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Presenter Coordinator
Elise Catudal
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The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) and the British Columbia Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) are proud to co-host Celebrating Languages Without Borders (CLWB) 2020. This edition of our premier national professional development conference for second language educators and stakeholders will take place on October 23–24, 2020. Register here for the conference.

This year, due to travel restrictions and physical distancing requirements, the conference will be online, offering even greater opportunities for participation without the logistical barriers of geography or time. Some sessions may be recorded and added to CASLT’s professional development resources, enabling asynchronous as well as synchronous conference participation. 

The call for proposals is now closed.

Key Themes for the Second Call for Proposals

The program selection committee welcomes session proposals from both novice and experienced presenters. Share your high-impact strategies, current research, and innovative ideas with second language educators from across Canada and beyond. With this second Call for Proposals we are specifically looking for presentations and interactive sessions that focus on:

  • Teaching Languages in an Online or Virtual Platform (e.g., ideas for both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, video conferencing for oral language development, etc.)
  • Concept-Based Instruction in Second/Additional Language Contexts (e.g., learning of specific concepts, the nature of concepts, the development of logical reasoning and critical thinking, how concept-based learning brings “real world” meaning to content knowledge and skills, etc.)
  • Assessment in Online Learning Contexts (e.g., performance tasks, digital technologies, student interviews, etc.) 

Conference Strands

Presentations should fall under one or more of the following conference strands in language education:

  • ESL/EAL: English as a second or additional language (e.g., ESL in Francophone schools, English to newcomers in Anglophone schools and adults learning English)
  • FSL/FAL: French as a second or additional language (e.g., French immersion, Intensive French, Core French, French to newcomers in Francophone schools and adults learning French, French in a Minority Language Setting “francisation”)
  • IHL: International and heritage languages (e.g., German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish)
  • ILCP: Indigenous languages, cultures, and perspectives
  • ASL/LSQ: American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language

Selection Process

Proposals will be selected by the program selection committee for CASLT based on their relevance to the themes and conference strands listed above, ensuring that the conference program offers a balanced, comprehensive, and diversified choice of sessions. The committee may also consider such criteria as the language of presentation and the type of second language program.

Furthermore, the committee shall consider the following elements when judging the overall quality of proposals:

  • Well written and succinct description of the session
  • Clearly articulated purpose and procedures, including the intended audience
  • Relevance of the topic to the field of second language teaching, learning, and research
  • Opportunities for participant engagement (where applicable)

The program selection committee reserves the right to request modifications to proposals prior to acceptance. If accepted, speakers may be invited to present in formats other than the one they selected.

Presenter Registration Rate

All presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and are eligible for the discounted presenter registration fee ($65) for the conference.

Types of Sessions


Sharing or showcasing of information, with time and strategies integrated into the session for the audience to process information and to ask questions.


A hands-on, interactive professional development activity around a specific issue or technique.


A structured session on a current topic related to one or more of the conference strands that includes 3–4 presenters, a discussant/facilitator, and time for questions and discussion. Each speaker’s presentation should be a maximum of 10 minutes for a 60-minute session.

Commercial Presentation

Any session that promotes a saleable product, program, or service will be considered a commercial presentation. A limited number of commercial presentations are available at $50 for a 30-minute session or $75 for a 60-minute session (commercial presentation fees do not include registration to the conference). Commercial presenters must register as general attendees or as an exhibitor.

Presentation Dates

Conference presentations will take place on Friday October 23, 2020, and Saturday October 24, 2020.

Session Materials

Lead presenters will be given the option of providing access to conference attendees of their digital presentations. The presenter coordinator will communicate with the lead presenters to explain the procedure for sharing presentations.

Session Technology

Please note that all presentations will be offered through ZOOM video conferencing technology.

Confirmation of Sessions

The lead presenter will receive notice via email of the status of the proposed session. If the proposal is accepted, the lead presenter must confirm participation and register for the conference.

Proposal Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding submitting a session proposal, please contact the presenter coordinator, Elise Catudal, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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