IALLT 2021 Call for Proposals

Virtual Conference
June 16-18, 2021

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 22, 2021. – EXTENDED to February 5, 2021.

The International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2021 Virtual IALLT Conference. IALLT is a professional organization devoted to the advancement of instructional technology in the teaching and learning of languages, literatures, and cultures. The biennial IALLT conference attracts participants from around the world and offers an international perspective on the future of technology in language learning. This conference will be of particular interest to K-16 language instructors, to staff affiliated with media centers and language resource centers, and to developers and vendors of hardware and software applicable to language learning.

The 2021 conference, initially planned to be held in New Orleans, will instead be held in your living room (or office, or poolside…wherever you choose). While we will all miss being together in person, the uncertainty of safe travel as well as the restriction of educational funding led to the decision to host a virtual conference. Instead of focusing on our disappointment of not being able to gather in person, we choose to direct our focus on opportunities that hosting a virtual conference will afford; trying out different presentation formats, bringing in participants who may not normally be able to attend the conference (including our international colleagues), learning about each other’s extraordinary experiences, finding solidarity in our struggles and frustrations, and networking with our colleagues.

The 2021 conference theme is: Resilience, Transformation, and Beyond.

Resilience has been indispensable in overcoming extreme challenges in the past academic year. The move to the online/remote teaching environment has forced us to carefully examine what we do, how we do it, and most importantly why we do it. Technology’s critical role in education should not be, but sometimes is, read as oppositional to the humanistic values of language teaching and learning, including those of in-person instruction, relationship building, and the formation of community. This leads us to an interesting future, examining how these challenges guide us to transform our teaching, our professional networks, and ourselves.


We invite you to submit a proposal to share your experiences and ideas around this theme. While no technology conference is complete without demonstrations of the latest gadgets, software, and digital resources, the range of proposals being sought is quite broad. Presenters are welcome to propose more than one session. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative Practices in K-12 Language and Cultural Learning
  • New Frameworks for Distance Education and Telecollaboration
  • Remote, Hyflex, and Web-Based Language Learning
  • Mobile Language Learning
  • Language Learning and Communities Outside the Classroom
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Identities in Language Programs
  • Accessibility/Universal Design
  • Technologies and Social Networks for Language Learning
  • Best Practices in Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Environments, and Gaming in Language Learning
  • Evolving Roles of Language Centers and Programs
  • Language Technology Center Administration
  • Professional Development Solutions and Challenges
  • Ownership, Publication, and Use in Technological Environments
  • Legal Issues of Student Privacy and ADA Compliance


Please consider proposing a presentation of the following types:

  • 50-minute panel presentation (synchronous, live session)
  • 15-minute presentation (asynchronous presentation/live Q&A)
  • Digital Poster presentation (synchronous)

Panels (synchronous, live session) bring together participants working separately but in an area of common concern. Panelists should include a mix of individuals working in areas of research, theory, and practice. In order to allow time for audience questions and interaction, panels should include no more than three members. Panels will be scheduled as synchronous sessions.

Presentations (asynchronous presentation/video, with an additional synchronous component scheduled for Q&A or discussion) highlight the work of individuals and small teams. Presentations should be focused on praxis (practice informed by theory), and might include a description/demonstration of a proposed solution to a problem, action research. Presenters will provide a videorecording of the presentation to be delivered asynchronously, and a synchronous session for Q&A will also be scheduled.

Digital Poster presentations (synchronous) are intended to be highly interactive, with the opportunity for the presenter to exchange ideas one-on-one or in small groups with attendees. Special conference sessions will be set aside for presenters to explain their work and to answer questions. Be prepared to showcase/present your content (~5-10 minutes) via Zoom and answer attendees questions (~5 min). You will be able to share content digitally by sharing your screen while you present and/or prepare a digital poster/handout for downloading. Sessions will last for 1 hour as people move between poster presentation “rooms”.


Questions regarding the program, proposals, or the submission process can be sent to the Program Chair, Julie Evershed (


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