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We invite contributions in the form of paper presentations or posters on any of the

above topics (but not restricted to them). Please submit your proposal in EN, DE or FR,
saved as Word.doc, .docx, or .rtf, attached to an email to aelfe2015@gmail.com, by 15
March 2015, Paper presentations will consist of a 20-minute talk followed by 10
minutes for questions and discussion. Especially welcome will be paper submissions
presenting research (either complete or in progress) related to the conference topics.
In addition, they should be interesting and academically of good quality.
Poster abstracts are particularly welcome if they report on innovative research and/or
on projects relevant to at least one of the conference topics.
The Proposal should include:

the title of the paper / poster

the name(s) of the author(s), their affiliation and contact details (postal and
email address)

the Abstract (300 words)

the Speakers Biodata (max. 50 words).

In addition, please indicate:

whether it is a proposal for a paper presentation or a poster

the language of the presentation (EN, FR or DE)

the thematic strand it would fit best.

Abstracts should include a brief outline of the research/project context and clearly
indicate the objectives, method(s) and results. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the
conference programme committee and AELFE panel coordinators. Publication
opportunities: in peer-reviewed outlets, such as the volume with conference

proceedings in the series Languages for Specific Purposes and Teacher Development
(ISSN 22851623) or in a special issue of the double-blind peer-reviewed journal
Synergy (www.synergy.ase.ro ). Participants interested in displaying copies of their
work (books, teaching resources) or project materials should contact the organisers at
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2015
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2015
Deadline for early-bird registration: 15 May 2015
Registration deadline to guarantee inclusion in the conference programme: 1
June 2015
Details on AELFE membership at www.aelfe.org or send a message to info@aelfe.org.
Details on QUEST membership at www.quest.ro or send a message to
More details on social activities and accommodation will be announced soon.
For all conference matters please contact: aelfe2015@gmail.com

14th International AELFE Conference co-organised with

QUEST Romania and ASE Bucharest
Developments in professional/academic communication and
implications for language education and research
In the context of growing professional and academic mobility, in parallel with the trend
towards the internationalization of Higher Education and emerging new channels for
academic and research communication, education and research in the field of
languages for professional and academic purposes have acquired new roles. This
international conference, jointly organised by AELFE (the European Association of
Languages for Specific Purposes), the Romanian Association for Quality Language
Services QUEST and the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), aims to bring
together researchers, academics, language professionals, educational policy makers, as

well as academics and experts in other domains, to discuss the current developments
of professional/academic communication and their implications for language education
and research, and education/language policies and planning.
Thematic strands:
1. Research in the field of languages for professional and academic purposes
2. Language and culture learning for better professional and academic performance in
a global context
3. Innovative practices in LSP teaching and learning
4. English / French / German as media of instruction and academic communication:
challenges and opportunities of internationalisation
5. Revisiting teacher competencies and professional development
6. The Quality dimension of language education and language planning in Higher
Education / Adult Education
7. Translation studies interconnections between research, the relevance of academic
programmes, and performance quality.
Conference languages: English, French, German
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Maurizio Gotti (University of Bergamo, Italy)
Christine Feak (University of Michigan, USA)
Karen Bennett (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Nigel Harwood (University of Sheffield, UK)
Richard Rossner (International Association Eaquals, UK)