Call for Papers

International Conference:
Listening Comprehension (LiCo)

Learning, Teaching and Testing Listening in the Foreign Language Classroom

March 7th & 8th, 2024, English Department

Call for papers: until May 15th, 2023

  • Notification of acceptance: by July 15th, 2023
  • Confirmation of presentation: until August 15th, 2023

Location: English Department, University of Münster (Johannisstr. 12-20, D-48143 Münster)
Organisers: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Reckermann, Jens-Folkert Folkerts, Prof. Dr. Frauke Matz
Conference language: English
Participation fee: €50 per participant

Registration will be open soon. Please register by December 31st, 2023.

Call for Papers (PDF)

In oral communication, which is the most frequent modality in the EFL classroom, listening comprehension is, undoubtedly, essential to establish a learning-oriented classroom discourse and to assure the successful acquisition of the language to be learned. Additionally, listening comprehension is imperative for obtaining information from any audible text. This is of paramount importance, especially in an increasingly digital world that is overflowing with texts to be heard. The importance of interactive and transactional listening comprehension in the foreign language classroom, however, is not equally represented in research in foreign language education. To foster research in this specific field, this international conference invites researchers to present and discuss current research in the field of listening comprehension, find synergies for future projects and develop an outlook for future research, theory and practice. We welcome presentations which focus on how listening is learned, how it can be taught as well as how it can be assessed and tested. The LiCo conference aims at establishing contact between likeminded researchers to network and explore opportunities for future cooperation.

Call for papers: We invite scholars and practitioners teaching and researching listening comprehension to submit presentation proposals that focus on, among other aspects,

  • empirical research on teaching and/or learning listening comprehension in the foreign language classroom
  • empirical research on assessing listening comprehension either for diagnostic purposes or in testing scenarios
  • theoretical and conceptual frameworks for learning, teaching and testing listening comprehension in the foreign language classroom
  • implications for curriculum design and/or insights into innovative classroom practices.

We also explicitly invite early career researchers to present their studies as we are planning a special strand for this target group.

Presentations will have a duration of 20 minutes with 10 minutes discussion. We welcome abstracts of no more than 250 words, specifying the title of the presentation, author(s) (name, affiliation, e-mail address), research design (research focus, research question(s), goal(s), methodology, instruments), research results (if applicable), and a list of references (the list of references does not count towards the word limit). Please also include a short bio of no more than 70 words.

Please submit your abstract via the website of the English Department by May 15 th , 2023.

Conference proceedings: A publication of selected conference presentations in a peer-reviewed open access publication is planned.

Participation without presentation: We would also like to cordially invite those who are interested in the topic but do not wish to present a project at the time being. Please officially register via the website specified above.