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Young L2 learners and Games Conference

Young L2 Learners and Games


We are happy to announce a two-day online conference (31 March - 1 April 2023) organised by the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, entitled Young L2 learners and Games."


The idea for this conference grew out of a funded British Council Project (grant number ELTTRP 2019) entitled Language learning ‘in the wild’: Implications of children’s playing of online games in English for their language learning. In this project we explored children’s L2 gaming experiences in six countries:

  • Chile
  • Hungary
  • China
  • India
  • UK 

In addition to gaming in the wild, the conference theme will cover games and play activities of kinds that children enjoy engaging in/with. The aim of the conference is to understand better how children benefit in terms of linguistic gains but also in other domains, whether it is spontaneous play, teacher-led game-like activities, or playing electronic games alone or with peers inside or outside L2 classrooms.

A central event of the conference will be a symposium offered by the participating researchers in this project. The symposium will be 2 hours long.

Book discount by Multilingual Matters

Book discount: Multilingual Matters, a proud sponsor of the conference, will offer a discount for some books from their "Early Language Learning in School Contexts" series. Details about their book series can be found hereLink opens in a new window.

Conference Details

Dates: 31 March - 1 April, 2023

Venue: Online (Zoom)


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Please, register to receive the link to attend the conference.


Call for Papers

The deadline for submissions is 7 February, 2023.

Find more details and submit your paper hereLink opens in a new window. 

Keynote Speakers

Yuko Butler, Professor at Educational Linguistics Division and Director of TESOL, Penn GSE.

Pia Sundqvist, Associate Professor of English Language Education, University of Oslo.

See full programme hereLink opens in a new window.

Get in touch

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The project has been funded by the British Council

The conference is kindly supported by Multilingual MattersLink opens in a new window