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Conference dates: 7-8 September 2023

Conference Venue: Altınbaş University School of Foreign Languages, Mahmutbey Campus, Bagcilar, Istanbul, Turkey

Call for Papers

Dear language teachers, researchers, postgraduate students, and TESOL professionals

We are pleased to announce the organisation of a truly international conference on TESOL with the major theme: Best Practices in Second Language Education. The conference scientific board is made of leaders and key figures in L2 education from around the world and the confirmed plenary speakers are themselves pioneers in the field. We are very excited about this major TESOL event in the region and invite you to join us as a speaker or as a participant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Türkiye.

Contributions are invited for 20-minute oral presentations (as well as poster presentations) or 45-minute workshop on a wide range of topics related to the theory and practice of second language education, SLA, TESOL and applied linguistics. This will also be a great opportunity for you to meet and catch up with some of the pioneers in the field, your fellow researchers and practitioners working in different parts of the world, as well as visiting the historical and attractive city of Istanbul.

We are in particular interested in learning more about documented and research-based practices in second language education/acquisition in one or more of the following areas:

✅ Innovative L2 Teaching Methods

✅ New Approaches to Teaching Language Skills/Sub-skills

✅ Digital Tools/Techniques in Language Education



✅ L2 Assessment

✅ L2 Teacher Education and Professional Practice

✅ Teaching Literature/Translation/ICC

✅ Practitioner-based Research Methods

✅ Any Topic of Interest to L2 Learners/Learning, Teachers/Teaching, and Assessors/Assessing

Submission Guidelines

Abstract proposals can be submitted for consideration by the Conference Scientific Committee. An abstract of 200 words (max) can be submitted for evaluation. The abstract (if based on an empirical study) should include research aims, a summary of method, findings and practical implications. Non-research-based abstracts should clearly indicate implications for practice.  After evaluation, abstracts will be accepted for oral or poster presentation. Each author can submit up to 3 abstracts or be a co-author in up to 3 abstracts. All communications will be made with the corresponding author, who will need to inform his/her colleagues about further steps and procedures. The deadline for abstract submission is 1 June 2023.

Accepted proposals will be published in a Conference Abstracts Book in the form of a DVD and will be published online at the Conference Website.

  • Language of Presentation: English
Honorary Conference Chair
• Çağrı Erhan, Rector
Honorary Organising Committee​
• Ali Altınbaş, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
• Ali Argun Karacabey, Vice Rector
• Cemal İbiş, Vice Rector  
Conference Chair

• Merve Selçuk, Director of School of Foreign Languages

Head of Organising Committee
• Turgut Turunç
Organising Committee Members
  • Merve Selçuk
  • Karim Sadeghi
  • Altan Özcan
  • Aybike Aşkın
  • Birgül Apaydın Eyiakkan
    • Deniz Emrah Baykal
    • Gamze Tankır
  • Kevser Yılmaz
  • Scientific Committee

    Surname, NameUniversityCountry
    ★ Akbarian, Is'haaq University of QomIran
    ★ Atay, Derin Bahçeşehir University Türkiye
    ★ Akyel, Ayşe Yeditepe University Türkiye
    ★ Azabdaftari, Behrooz Tabriz UniversityIran
    ★ Bailey, Kathleen Middlebury Institute of International Studies USA
    ★ Benati, Alessandro University College Dublin Ireland
    ★ Burns, Anne University of New South WalesAustralia
    ★ Byram, Michael Durham University UK
    ★ Cook, Guy King's College London UK
    ★ Coombe, Christine Higher Colleges of Technology UAE
    ★ De Costa, Peter Michigan State University USA
    ★ Derakhshan, Ali Golestan University Iran
    ★ Dooly, Melinda University of Barcelona Spain
    ★ Douglas, Dan Iowa State University USA
    ★ Duff, Patricia University of British Colombia Canada
    ★ Elmas, Belgin TED University Türkiye
    ★ Eveyik Aydın, Evrim Yeditepe University Türkiye
    ★ Farr, Fiona University of Limerick Ireland
    ★ Farrell, Thomas Brock UniversityCanada
    ★ Flynn, SuzanneMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA
    ★ Gass, Susan Michigan State University USA
    ★ Gebril, Atta American University of Cairo Egypt
    ★ Genç, Ece Yeditepe University Türkiye
    ★ Ghonsooly, Behzad Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Iran
    ★ Greenier, Vincent University of Aberdeen UK
    ★ Hatipoğlu, Çiler Middle East Technical University Türkiye
    ★ Hyland, Ken University of East Anglia UK
    ★ İnal, DilekCerrahpaşa University Türkiye
    ★ Işık, Ali FreelancerTürkiye
    ★ Kang, Okim Northern Arizona UniversityUSA
    ★ Keshavarz, Mohammad Hossein Girne American University North Cyprus
    ★ Köksal, Dinçay Çanakkale University Türkiye
    ★ Kurt Tiftik, Gökçe Marmara University Türkiye
    ★ Lam, RickyHong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong
    ★ Lamb, Terry University of Westwinister UK
    ★ Lantolf, James Pensilvania State University USA
    ★ Li, Shaofeng Florida State University USA
    ★ Liontas, John University of South Florida USA
    ★ Manchon, Rosa University of Murcia Spain
    ★ Omar, Lamis Dhofar University Oman
    ★ Ortega, Lourdes Georgetown University USA
    ★ Özbek Gürbüz, Nurdan Middle East Technical University Türkiye
    ★ Pishgadam, Reza Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Iran
    ★ Riazi, Mehdi Hamad Bin Khalifa University Qatar
    ★ Richards, Jack University of Sydney Australia
    ★ Salahshoor, Farzad Shahid Madani University of Azarbayjan Iran
    ★ Salih, Abdelrahman Dhofar University Oman
    ★ Sarnou, Hanane University of Mostaganem Algeria
    ★ Savaşçı, Merve Sakarya University Türkiye
    ★ Shin, Sun-Young Indiana University USA
    ★ Soodmand Afshar, HasanBu Ali Sina UniversityIran
    ★ Staub, Donald Izmir Economy University Türkiye
    ★ Stockwell, Glenn Waseda University Japan
    ★ Takeuchi, Osamu Kansai University Japan
    ★ Thomas, Michael Liverpool John Moores University UK
    ★ Verspoor, Marjolijn University of Groningen Netherlands
    ★ Viana, Vander University of Edinburgh UK
    ★ Webb, Stuart University of Western Ontario Canada
    ★ Wyatt, Mark Khalifa University of Science and Technology UAE
    ★ Yazan, Bedrettin UTSA USA
    ★ Yeo, Marie RELC Singapore
    ★ Yüksel, Gülrü Yıldız Technical University Türkiye
    ★ Zhang, Lawrence University of Auckland New Zealand

    Key Dates

    Conference Call
    20 March 2023
    Extended Abstract Submission Deadline
    1 June 2023
    Acceptance/Rejection Decision
    15 June 2023
    Extended Registration Deadline for Participants
    25 August 2023
    Conference Dates
    7-8 September 2023