Al Akhawayn University


The University of the Free State

are organising
a conference on:
Second Language Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

The Arabic Unit at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and the Office for International Affairs at the University of the Free State in South Africa are pleased to invite professionals and academic researchers in the field of second language teaching to participate in an international conference scheduled for 23-25 May 2024, with the title Second Language Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century".

The purpose of this conference is to serve as a platform to showcase the latest advances and best practices in the use of 21st-Century skills, corpus linguistics, digital humanities, and AI technologies in second language instruction. It will allow participants to exchange ideas, share experiences, and collaborate on designing effective strategies and curricula for enhancing second language learning and instruction.

This event will bring together professionals, teachers, academics, policy makers, and curriculum developers to explore innovative techniques that promote independent language learning and equip students with essential 21st-Century skills. The conference will provide a platform to discuss key issues related to the teaching of second languages in the 21st Century. We will explore field research, share best practices, and collaborate on developing new curricula that address the evolving needs of language learners. Attendees can expect a variety of engaging sessions, including individual oral and poster presentations, workshops, panels, round-table discussions, and a world café.

  • Important matters for deliberation:
    • What the needs of second language learners are to succeed in the 21st Century.
    • How second language curricula align with the skills of the 21st Century.
    • What content should be taught and how can it be taught.
    • What the effects of Aritifcial Intelligence (AI) are on the future of language teaching.
    • How students of languages can be motivated to continue learning languages on their own and use them in the field of scientific research/or in academia/or in content courses.
    • Consideration of language skills and multilingualism as a soft power.
    • The use of technology as part of the digital humanities methodology in the teaching and learning of second languages.
    • The relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the teaching of second languages. (How to integrate them into our pedagogy; linking students with the communities in which they learn, etc).
    • Do the efforts put into second language teaching have the desired effects on international relations and cultural exchanges.
    • Rethinking our strategies for second language teaching, considering the advances of AI on all fronts.
    • The role of indigenous languages in language education.
  • Conference strands: (Read More)
    • Integrating Technology in Language Education:

      • Digital tools and resources for language learning
      • Online language learning platforms and applications
      • Gamification and game-based learning in second language acquisition
      • Blended learning approaches in language classrooms
    • Developing Communication and Collaboration Skills:

      • Promoting oral and written proficiency in second language classrooms
      • Fostering effective communication and interaction in the target language
      • Collaborative projects and group work for language learners
      • Enhancing intercultural competence through communication
    • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving in Language Learning:

      • Implementing inquiry-based learning in language classrooms
      • Developing critical thinking skills through language instruction
      • Problem-solving activities and tasks in the second language
      • Authentic and real-world contexts for language learning
    • Creativity and Innovation in Language Education:

      • Promoting creativity in language classrooms
      • Encouraging originality and innovation in language learning
      • Incorporating arts and creative activities in second language instruction
      • Cultivating imaginative thinking in the target language
    • Global Citizenship and Cultural Competence:

      • Cultivating global citizenship through language learning
      • Developing intercultural competence in second language learners
      • Teaching cultural awareness and sensitivity in language education
      • Addressing social justice issues through language instruction
      • The value of multilingualism in the 21st century
    • Assessing 21st Century Skills in Language Education:

      • Innovative assessment methods for language proficiency and skills
      • Assessing communication, collaboration, and critical thinking in language learning
      • Using technology for formative and summative assessments
      • Authentic and performance-based assessment approaches
    • Professional Development for Language Educators:

      • Enhancing teacher competence in integrating 21st-century skills
      • Professional learning communities for language educators
      • Effective strategies for teacher training and support
      • Reflective practices and continuous professional development

Save the dates:

Event Type Deadline Event Date
Last Date for Abstract Submission Registration for Presentation Junuary 15, 2023
Abstract Review Results February 15, 2023
Last Date for Full Paper Submission April 5, 2024
Last date to Register Registration for Attendance April 30, 2024
Conference Conference Dates May 23-25, 2024

We are considering various opportunities for publication, including in reputable and indexed journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings, or an edited book. Further details will be provided in due course.

Languages of the Conference: English and Arabic

Guidelines for submission of abstracts:

We invite submissions of abstracts related to the conference strands mentioned above. Share your latest advances and best practices in the use of 21st-Century skills, corpus linguistics, digital humanities, and AI technologies in second language instruction. Together, we will exchange ideas, share experiences, and collaborate on designing effective strategies and curricula for enhancing second language instruction. To ensure consistency, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Title: Clearly indicate the title of your paper (English or Arabic only).
  • Extended Abstract in English or Arabic (in Arabic if the final paper is in Arabic) : 500 words.
  • Paper content: Should reflect both theoretical and practical aspects of the topic you will be discussing in your paper.

We look forward to your participation and contributions to this important conference on teaching second languages in the 21st century.

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Limited Audience Seats

40 Speakers
40 + Seats
3 days event

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