Call for Papers

40th Annual International TESOL France Colloquium

November 19th, 2021 (evening)
November 20th, 2021 (all day) and
November 21st, 2021 (morning and early afternoon)

TBA, Greater Paris Area
Important information concerning the coronavirus situation in France:  At the moment, we cannot confirm whether this conference will be in-person, hybrid, or completely online.  However, the TESOL France Executive Committee has made the decision that if the situation for organizing in-person events in France is still unclear by the end of June that we will make it an online conference.  In order for us to organize an in-person conference, we would need 100% complete assurance that we would not have any issues moving forward with our event.  
Nonetheless, we still encourage you all to submit a proposal to speak at our conference!  Just because you submit doesn't mean that your hands are tied.  Submitting just means that your speaker proposal will be included in the selection process.  You can see the details in the timeline and selection procedure below.
  1. The deadline for submitting speaker and poster proposals is May 31st 2021, midnight. 
  2. After this date, a review of all abstracts and summaries will be carried out by a designated committee composed of members who are familiar with the preferences of TESOL France conference-goers. The committee reserves the right to reject any proposal that does not follow the guidelines detailed above.
  3. Prospective speakers and poster presenters will be notified around the end of June 2021.  The preliminary schedule of the event will be posted on our website by mid-September 2020.
  4. If accepted, speakers and poster presenters are kindly asked to register for the conference using the separate Online Registration Form. Submitting a proposal does not mean you have registered for the event. Not paying or registering online for the event could result in a speaker losing their presentation slot.
  5. Should you require a letter of invitation, you will need to file the request in the application form below. Be sure to include your full name as you would like it to appear on the letter, complete address and presentation title (if applicable). Letters of invitation not requested via the form below may result in delays.  
Call for Proposals Information

Please take a moment to read the following information before submitting your proposal.

Based on previous conference feedback, we encourage speakers to use interactive formats that engage the audience and focus on specific, practical classroom techniques, or applicable research ideas. In this Call for Proposals, we welcome proposals that include suggestions, models, or success stories from today's classroom and beyond. Not only do we wish to explore ELT in France but also the world of ELT as a whole. Our goal is to open the way for in-depth discussions, debates, and classroom enlightenment.
Welcomed ELT fields are:  
  • Adult Learners
  • Young learners
  • Young Adult Learners
  • French Learners of English
  • Higher Education
  • Business English
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Teacher Training and Development
  • Reflective Practices
  • Language Testing
  • Corpus in the Classroom
  • Drama Techniques Development
  • French New Educational Reforms
  • Digital Learning and Technologies 
  • Content & Language-Integrated Approaches 
  • Humor in the Classroom
  • Listening Skills
  • Reading Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Speaking Skills
  • Grammar and Vocabulary 
  • Pronunciation/intonation
  • Materials Design and Publishing
  • Multilevel classrooms
  • Cultural and Intercultural issues
  • Classroom Management
  • Working conditions
  • Dogme in the Classroom
  • Project and task based Learning
  • Evaluation/ Assessment 
  • Materials Development & Publishing  
  • Language Learning & Literacies 
An important note on commercial presentations:
The Proposal Committee and participants at TESOL France conferences are particularly sensitive to the distinction between commercial and practical presentations and very much prefer the latter. If the committee feels your talk is too commercial they may choose to turn it down or ask for it to be modified. A commercial presentation is designed to promote a particular product or service, such as a (course)book, publisher, author, school, test, training establishment etc. Please indicate what service or product you are endorsing and it will be taken into consideration.

Talks can take place in English or in French.

Choose a clear title for your talk:
Past conferences have shown that many attendees choose the talks they wish to attend based on the title alone. Therefore we encourage you to submit a short title that states the main idea of your presentation and is 100% clear for the conference goer. For example: Role Plays: A rehearsal for Real Life

Submit a clear, concise and well-written abstract and summary:
The purpose of the abstract and summary is to inform the proposals committee and conference goers the main objectives of your talk. The committee reserves the right to reject abstracts and summaries that are vague, unclear, try to cover too much in a 1-hour session, poorly written and/or contain typographical errors.

