Quo vadis, ERLA?

Download ERLA’s Trajectory and Call for Experts  and  ERLA’s Yearly Focus – 2023: LANGUAGE(-)AFFECT

Our joint work is organised around 4-year cycles – as outlined below. You are welcome to join ERLA’s “tour” at any point of any cycle – although the earlier you join, the more complete picture of our trajectory you will get and experience yourself. 

The overall idea is to base our studies on four yearly foci of each cycle – that is we assign a topic to one particular year (e.g. language AFFECT in 2023) and after that we build upon the expertise obtained previously (e.g. focusing on language beliefs/activity/matrices over 2024-2026, we rest on our work from 2023 and that from the entire first cycle). We strive to do it a widely interdisciplinary and international circle (with members from within and outside the academic world). In this way we form a community of educational-cum-linguistic learning experience working towards fulfilment of ERLA’s two main goals. The yearly focus becomes the dominant theme of ERL Journal, Conference, Sessions, and the other ERL projects and initiatives. 



                                                2019: COMMUNICATION2020: LINGUISTIC IDENTITY2021: LINGUISTIC WELL-BEING2022: LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY

Over the first cycle we have established our 4 ERLA premises emphasising (a) the central position of language in education on the level of instruction, systems, culture, and society, and (b) the ensuing need of interdisciplinary studies to be undertaken worldwide. Most importantly, the premises in question apply to both learners as well as teachers, and to all educational systems.


                                    Click the graphic to enlarge the premises

Our projects, events, and publications in ERL Journal have covered themes such as: multiculturalism, linguistic well-being, diversity, linguistic experience. During this defining stage of ERLA’s existence we have formed a small group of enthusiasts researching linguistic and pedagogical issues and sharing the plan to boost the position of language in education. As presented by ERLA’s hexagon, our team has been composed of experts in applied lingustics, language teaching methodology, theories of education, and a number of other related subdisciplines.



                                                               LANGUAGE (-).. 2023: AFFECT → 2024: BELIEFS → 2025: ACTIVITY → 2026: THINKING

Over the second cycle we address – year after year – four dimensions of learners’ and teachers’ linguistic experience, that is axiological, psychomotor, emotional, and cognitive domains. Year 2023 is predominantly AFFECT-oriented, with our experiencing of language being strongly determined how we feel about it. 

We’ll study – across disciplines and educational systems across the globe – themes cutting across the four domains – such as linguistic identity, bi- and multiligualism, learning difficulties, differentiated instruction, online education, narrative-, identity-, and draa-based instruction, equity and democracy in education etc. as well as those falling within the particular domains, including: motivation, willingness to communicate, language anxiety, personal constructs, learner and teacher beliefs, learrner autonomy, language attainment and evaluation, oracy, etc. The plan is ambitious and to achieve it properly, we hope to be supported by – inter alia – experts in psycholinguistics, neurolingustics, speech therapists, non-verbal communication, and linguistic anthropologists – all of whom we encourage to join ERLA so as to learn and do research together. 


CYCLE 2027-2030:               SCOPE MAJOR – FOCUS ON THE CONTEXT

                                                               LANGUAGE AND.. 2027: METHODOLOGY → 2028: SCHOOLING → 2029: CULTURE → 2030: PERSONALITY

The third cycle will have a much broader appeal and focus on the multiple settings of our linguistic experience, methods of examining it and its cultural determinants. In this period we aspire to bring about meaningful changes to educational systems across the globe and render language(s) fully-justified and highly-developmental foundations. 

ERLA’s dominant themes will focus on the macro-and micro- context of teaching and learning. The former includes the social, cultural and educational context, multicultural citizenship, linguistic equality and sustainability, language ecology, environmental linguistics, educational policies and practices, intercultural and cross-cross cultural practices and teacher education, whereas the micro-context comprises educational and institutional practices and curricula, teaching materials and learning environments. This cycle’s thematic expansion renders it necessary for ERLA to include in its team theoreticians and practitioners specialising in – inter alia – teaching methodology, intercultural communication, sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, ecolinguistics, linguaculturalism, cultural studies, curriculum design, transdiciplinary literacy, linguistic equality, translanguaging, and others, whose interests and studies fall within the cycle’s foci. Their role for this cycle is crucial and we invite them to join ERLA as early as they can.