Programme

The European Conference on Education (ECE) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


  • The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Foreign Language Learners and Teachers
    The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Foreign Language Learners and Teachers
    Keynote Presentation: Jean-Marc Dewaele
  • Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
    Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
    Keynote Presentation: Mary Stuart CBE
  • Five Faces of this Generation
    Five Faces of this Generation
    Keynote Presentation: Zachary Walker

Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ECE conferences via the links below.

The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Foreign Language Learners and Teachers
Keynote Presentation: Jean-Marc Dewaele

Recent research has shown that learner emotions, both negative and positive, are the fuel for foreign language learning and teaching (Dewaele et al., 2018) and they are linked to both learner-internal and learner-external factors (Dewaele et al., 2019). Emotions are at the heart of learner and teacher engagement and they can fluctuate wildly over different time scales (Gkonou, Dewaele & King, to appear). Teachers have to be able to handle their own emotions and to feel the emotional temperature in the class in order to create an environment where linguistic experimentation and play is possible. As such, the teacher plays the role of the discrete but competent conductor helping learners to sharpen their linguistic and communicative skills in the foreign language.

References

Dewaele, J.-M., Franco Magdalena, A. & Saito, K. (2019) The effect of perception of teacher characteristics on Spanish EFL Learners’ Anxiety and Enjoyment. The Modern Language Journal, 103(2), https://doi.org/10.1111/modl.12555
Dewaele, J.-M., Witney, J., Saito, K. & Dewaele, L. (2018) Foreign language enjoyment and anxiety in the FL classroom: the effect of teacher and learner variables. Language Teaching Research, 22(6), 676–697.
Gkonou, C., Dewaele, J.-M & King, J. (to appear) Language Teaching: An Emotional Rollercoaster. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
Keynote Presentation: Mary Stuart CBE

Learning is only of any relevance if it is contextualised both within students’ personal and individual experiences but also within the wider theoretical and cultural environment in which they are developing. This keynote will explore how the educational sector as a whole needs to respond to the changing social and economic environment that we find ourselves. It will draw on the specifics of the impact of the fourth industrial revolution and how our world is changing in the 21st century and how education needs to respond to it to ensure future generations are prepared for the new environment that is emerging.

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Five Faces of this Generation
Keynote Presentation: Zachary Walker

This thought-provoking talk looks at five of the faces that make up this generation and how we can work with them as teachers, leaders, colleagues, and parents. The focus is on each of those individuals, why they are important, and how they impact what we do every day in educational contexts. We will be inspired, uplifted, and challenged by how we can help each of them perform at their highest level.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.