Plenary speakers

Daniel Perrin is Professor of Media Linguistics, Director at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics AILA, as well as Editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and the de Gruyter Handbook of Applied Linguistics series. His areas of research are media linguistics, methodology of applied linguistics, text production research, and analysis of language use in professional communication. Daniel Perrin worked as a journalist and writing coach before his academic career and is still engaged in training and coaching media and communication professionals. His lecture at the symposium is entitled: Applied linguistics in a globalizing world. The case of professional writing and the digital literacy shift. During the symposium, Professor Perrin will also lead a workshop on the art of communication to the general public in applied linguistics.

Françoise Blin is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies in Dublin City University (Ireland). She is the President of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) and the co-editor of ReCALL, published by Cambridge University Press (until August 2017). She has been teaching French and researching the use of technology in language teaching and learning for over 30 years. Her research interests include ecological approaches to Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), the applications of Cultural Historical Activity Theory to CALL research and development, and digital literacies for language teaching and learning. Professor Blin’s lecture at the symposium is entitled: Digital literacies for language teaching and learning: from theory to practice.

Heini-Marja Pakula
works as Professor of Foreign Language Didactics at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku. She is in charge of foreign language teacher education, its development and related research at the University of Turku and for an English teacher education project in Oman. Professor Pakula’s research interest include teacher development, teacher education, language learning, teaching and assessment, in particular plurilingualism and content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Her lecture (in Finnish) at the symposium is entitled Views on plurilingualism: multiliteracy in plurilingual education.



 Important dates

September 15, 2017
Deadline for proposals for presentations, posters and workshops

September 29, 2017
Announcements of acceptance 

October 13, 2017
Deadline for registration and payment

November 10 and 11, 2017
Symposium in Turku

20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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