Call for Abstracts


Closing date of Abstract Submission – Friday 30 March 2018
Notification of Acceptance - Monday 27 April 2018

The CLESOL 2018 conference is a platform for connecting conversation and actions about teaching & learning languages, equity, and diversity as they impact at family, community, professional and policy levels.

We invite abstracts reflecting the theme of the conference, Transforming our Landscape, chosen for language users and teachers to reflect on shifting perspectives in:

•    the diversity of language use in society
•    language learning, teaching and teacher training
•    social and educational policy decisions which affect us

Double-blind review - The paper selection will follow a double-blind review process, meaning that both the authors and reviewers will remain anonymous during the paper selection process.


As part of the submission process, you will be asked, which category your abstract best fits within:

 Language use in society
•    Bilingualism/multilingualism
•    Community languages
•    Te Reo/ Maori language learning and teaching
•    Integration
•    Sociolinguistics
•    Globalisation
•    International students, immigrants, and refugees

Language learning, teaching, and teacher training
•    Language skills
    - Writing
    - Reading
    - Listening
    - Speaking/pronunciation
•    Language systems
    - Vocabulary
    - Grammar   
•    Language teaching/learning approaches
     - Autonomous learning
     - CLIL (integrated language and content teaching)
    - Other
•    Technology and language learning/teaching
    - CALL (computer assisted language learning)
    - Other
•    Teacher training
•    Management
•    Assessment and Evaluation
•    Language advising

Social and educational policy
•    Language Policy
•    Immigration
•    National curriculum

Presentation Types

Oral presentation
This is a traditional presentation, which may be supported with audio visual aids. Oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

This is an activity-based interactive session. It may be supported with visual materials, activities and handouts. Workshops will be allocated 55 minutes.

Informal exchange
Presenters deliver content in an informal and interactive exchange, inviting conversation with the delegates within a 25-minute timeframe. In keeping with the conversation theme, no PowerPoint or audio-visual aids will be used in this presentation type. (printed material can be provided). Presenters may be asked to deliver their content more than once with different sets of delegates.

Pechakucha is a style of presentation where participants are given six minutes and 40 seconds to speak on a subject accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 20 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced.

Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g.: photos, charts, graphs, tables). If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you have to make the poster prior to the conference, i.e. the conference will NOT print the poster for you. Poster Guidelines will be provided at time of acceptance.

Brilliant idea
This is an invitation to teachers to provide a snappy presentation on a teaching idea they would like to share. It can be something innovative they have invented, a new twist on the tried and true, or a technique from the past whose time has come to be resurrected. Brilliant ideas are strictly limited to 5 minutes.

Format for Abstracts

Title – In bold
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Author(s) first and last names (please also identify the presenting author/s in bold), with superscript number referring to the Origin of the author(s) in the next lines
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Origin (Organisation, City and Country (if outside of New Zealand)
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Insert Abstract Text

  • Microsoft Word document
  • File named with the following format: SMITH_Linda.docx
  • Arial, 12 point
  • Maximum of 250 words
  • Single spacing without justified margins

Click here to see an example of an abstract.


You will be required to upload a short biography (maximum of 50 words) on every presenting author, during the online submission process.

Criteria for Evaluating Abstracts

All abstracts are subject to review by the Programme Committee. In evaluating the abstract the reviewers will be mindful of the following criteria:

  • Abstracts are in plain language, free of specialist jargon, unless it is clearly appropriate
  • The degree to which the substance for the abstract contributes to the conference theme(s)
  • Innovation and originality or application of existing ideas in a way that provides new insights and progress in the field, with practical take-home learnings

Conditions of Submission

  • Late submissions will not be accepted.  
  • The Programme Committee will review all abstracts and may contact authors or their nominated referees as part of the review process.
  • A condition of acceptance is that at least one author presents at the conference.
  • Presenters must register to attend for at least a day of the conference. They are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and registration expenses. Similarly, no speaker fee is paid to authors or presenters. By submitting an abstract you also grant the Committee permission to publish the abstract in the Conference proceedings in hard copy and/or electronic format.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure the accuracy of the content, spelling, grammar and formatting of the abstract, as it will be published as it is submitted.

Post conference, your final presentation will be uploaded to the conference website (with a privacy setting), allowing only conference delegates to view for a period of three months.  If you would prefer your presentation to not be uploaded, please advise the conference managers via email -    

If you have trouble submitting your abstract, please contact the conference managers on
03 332 4537 or email your submission to