Call For Papers 2023

First call for papers/workshops
SAALT conference 2023
19-21 June 2023

We are pleased to open the call for papers to be presented at this year’s conference of the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT).

Venue: Time Square Sun International Hotel (The Maslow) – Pretoria, Gauteng.

Date: Monday 19 June – Wednesday, 21 June 2023 followed by post-conference workshops.

Theme: Advancing multilingualism – mining the wealth of our languages.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 24 April 2023


Join us for an exciting conference dedicated to advancing multilingualism in South Africa. The conference theme encourages delving into the conglomerate of our rich Southern African linguistic resources. We, therefore, invite theme-related contributions from prospective participants in the form of papers, work-in-progress, symposia and workshops. We also welcome abstracts which address innovative thoughts on multilingualism across the following axes:

• language preservation and revitalization with special reference to teaching and learning

• advancing multilingualism as practice in the classroom and/or community

• multilingualism – justice, equity and inclusivity

• multilingualism – divide or unite?

• multilingualism and the COVID-19 pandemic

• multilingualism and technology/artificial intelligence and

• multilingualism and multiliteracies

• multilingualism and teaching of literature

• multilingualism and decolonisation

The event will bring together international and local scholars, practitioners, stakeholders, and experts from various fields to share insights into multilingual educational practices, find innovative solutions to practicalities in teaching and learning spaces; analyse how current issues affect the solution of large-scale language problems in national systems of education, in institutions, and in the multilingual classroom; exchange views to better understand the challenges of our multilingual context when designing language modules, language tests, and language policies and discuss best practices for leveraging the full potential of our linguistic heritage, especially in the field of teaching and learning.

We, therefore, invite participation related to topics that will promote linguistic access, sustainable policy development, and the recognition, development and celebration of South African languages in the following formats.

Podium presentations:

20 minutes + 10-minute discussion.

Length of abstract: maximum of 250 words.

These are conventional papers reporting on completed research or project work.

Work in progress:

This new format will be introduced in the form of short, 10-minute papers offered around a table to an audience of no more than six delegates, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. It is intended for, but not limited to, first-time presenters or for those who are working on a certain issue or project, and are not yet ready to present (preliminary) results in a full-length paper. It is also suitable for explaining the conception of a project that is about to commence, and to receive advice on appropriate scholarly outlets for the publication of results. Each presentation will take place at a separate table but in a single venue, with several presentations happening simultaneously, and the audience changing three times within the hour set aside for this slot on the programme. Abstract of a maximum of 250 words is required.


These are gatherings of a more practical nature, in which one or more topics are treated. Their length can be anything between 2 hours, a morning or afternoon (half day), or full day. Justification for the longer workshops will obviously have to be more thorough. Please submit a programme/schedule for the workshop of no longer than a single page, and a description of what will be covered of no longer than 300 words.

Symposium, seminar or colloquium:

These will feature multi-presenter discussions on a single topic, usually involving a coordinator, a discussant and several presenters. Formats are flexible, and length can be anything between 2 hours, a morning or afternoon (half day), or full day. Please apply for this by submitting a programme/schedule of no longer than a single page, a description of what will be covered of no longer than 300 words, and abstracts for each presenter of no longer than 250 words.

Attendance at the conference will not only advance our knowledge of multilingual matters in our current context but will also provide an opportunity for collaboration between institutions and colleagues working in various linguistic academic disciplines. Don’t miss this opportunity to share in extracting our linguistic gold!

Kind regards

Professor Rinelle Evans (Faculty of Education – University of Pretoria)

SAALT national chairperson 2017-2023 AND

083 732 0099

We shall unfortunately not be able to refund for non-attendance but will accept another delegate in your place.

Registration for the conference will open on 1 March 2023 and close on 13 June 2023.

Day fee: Any day of conference
Registration fee: ZAR1 250

Early registration: 1 March to 30 April 2023
Registration fee: ZAR3 200

Standard registration: 1 May 2023 to 31 May 2023
Registration fee: ZAR3 600

Late registration: 1 June 2023 to 13 June 2023
Registration fee: ZAR3 800


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