Be very careful not to mention your name or your affiliation in the abstract or summary.
The Selection Process will be carried out entirely blind. The committee receives only the titles, abstracts and summaries. The name and bio of the speaker is left out of the selection process.

The committee also reserves the right to request that your title and/or abstract be modified.

Your 100-word abstract will appear in the Colloquium Program and it is on the basis of this abstract that delegates will choose whether they wish to attend your session or come to view your poster. It should therefore accurately reflect the content of your presentation. Abstracts cannot be more than 100 words in length.

The summary:
All proposers are required to submit a 150 word max summary. Proposers should outline exactly what you are going to talk about in the session and how the session will be structured. The summary will be read by the Proposals Committee as a basis for selection. The summaries will not appear in the Colloquium Program.
Important: The online form is designed to refuse the submission of any abstract or summary that is longer than the requirements (500 characters max). Please note that extra spaces can be counted as words.

Presenting a poster instead of a talk: If we receive more proposals than we have space for, the committee may invite the speaker to give a poster presentation instead. The topic on which we receive the most abstracts has been Technology. 
  • Poster presenters are kindly asked to bring their own laptops, extra batteries for power, poster and handouts.
  • Due to constraints at the venue, we cannot provide a power outlet for your computer or a portable projector. If your poster involves showing delegates' websites, we strongly recommend you bring screenshots of those sites so you can show them offline. Please bring your own speakers if your poster includes sound. We can provide poster presenters with wall space, tape, thumbtacks, Blutack, and a table.
  • There will be a Best Poster Competition during the conference. The winner will be announced during the Closing Ceremony.

TESOL France intends to publish the conference proceedings (or selected papers)  in its magazine, Teaching Times, spread over its three 2020-21 issues. 
Speakers and poster presenters are, therefore, invited to submit a 300-1500 word paper highlighting the key aspects of their talk by October 1st, 2021.

Financial information:
The conference fee is waived for all TESOL France members, however TESOL France is unable to offer financial assistance related to travel or accommodation. We are sorry, but no scholarships are available.

Logistical Information:
  • Talks will be scheduled to last 60 minutes each. Please be sure your talk starts and finishes on time.
  • Delegates are encouraged to enter a talk even if it has already started.
  • Please bring your laptop (PC or Mac). Due to technical constraints at the venue, we are unable to provide computers in the rooms.
  • Each room is equipped with a projector, speakers, etc.)
  • Please bring your own photocopies. A photocopier is not available at the venue.

Our previous conferences have had a schedule similar to the one below.  It is not certain that we will be using the exact same schedule, but we are leaving it here so that you have a better idea of what to expect in terms of the timing. 

Preliminary Conference Times (example)
Friday  19 November 17:00 to 18.00 Opening Plenary
Friday 19 November 18:15 to 19.15 5+ Conference Talks
Friday 19 November 19.15 to 20.15 Evening event and stands
Saturday 20 November 9.00 to 18.30 20+ Conference Talks and 2 Plenary Sessions
Saturday 20 November 18.30 to 19.30 Reception, Poster session, Visiting stands
Saturday 20 November 19:30 to 21.30 Evening event
Sunday 21 November 9:30 to 16:00 20+ Conference Talks, 1 Closing Plenary and a Prize Draw including Best Poster Announcement
To submit your abstract for the Colloquium, please fill out the Call for Papers online form.

Prospective Speakers and Poster Session Presenters are kindly asked to fill out separate forms.

The conference fee (or membership fee) includes welcome reception, registration, access to plenary and parallel sessions, various educational documents and gifts, coffee breaks, cocktail party (Saturday evening), etc. 

Fill out the Call for Papers for Speakers and Posters form below

Download TESOL France Colloquium Call for Paper guidelines

To stay up-to-date on conference news, we recommend you keep an eye on our website or our TESOL France Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Call for papers now closed. Thank you for your participation!

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