about the conference

                                                                 Teaching Foreign Languages                                                                                          and Addressing the Specific Needs of Higher Education Students:                              New Trends, Challenges, Recommendations

221Conference objective          

Student needs have changed in recent years and will continue to do so in the future in response to various factors such as social and cultural changes, advances in information technology, economic development and new trends in the European Union language policies. The conference aims to provide a forum for a discussion on specific needs of higher education students. Specific needs are referred to herein as an umbrella term that encompasses professional, social, and integration needs as well as needs arising from giftedness, disabilities or learning deficits. Effective language teaching requires understanding students’ specific traits and behaviours along with recognising students’ needs. This, then, will help language teachers to use optimal teaching solutions in order to meet their students’ expectations.

We plan to publish a double-blind reviewed monograph after the conference.


Thematic strands

Given the complexity of the above-mentioned issues, the discussion will be held around the following main thematic strands:

  • Language for Academic Purposes

Methods of teaching academic vocabulary; teaching reading, writing and listening skills for academic purposes; critical thinking; active participation in lectures and discussions; the specificity of academic language acquisition.

  • E-learning and new technologies261

Advantages and disadvantages; distance learning methods and techniques, e.g. Moodle.

  • Language for Specific Purposes

Methods of teaching specialised-context vocabulary; skills for reading and writing specialised-context texts; listening comprehension skills; project-based learning; the specificity of specialist language acquisition.

  • Students with special needs

The specific needs of disabled students; specific educational needs; insufficient academic skills.

  • Gifted language learners

Designing academic courses; managing students’ own studying; new teaching techniques; using authentic materials.

  • Language teacher’s role

Mediation; student motivation; using various teaching methods, new teaching techniques; authentic materials.

  • Interdisciplinary strands

The interdisciplinary nature of communication; CLIL; training in social skills; mediation skills; autonomous learning.


Forms of participation

There are three ways in which you can participate in the conference:

  1. Participation without a paper; (registration closed on 30.04.2016)
  2. Participation with a paper  – 20-min presentation; (registration closed on 31.05.2016)
  3. Organising a workshop  – 45-90 minutes. (registration closed on 31.05.2016)

361Conference venue

The University of Wrocław


Plenary lectures

We have invited well-known experts in the subject.


Panel discussions

There will be panel discussions for each thematic strand. These discussions will cover new trends and recommendations as well as ways in which we can improve the quality of teaching.


Workshops

Workshops will present practical solutions to challenges which academic teachers face and ways in which we can increase the quality of teaching.


Conference fee

The conference fee for each participant is 170 PLN (up to 30.04.2016), and 220 PLN thereafter. The final deadline for applications is 30.06.2016. The fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, banquet and one afternoon meal.

To pay the fee, please transfer the appropriate amount to this bank account number:

71 1090 2503 0000 0006 3000 0004.

In the transfer title, please write: Konferencja 7003/0004/16.


Language of the conference

The official language of conference is Polish. However, we plan to organise some sections in English. (You can submit your paper either in Polish or English.)


Applications

If you would like to present a paper or organise a workshop, please fill in the registration form on the conference website. You will be informed within 30 days as to whether your proposal has been accepted. Please only pay the fee after you have been accepted.


All participants will receive a certificate of participation.