Forthcoming events


Primary Languages Policy: Step-change or stumbling block?

Join the debate - Webinar, 2nd July at 7.00pm.  Register now!


The tenth Essex Language Conference for Teachers will be held on Tuesday the 2nd of July, 9am to 4pm, at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus, North Teaching Centre. It promises a varied and interesting selection of talks and practical workshops including accents and identity, African languages, signed languages, re-learning a childhood language, and the “White Paper: Primary languages policy in England – the way forward”. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas. Attendance is free including refreshments, but booking essential for planning and catering. Programme.


The BAAL Linguistics and Knowledge about Language in Education (LKALE) Special Interest Group will be held on Friday July 5th, at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, hosted by the Applied Linguistics Research Group, Department of Education, University of Oxford. The theme this year will be ‘Developing Reading’.


You are warmly invited to the following EAL Conference: “Enhancing EAL support: opportunities and best practice”, to be held at the University of Leeds on Saturday 6th of July 2019, 09:00-17:15.

This conference brings together practitioners and researchers to explore ways of enhancing the support of EAL children.  The main themes are:

  • The Home Language as a source of transferable language competence
  • The use of drama and poetry to enhance language and confidence in EAL pupils
  • Barriers and opportunities to share and enhance best practice

Ample time for discussion and exchanges has been built into the schedule to make the event as interactive as possible and enable the co-creation of an agenda for future collaboration between practitioners and researchers.

Please see the EAL Children website for further information and to register. 

  • This EAL Conference is free, with lunch and refreshments provided.
  • CPD certificates will be issued to attendees.
  • Abstracts for each of the presentations can be found on the website.


Southampton University Primary Languages (SUPL)
Foreign Language Literacy in Primary Practice.
Friday 19th July 2019: 9.15 am to 4.30 pm

A FREE one-day event to find out more about FL literacy, creativity and challenge!

Three inspirational guest speakers:  Bernadette Holmes – Born Global, Dawn Alexander Joseph – Hackney Learning Trust – Primary Languages Coordinator and Clare Seccombe – Lightbulb Languages and FL practitioner.

You can also join workshops led by SUPL teachers exploring FL literacy practice: phonics, graded readers, authentic texts and writing.  All attendees are offered free access to an online French and Spanish resources bank. Lunch and afternoon tea are included.  Numbers limited.
For more information or to book a place, please email Alison Porter.
Read more about SUPL on our Teaching page


Foreign Language Education for Young Learners – 20-22 September 2019.
First Biennial Conference organized by Shanghai Centre for Research in English Language Education (SCRELE). The conference will be held at Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China. (further details published soon). See also new journal: Language Teaching for Young Learners (edited by SCRELE)