The International Conference “Future Challenges in Early Language Learning and Multilingual Education” (ELLME2022) is a joint conference of the EECERA SIG “Multilingual Childhoods” and the AILA ELLReN (Early Language Learning Research Network), organised by the Department of Languages and Literature Education of the University of Granada. It aims to facilitate a forum of discussion for researchers and practitioners on language learning and multilingual education in the early years (0-12 years olds). It is planned in a hybrid format so that possibilities of physical and virtual participation will be offered, although we would love to see as many of you as possible in Granada. Here is a beautiful video of our city and of our academically acclaimed UGR


Important dates

  • 30 June, 2021
    Launching CFP
  • 15 November, 2021
    Deadline CFP (EXTENDED)
  • 20 November, 2021
    Notification of acceptance
  • 17 January, 2022
    Opening registration
  • 17 March, 2022
    Deadline early-bird registration
  • 30 April, 2022
    Closing registration
  • 22 June, 2022
    Conference opening
  • 24 June, 2022
    Conference closing
  • 1 June, 2022
    Submission short chapters (PROCEEDINGS)
  • 1 September, 2022
    Submission extended papers

Strands / Themes

Communications should deal with any of the following topics, either focusing on children from 0-6 or from 6-12, or both, and contextualised in any multilingual context (second language, foreign language, additional language, minority language, heritage language, sign language, etc.):

  1. Early language teaching and learning
  2. Early bilingual/multilingual education
  3. Multilingual identity and socialization in the early years
  4. Early biliteracies and multiliteracies
  5. Materials design and development in early language education 
  6. Multimedia and multimodality for multilingual education
  7. Classroom practices in bilingual/multilingual education
  8. Methodological and ethical issues on multilingual research
  9. Teacher training on early language education
  10. Language policies for early years