The Young Language Learners (YLL) Symposium 2016

Convener: Professor Victoria Murphy

The Department of Education, University of Oxford is very pleased to announce the second international conference on Young Language Learners (YLL) 2016.

As part of the AILA REN on Early Language Learning, we would like to welcome you to join us in the city of the ‘dreaming spires’ for a meeting on issues surrounding YLLs in July 2016.  The conference will focus on early second and foreign language learning in school contexts (pre-primary and primary), covering different bilingual and L2/FL provision in school contexts across the globe.  This symposium will provide opportunities for colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds (e.g., researchers, teachers, policy makers) to establish links and help expand the work in this important area of language development.

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Plenary Speakers:

Professor Kathy Sylva, University of Oxford
“Supporting bilingual learners in English speaking pre-schools”

Professor Carmen Muñoz, University of Barcelona
“Exposure effects on young learners’ foreign language learning”

Professor Janet Enever, University of Umea
“Looking beyond the local: equity as a global concern in early language learning”

Professor Nina Spada, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
“Questions about instructional time and instructional content in early second/foreign language learning”

Dates: July 6th – 8th, 2016

Venue: Department of Education, University of Oxford, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PY, UK

Conference Programme

We will be uploading the Conference Programme in due course.  In the meantime, please note that the conference will be open on Wednesday July 6th at 8:30am for registration and the conference will begin at 9.30.  The conference will close on Friday July 8th at 3.00pm.


We are sorry but Registration for this event is now closed.  We have had to close registration earlier than anticipated due to the fact that all the places have now been booked.


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