Call for papers

BAAL/Routledge Research Development Workshop 2017

Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Current theories & methodologies

University of York, UK

4th and 5th December 2017

The Centre for research in language learning and Use (CReLLU) funded by the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and Routeldge is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following workshop: Developmental workshop on Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Current Theories and Methodologies which will take place at the University of York, UK.

The workshop aims to bring together established researchers, postgraduates (PGs) and early career researchers (ECRs) to discuss and share best practices in the theories and methodologies of bilingual first language acquisition (BFLA). This 2-day workshop has been designed to include training sessions and keynote speeches by scholars at the cutting edge of the field, and presentation slots for PGs and ECRs making the workshop highly interactive and inclusive.

Call for papers

We invite contributions of studies/projects (including work in progress) on conceptual and methodological issues relating to researching Bilingual First Language Acquisition. Contributions from doctoral students and early career researchers are especially welcome. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

We invite submissions for 3 types of contributions:

  • A 20-minute paper & 5 minutes discussion
  • A “5 minute pitch”: a short conceptual contribution (5 minutes followed by a 10 minute discussion)
  • Poster presentation

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should include: aims of the research; the methodology, findings (if possible) and the contribution the research intends to make to current understandings of BFLA. The deadline for abstract submissions is 15th October 2017.

The abstract should have a clear title and must be sent as PDF. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. Upon submission, please indicate whether your work should be considered for an oral presentation or for a poster or for the “5-minute pitch” (or all 3).

Please email your abstract to:


The filename should be in the following format: SURNAME_BAAL2017

Important Dates: 
Submission is open: 6th September 2017
Deadline for submissions: 15th October 2017
Notification of acceptance: 4th November 2017
Conference dates: 4-5th December 2017

Notes about posters:

Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a symposium-related theme or topic. They are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. photos, charts, graphs, tables). There will be a block of time allocated when presenters will be available to discuss their posters, and posters will be displayed in the trade exhibition/catering area. Presenters are encouraged to consider posters because of the opportunity they provide for inclusion of more presenters and for an extended discussion with other teachers and researchers. You will be assigned a space to display your poster which will fit one A0 size sheet.

Guidelines for poster design:

  • Your poster should be no larger than A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height/ 33.1 x 46.8 inches width x height (landscape or portrait).
  • Provide an overview of the key elements you wish to present about your teaching practice or research, including objectives, the process, outcomes or findings, implications, references etc.
  • Utilise graphics, tables or other relevant visuals to illustrate the main points; use colour if possible.
  • Your poster should have a clear focus and be well organised in order to guide the reader through the poster.
  • Avoid overwhelming detail. Keep it simple, both in terms of the language and visuals used.
  • Choose a readable font large enough to be read from about 1m away (titles/main headings from about 2m distance).
  • You may wish to prepare a handout which you can also pin to the poster board.
  • Include the title, your name and affiliation in the display.
  • Consider how your poster might encourage conversation.


Places are limited to 40, and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. There are four bursaries available to undergraduate and postgraduate students to cover travel expenses to the event. To apply for a student bursary, please email us at:

Delegates are asked to organise their own travel and accommodation. Over the next few weeks details about: keynote speakers, abstracts, travel, accommodation, registration, and the conference programme will be available here on the conference website:

The workshop fees are as follows:

BAAL members £30

Non-BAAL members £35

Students/unwaged £20

Fees include lunches and tea & coffees (with light refreshments) throughout the day.

*******Registration is now open and you can register through this website.*****


Proceedings of the Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Current theories & methodologies workshop will be published by Routledge. Details will be available on here just before the conference takes place in December.


British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
We would also like to thank the Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use (CReLLU) at the University of York for providing us with student bursaries for the conference.