Advances in Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners (ATFLY) 2025 | June19-20, 2025 | Online

Advances in Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners (ATFLY) 2025

Date: 19-20 June, 2025
Venue: Online
Conference Website:

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Frisch, University of Wuppertal/Germany (
Prof. Dr. Karen Glaser, University of Leipzig/Germany (
Dr. Constanze Dreßler, University of Wuppertal/Germany (
Anne Schrader, University of Leipzig/Germany (

This triennial international conference provides an exchange platform for current empirical insights into the learning and teaching of additional languages to young learners with a special focus on instructed primary school contexts (age 5-12). The aim is to better understand the factors which contribute to effective and motivating early language teaching and to identify research gaps which need to be tackled in the future. With its clear empirical focus, the conference strives to advance evidence-based insights into early language learning and teaching in instructional contexts. While the conference language will be English, research on any target language and from any part of the globe is welcome.

Plenary speakers
We are delighted to welcome the following plenary speakers at the conference:

  • Prof. Dr. Annamaria Pinter (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Dr. Karen Roehr-Brackin (University of Essex, UK)
  • Prof. Dr. Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Call for papers
The conference organizers would like to invite proposals for 25-minute presentations, followed by 15-minute discussions, that have a clear evidence-based focus. The submission deadline is November 15, 2024.

Criteria for acceptance:

Formal criteria:

  • Completeness: name of presenter(s), affiliation(s), presentation title, abstract: 300-400 words incl. references
  • Empirical structure: theoretical background, research questions/aims, research methods and (projected) findings

Content criteria:

  • relevance of the study for the conference’s scope (early language learning and teaching in school contexts)
  • coherence and quality of the theoretical background
  • evidence-based design/grounding in empirical data
  • well-founded and plausible research design, including methodological rigor of data analysis

Abstract submission:
Please submit your proposals through the conference website at, using the ‘Abstract submission’ tab.