant’s progress. The proposed starting date for the fellowship is January 2014 but this is negotiable. 


Applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, research projects, conference participation and details of three contactable referees and should be sent as soon as possible to: Prof. Christa van der Walt, Department of Curriculum Studies, Stellenbosch University, Room 3015 Education Building, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600; Fax: +27 21 808 2295; e-mail: The closing date for applications is 22 November 2013. The successful applicant will be subject to University policies and procedures. 

Interested applicants are most welcome to contact Professor Christa van der Walt at the above e-mail address for further details & discussion regarding the project.