Final Conference

I European Conference on Foreign Language Teacher Education

24-25 June, 2021

University of Burgos, Spain

Call for Papers

The increasing globalisation of contemporary societies poses great challenges to the education sector. As the Eurydice (2015) report indicates, the labour mobility of the teaching and learning collective is in continuous growth due to the constant increase in opportunities for university study abroad, and a static labour market resulting from the last years of economic crisis. Displacement in Europe is particularly evident among foreign language students and teachers, who tend to move more frequently and for longer. However, there is a lack of unified formats for teacher education at a European level, with national agencies working in each country separately.

To address these shortcomings, the VIRTEACH project (www.virteachproject.eu ) seeks to find a VIRtual Solution for a comprehensive and coordinated training for foreign language TEACHers in Europe. This Erasmus+ funded project (2018-2021) has created a digital tool to improve the postgraduate certificates on Masters on Education for foreign language teachers and has provided teachers, researchers, student teachers and policy-makers with open-source tools and reports to foster convergence in the education of foreign language teachers.

As a final landmark, the VIRTEACH project team organises the I European Conference on Foreign Language Teacher Education. This 2-day conference is a meeting place and platform for researchers, teacher educators, policy makers and teachers from all over Europe. It combines inspiring keynotes, a wide variety of papers on research and practice, problems and advancements of foreign language teacher education, and active working sessions in a stimulating and friendly atmosphere. Hosted by the University of Burgos (Spain), this conference will provide a venue for the following activities:

  • Presentation and discussion of the outputs of the VIRTEACH project.
  • Presentations by researchers and practitioners on innovative experiences in the education of foreign language teachers.
  • Discussion fora involving policy makers on convergent policy design for foreign language teacher training.
  • Identification of new issues and future directions in the training of foreign language teachers in Europe.
  • Practical Workshops: 21st Century Foreign Language Teacher Training Course and Interactive Digital Notepad.

The conference will be of interest to:

The Conference will be of interest to practitioners and researchers in the field of foreign language teacher education, student teachers of foreing languages, university educators who are interested in virtual solutions for teacher education, and policy makers and representatives of public authorities working in the area of Initial Teacher Education.

Presentations on the following areas are invited:

  • Foreign language teacher education policies in Europe.
  • Practical innovation projects and initiatives in foreign language teacher training.
  • Intercultural aspects in foreign language teacher education contexts.
  • Critical and international perspectives in foreign language teacher education.
  • Foreign language teacher in-service training: challenges and solutions.
  • Digitalisation and virtual innovations in foreign language teacher education.
  • Good practices and resources for trainee-teachers with an innovative approach.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published as open access publication.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

David Newby, B.A., M.Sc., D.Phil. “The European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages: principles, practices, prospects”.
David Newby was, until his retirement, Associate Professor of English Language Didactics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria and the University of Bergen, Norway. He is co-author and coordinator of the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages and is currently consultant to the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe.

Katja Mäntylä, D.Phil.“Training foreign language teachers in Finland”.

Katja Mäntylä is currently working as Professor of English (language learning and teaching) at the University of Turku, Finland. Before joining the staff at Turku University, she worked for over 20 years at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She is also a member of Matriculation Examination Board (the national school leaving exam) as well as its Language Committee, and the chair for the English section.

Important dates:

  • December 2020: Call for papers and registration opens
  • 21 March 2021: Deadline for abstract submission
  • 4 April 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • 16 May 2021: Final registration deadline
  • 24-25 June 2021: The conference

The uncertain pandemic situation makes it impossible to predict the level of restrictions which will be in place in June 2021. We are committed to celebrating this event in-person (local and international rules and regulations allowing). However, we will keep the options open and at a later stage we will consider a hybrid format event if necessary. We will closely monitor the Rules and Regulations and update all elegates accordingly.

Interested in participating?

Registration fee:

Thanks to the funding by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, there is no registration fee for this conference. However, participants are expected to cover all of their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. Registration includes book of abstracts, certificate of attendance and participation, coffee breaks and lunches and social programme activities participation.

Accommodation and travel:

Please remember that delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own accommodation and travel. Burgos is a popular tourist destination and we recommend booking accommodation in advance.
The conference will take place at the Faculty of Humanities and Communication on the university campus. It is a short bus ride or a 15-minute lovely walk along the river from the city centre.

Social programme:

The conference has organised outdoor activities for participants in the afternoon/evenings. Participants who wish to take part will be required to register (free of charge) upon arrival at the conference.
Burgos has a long and fascinating history which you can read about here. It has a wonderful old town and many museums and buildings. Burgos is also known for its delicious gastronomy. Don’t miss our tapas!

Conference committee: María Amor Barros del Río, Concetta Maria Sigona, María Simarro Vazquez, Carlos López Nozal, Alba Fenández Alonso, Aranzazu Cosido García, Lucía Muñoz.


Any enquiries can be directed to: virteachconference@virteachproject.eu