About the Seminar

The seminar will be held at the University of Oxford Department of Education on August 23rd and 24th, 2018.

In this digital age, there are more opportunities for informal second language learning to take place than ever before: Language learners can engage with their target language through social media, video games, films and television, music, and many other media. This two-day seminar will bring together researchers and teacher education practitioners to engage in critical and collaborative dialogue about the implications that research on informal second language learning — despite focusing on out-of-classroom practices — has for the teaching of second and foreign languages in general (and English in particular) in schools and universities. We hope to encourage future research in this area to consider more explicitly practice oriented approaches.

The programme features presentations by four keynote speakers, who are experts in the field of informal second language learning, as well as an interactive workshop, a panel discussion, and breakout discussion groups. In the interest of promoting as much active discussion as possible among the participants, there are no additional slots for paper presentations. However, all delegates are encouraged to share and discuss their work during the poster session on the second day!

This seminar is sponsored by the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and Cambridge University Press.

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