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Teaching and learning languages in the shadow of lingua franca

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Masaryk University Language Centre

International conference

Teaching and learning languages in the shadow of lingua franca

15–16 November 2019, Brno, Czech Republic



A new lingua franca influences policies, teaching methods and learning processes in all languages. This conference aims to define current state, map dynamic changes and address new challenges in plurilingual teaching and learning in higher education. Together, we are going to look for, and hopefully find, ways that will help teachers enrich their teaching repertoires and learners their learning techniques effectively.


The themes discussed are:

  1. Languages and cultures in contact
  2. Learners and processes of learning
  3. Teachers, their roles and methods
  4. Evaluation and its challenges


Conference languages

French, German, Spanish, Russian and English as lingua franca.
Papers relating to any living language are greatly welcome.





General programme

Friday 15th November

8.00–9.00 Registration
9.00–10.50 Opening / Plenary session Nick Byrne
10.50–11.10 Coffee break
11.10–12.40 Oral presentation sessions
12.40–14.15 Lunch
14.15–15.45 Oral presentation sessions
15.45–16.15 Coffee break
16.15–17.15 Oral presentation sessions
19.30 Conference dinner

Saturday 16th November

10.00–11.00 Round table: Libor Štěpánek
11.00–11.15 Coffee break
11.15–12.45 Oral presentation sessions
12.45–14.15 Lunch
14.15–15.15 Oral presentation sessions
15.15–15.30 Coffee break
15.30–16.00 Closing


Download the programme in pdf here

Download the Book of Abstracts in pdf here


Keynote speaker: Nick Byrne

Nick Byrne is the former Director of the Language Centre at the London School of Economics. He has been active in teaching languages in higher education for over 25 years, has talked and written widely about management issues in language centres across Europe. He has been a board member of key language organisations, and now works as a freelance communications consultant in Berlin.



Link/QR code for the call for papers



Conference fees

Early bird: €85
Standard: €95


Brno Guide





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