LIF2021: 7th International Language in Focus Conference

May 6–8, 2021

Valletta, Malta



After close consultation with authorities and communities around the world, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone LIF2020 last year.  Having spent the previous year preparing for the conference with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we were genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at that time.  We want to thank all our participants and partners for their support, open discussions, and encouragement.

LIF2021 – 7th International Language in Focus Conference, the learning adventure, will be organized in Valletta, Malta, May 6-8, 2021, in collaboration with Cukurova University – Turkey, CITY College, University of York Europe Campus and University of Malta.  LIF2021 to be held in Valletta, Malta, will constitute an excellent opportunity to meet experts in various areas of ELT and language studies.

To support the range of options and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience this year.  You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission.  You can present both ways or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. This way we build for our LIF Conference participants flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation. The choice to take part virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.  We also want to be ready for the possibility of another force majeure due to COVID-19.  If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead.

The organization of the LIF2021 Conference is in progress and the initial selection of the presentation proposals has already started. Please remember that the deadline for abstract submissions is February 15th.  Those who have not submitted the proposal yet are kindly asked to send it by the deadline.  Abstracts of papers, panels, workshops, or posters in the range of 200-250 words should be submitted through our conference website:



  • David Marsh
  • Anne O’Keeffe, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Jane Spiro, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • David Singleton, Dublin Trinity College, Ireland
  • Ema Ushioda, University of Warwick, UK​



 LIF2021 aims at providing a forum for researchers, teachers and educational representatives to share their knowledge and promote creativity and innovation. LIF2021 topics include (but are not limited to):

  • ELT Methodology and Classroom Applications
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • SLA / ELT Focused Theories
  • ICT in Language Teaching
  • Psychological and Psycholinguistic perspectives in SLA / ELT
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL and CLILiG)
  • Bilingualism / Multilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics and Learner Corpora
  • Syntax, Morphology, and Semantics
  • Lexical Processing
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Language Policies



Abstracts of papers, workshops, or posters in the range of 200-250 words together with the registration form should be submitted via the conference website using the Abstract Submission form by February 15th, 2021. Each participant will have the opportunity to present up to 2 papers.



 LIF2021 Conference venue is University of Malta, Valletta Campus (St. Paul Street, Valletta. VLT 1216).



 Our participants will be informed on detailed information about various options about the accommodation on LIF2021 website soon.






We look forward to welcoming you at LIF2021 in Valletta.

Kind Regards,

LIF2021 – Organizing Committee