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Presenter Coordinator
Elise Catudal
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Submit a Proposal

Submit a Proposal


Celebrating Languages Without Borders (CLWB) 2020 to be Held Virtually

Given the ongoing travel restrictions and social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CASLT and the BCATML have decided to shift the CLWB 2020 conference to a virtual event instead.

Registration has re-opened for the conference with fees readjusted to account for this year’s online format. Register here for the CLWB 2020 conference, still on the originally scheduled dates of October 23–24, 2020.

Presenters who have already been accepted may either continue with their original workshop or withdraw their proposal by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Presenters who have already registered can receive a full refund or maintain their registration at the reduced rate. 

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.

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.

CASLT and the BCATML invite you to submit a proposal for the CLWB 2020 national conference on the teaching and learning of second languages.

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:

Conference Strands

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

Key Dates

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:

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

The number of presenters per session eligible to pay the discounted presenter registration rate for the conference varies according to the type of session. Additional presenters must pay the non-presenter rate.

To see how many presenters are eligible for the presenter rate, read the descriptions under Types of Sessions below.

Please consult the Registration page for the presenter rate.

IMPORTANT: Presenters must register 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.

Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: 1


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

Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: 2


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.

Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: 4

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 $100 for a 30-minute session or $150 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.
Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: Not applicable

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..