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Dates and Location


Pre-conference workshops (Tuesday, 25th June 2014)

Postgraduate Conference (Wednesday, 26th June 2014)

University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Please note that the university is in Coventry, not in Warwick.

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Postgraduate Conference (Wednesday, 26th June 2014), keynote speakers:

"Motivation and the vision of knowing a second language"


Prof. Zoltán Dörnyei

(University of Nottingham)

Everybody who has ever taught or learnt a foreign/second language (L2) knows that motivation plays a vital role in language learning. But what exactly is ‘motivation’? And how can we use motivation theory for practical purposes? In this talk I will first briefly describe a new approach to the understanding of L2 motivation, the ‘L2 Motivational Self System’, whose key component is the ‘Ideal L2 Self’, which is the language facet of the vision-like representation of all the attributes that a person would like to possess. Then I will discuss the practical implications that this new conceptualization of motivation offers: it opens up a novel avenue for promoting student motivation by means of increasing the elaborateness and vividness of self-relevant imagery in the students. In the final part of the talk I will offer several practical techniques that language teachers can use to motivate learners by creating in them an attractive vision of second language mastery.


“Task design and learner engagement in a virtual learning environment”


Dr. Regine Hampel

(Open University)

Online tools such as forums, wikis and blogs lend themselves to learners negotiating meaning and co-constructing knowledge across space and time. However, not enough is known about how activities need to be designed to make best use of the possibilities of complex virtual learning environments (VLEs) to motivate and support learners, foster interaction, and contribute to knowledge construction. In my presentation I will introduce a model for task development based on Richards and Rodgers (2001), which takes into account the theoretical framing of the tasks, the pedagogical context, and the implementation in the classroom (Hampel 2006). I will then apply this model to the development of online activities in a distance language course using a Moodle-based VLE. I will focus in particular on the pedagogic design of the activities and the use that learners made of them. In the context of a two-year study, quantitative and qualitative data were collected, consisting of Moodle user logs, learner surveys and learner interviews. The findings in year 1 – which related to task type, tool preference, rates of active and passive participation, individual engagement and levels of e-literacy – informed the re-designing of activities in year 2. Further data were collected and I will conclude by showing the impact that these changes had on learner engagement.

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ESRC DTC Pre-Conference Workshops (Tuesday, 25th June 2014), leaders:


Dr. Annamaria Pinter

"Researching children: different ethical and methodological dilemmas"

Dr. Claudia Harsch

"The dual nature of tests: research instrument, and object of research" (PDF Document)

Dr Daniel Dauber

"Writing literature reviews: The 10 most frequently asked questions" (PDF Document)
 Keith Richards

Dr Keith Richards 

"The cognitive interview and critical incidents" (PDF Document)

Ms. Tilly Harrison

"An introduction to online corpus research tools" (click for more information)




EFL teachers’ roles in promoting students’ collaboration in online wiki collaborative writing activities



Maha Alghasab

(University of York)




Timi Hyacinth

(University of Warwick)


Reflecting for Specific Purposes: a study of Nigerian English language teachers



Thi Mai Huong Nguyen

(University of Nottingham)


Changing Attitudes to Peer Learning in Initial Teacher Education in Vietnam



Kalina Saraiva de Lima

(University of Southampton)


Working Together towards Enhancing ESL Teaching




Imen Ben Abda

(Higher Institute of Languages in Tunis)


Vowel clarity, Syllable structure and Speech rate as discriminating cues: Natural speech, F0 and Spectral inversion




Abdulqader Alyasin

(University of Warwick)


English Language Curriculum Innovation: Attitude, Practice and Challenges in Syria





Elizabeth Pinard

(Leeds Metropolitan University)

Phonological Representation in Course Materials: Whose English?


Charalampia Karagianni

(King’s College, London)


Teaching Greek as an additional language in the mainstream classroom: Case study of two secondary classrooms




Askat Tleuov

(University of Bath)



Oral instruction in EFL classrooms: A teacher and student cognition perspective


Erkan Kulekci

(University of Warwick)




Revisiting ‘authenticity’ in English language classrooms




Gianna Hessel

(Oxford University)




Changes in English language proficiency, learner self-concept and L2 use anxiety as outcomes of participation in the ERASMUS programme






Mirat al Fatima Ahsan

(University of Oxford)


Teacher Education and Teacher Change – Myth or Reality? Voices from Pakistan


Roy Wilson

(University of Warwick)


The Pearson Test of English: Academic (PTE Academic) and Student Performance at University




Ejovi Annmarie Emarievbe

(University of Sunderland)



The Weakest Link: Examining the Middleman Issue in an English Language Teacher Education Programme



Hanna Lee

(Leeds Metropolitan University)


The Korean EFL teachers' beliefs in relation to innovative English language teaching in Korea





Anqi Wang

(University of York)


A Study of the Correlation between Language Learning Motivation and Language Learning Strategies






Samaneh Zandian

(University of Warwick)

Young Learners in Iran and their Understanding of Intercultural Issues




Meilin Zhan

(University of Edinburgh)


Chinese Students’ English Names and English Native Speakers’ Interpretation





Mary Vigier

(University of Warwick)


Managing Interactive Processes in Multicultural Teams



Ani Hakobyan

(University of Oxford)


Willingness to Communicate across Cultures: understanding ‘Confucian confusions’



Jane Templeton

(Leeds Metropolitan University)


Size isn't everything: why small talk is not small fry




Irene Negri

(University of Warwick)


Home in progress: how and why to help refugees settle, integrate and be happy in the UK



Geraldine Bengsch

(University of York)


Intercultural Communication in Tourism: language use in international hotel check-ins



Lou Harvey

(University of Manchester)


Where fiction becomes reality: A narrative of language learning motivation





Panithiran Thuruvan, Charo Sani Nordin and Ch’ng Teik Peng

(University of Warwick)


‘We disagree!’ Pragmatics and Culture in the Teacher Training Classroom




Liyuan Wang

(Coventry University)


Small group discussion skills in university business seminar classes: a case study of a 2+1 degree programme at a British university




Zhen Hu

(Shanghai Second Polytechnic University)


Study on Developing Chinese college students' Pragmatic Competence in Intercultural Communication




Sophie Schieber

(University of Edinburgh)


Acquisition of prepositions by late second language learners: A psycholinguistic approach




Selvamalar Selvarajan

(Newcastle University)



Use of Authentic Video Clips and E-Learning in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition



Shuo Zhang

(University of Leicester)


Evaluation of English materials for English major students in the universities of China



Chamnan Para

(University of Bristol)


A washback study of Thai university entrance examination on English teachers and Grade 12 students





Hoi Yat Pun

(IOE, University of London)


“Hello, what is your motivation for investing in this symbolic capital?” – A case study of Hong Kong Adult L2 Learners



SuBeom Kwak

(University of York)


A thematic study of approaches of teaching writing in the us higher education



Vasiliki Sioziou

(University of Warwick)



Preparation of primary school students for the KET examinations: the Greek context


Important information

Dinner will be held on June 25th, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the restaurant 'Xananas'.

The abstract booklet (PDF Document)(printable) of the 16th Warwick International Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics


Printable programmes are now availble:

Pre-conference workshops(PDF Document) (June 25, 2013)

Conference(PDF Document) (June 26, 2013)