Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning - Dubai 2018

The final submission deadline is rapidly approaching. Submit your abstract by December 8 and join us in Dubai for The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2018 (IICLLDubai2018), February 16–18.

***Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change"

Conference Sub-Theme: World Englishes in the MENA Region

This unique international conference, organised in affiliation with IAFOR Global Partners, offers the ideal location from which to consider a number of issues and trends in education. These include the different global Englishes, language distances and access, frictions between the preservation and challenging of traditional and cultures, languages and wisdoms, and how local societies are becoming the melting pots of different cultures, backgrounds and spoken Englishes. The population of the UAE, like the populations of other Arabian Gulf countries, is multicultural and rich in the difference one would expect from its geographical location at the heart of the Middle East. The region has been undergoing continuous development in academia, economics and trading, and is growing as a recognisable and influential world power.

We hope and expect the 2018 conference in Dubai will bring together educators from around the MENA region specifically and the world generally to exchange ideas, research and practice from their own backgrounds and contexts, and draw on, and be inspired by, the local and international body of delegates from a multitude of different national and international backgrounds.

**IICEDubai & IICLLDubai

This conference will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2018 (IICEDubai2018), and many of the sessions will concentrate on areas at the intersection of education and language learning. In keeping with IAFOR's commitment to interdisciplinary study, delegates at either conference are encouraged to attend sessions in other disciplines. Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

In conjunction with our Global Partners including Virginia Tech and the University of Sussex, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

– The IICLLDubai2018 Organising Committee

Dr Christine Coombe, Dubai Men's College, UAE
Dr Christina Gitsaki, Zayed University, UAE
Dr Firas Al-Jubouri, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Professor Said M. Faiq, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, UAE University, UAE
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan


***IICLLDubai2018 at a glance

**Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 9, 2017
**Final Abstract Submission Deadline: December 8, 2017
**Final Registration Deadline: January 11, 2017
**Venue: The InterContinental Festival City Event Centre, Dubai, UAE
**Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 to Sunday, February 18, 2018

***Call for Papers -

The conference theme for IICLLDubai is "Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

Conference Sub-Theme: World Englishes in the MENA Region

– Alternative assessment
– Anxiety and motivation
– Bilingualism
– Blended learning
– Constructivist approaches
– Conversation analysis
– Cross-cultural communication
– Design
– First language acquisition
– Gaming and simulation
– Individual differences
– Innovative language teaching and learning methodologies
– Interactional competence
– Inter-group relations
– Knowledge management/LMS
– Language education
– Learner and teacher autonomy
– Learning environments
– Learning strategies
– Learning third languages
– Lifelong learning
– Literacy
– Linguistics
– Methodology
– Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
– Phonetics and phonology
– Pragmatics
– Sociolinguistics
– World Englishes
– Teacher training
– Testing and evaluation
– The good language learner
– Translation and Interpretation


Already had your abstract accepted? Register now:

To find out more about registration packages, presentation options, conference events and more, please visit the conference website:


***Keynote & Featured Speakers

IAFOR is excited to announce the following speakers will present at IICLLDubai2018.

Dr Deena Boraie, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Dr Christine Coombe, Dubai Men's College, UAE
More speakers announced shortly

Speaker information can be found on the conference website. New speakers will be announced on social media and added to the conference website –


***IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

**Peer-Reviewed Journal: IAFOR Journal of Language Learning

The IAFOR Journal of Language Learning ( is an editorially independent journal associated with IICLLDubai2018. The editor of the journal will select the strongest papers from associated Conference Proceedings for consideration. This Open Access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

**Conference Proceedings

After having your abstract accepted and presenting your research at the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official Conference Proceedings. Our Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Further details are available here:


THINK (, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR's online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world's foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from full research papers to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, podcasts, film and photography.


***Join IAFOR at IICLLDubai2018 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, Open Access journals
– Hear about the latest interdisciplinary research in language learning and education
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register by November 9, 2017 to take advantage of Early Bird Registration prices. Lunch is included in all conference registrations.

Please see the registration page for details:

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at for details.


***About IAFOR

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