Call for papers: 6th international conference of applied linguistics

Screenshot_2022-01-21_at_11.26.51_copy.pngWe invite you to participate in the 6th international conference of applied linguistics Language and people: problems and solutions. The conference will take place on 29–30 September 2022, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University.

Keynote speakers: 

    Annick De Houwer (University of Erfurt)
    Marcus Callies (University of Bremen)
    Victoria Guillén Nieto (University of Alicante) 

Conference languages: Lithuanian and English

Submissions are invited for the following contributions:

    full paper presentations: 30 minutes (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions);
    poster presentations;
    thematic workshops (short: 1.5 hours with 3 presenters; long: 3 hours with 5-6 presenters).

The length of abstracts for full paper and poster presentations is 300–500 words (excluding references). Workshop convenors are invited to submit a description of the workshop (500–700 words, excluding references) and a list of confirmed workshop presenters. Workshop convenors are responsible for selecting presenters and planning slots in their workshops.

Abstracts and workshop proposals should be submitted through the conference website >


COVID-19 information: The conference is envisaged as a live on-campus event, but the organisers reserve the right to run it online in case the pandemic situation changes. Registration fees will be lowered if the conference runs online.

Organizers: Institute of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University Lithuanian Association of Applied Linguistics (LITAKA).


Contact person: Mrs Lina Vaškevičienė
Conference website: 

Season’s Greetings

As we are approaching the end of the year 2021, I would like to sincerely wish you white Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year, 2022. The magic triplet of twos divided by a single zero  should bring us all peace and success.

To cheer you up, I am attaching a lovely picture with two baby snowmen, made by our international students studying Lithuanian.

Inesa Šeškauskienė 


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The List of Open Electives for Spring Semester

Here is the List of Open Electives for the 2022 spring semester.

These subjects can be chosen with the individual study plan instead of the electives suggested in your study programme.

More information can be found here>

Webinar on Language Learning and EMI Teaching for English Teachers

Since English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) courses are becoming more common at European universities, language teachers may be asked to support lecturers and staff. This workshop offered by Leipzig University is designed for English language teachers who want to deepen their understanding of particular language learning issues faced by students, staff and lecturers in the university context.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but participants are asked to join in with their microphone and computer camera on. Participants are encouraged to actively participate, bringing in ideas and practical activities to share with others. Two identical workshops are offered in December.

Target group: English language teachers.

Workshop leader: Mary Waltie, Department Head for English at the Language Center at Leipzig University.

Date and time (CET):

Language Learning and EMI Teaching Intensive (2nd edition): 15th December 2021, 14:00–17:00.

Please register here by 9th December 2021 >

Workshop format: Online (Zoom). Participants will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting in a timely manner.

Fee: The workshop is free of charge for staff members of the Arqus Alliance partner universities.

Contact: For any enquiries, please contact Jupp Möhring.

Please note: In order to ensure the quality of the session and for the benefit of the participants, the number of participants for this workshop is limited to a maximum of 28. There are 4 workshop places per partner university and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are less than 4 registrations from one university, the remaining places will be allocated in list order regardless of affiliation to a partner university.

The Arqus workshop series on language and cross-cultural competence is offered in the framework of Action Line 4 Multilingual and Multicultural University (sub-line 4.5), led by Leipzig University. These workshops target academic and administrative staff at partner universities and focus on specific topics such as working and teaching through the medium of English, intercultural awareness in the classroom and outside, and inclusive language.

Seminar What can practice theory contribute to linguistics?

Everybody is warmly welcome to BKKI seminar October 22, Friday, 3 p.m. which will take place both live and online:

Live 314B aud.

Online >

The speaker is dr Vladimir Panov /Centre for General Linguistics

Theme: What can practice theory contribute to linguistics?

Summary: Contemporary mainstream linguistics as a discipline rests on certain philosophical assumptions about the nature of its research object. First, it by and large accepts the Saussurean "langue" - the language system - as an entity logically prior to its real-life implementation ("parole", speaking). Second, partly as a consequence of the first, linguistics focuses on the modelling of the individual knowledge of language, whereby language system is seen as a "cognitive" phenomenon. Third, synchrony and diachrony are usually treated separately. In my talk, I argue that this view, despite its undeniable success in establishing linguistics as an autonomous discipline and contributing to huge research progress, has its limits. I then present an alternative foundation for the science of language arguing that the latter is not only a cognitive but, first and foremost, a social phenomenon, and is to be treated on a par with other social phenomena. This view can be supported by a family of approaches in social sciences known as "practice theory". These are associated with figures such as Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens and others. In my talk, I will report how their ideas have been recently applied by some linguists in treating concrete linguistic phenomena. Finally, I will discuss how practice theory can be reconciled with cognitive linguistics, frame semantics and construction grammar in particular.

8th international scientific conference Linguistic, Educational, and Intercultural Research 2021

The Institute of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University and is in collaboration with Leipzig University (Germany) and the Arqus European University Alliance is organising the 8th international scientific conference Linguistic, Educational, and Intercultural Research 2021 (LEIC Research 2021) to be held online  on  21-22 October 2021. The conference is hosted by Vilnius University.

The final programme of the conference is on the conference website >

Presentations are in English with three Panel Sessions in other languages: French, German, and Italian. 

On the second day of the conference on 22 October 2021the Interactive Language Cafés are organized in different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish (separate rooms for each language) — rooms with moderators for participants to discuss issues related to language, or conference presentations, and to socialize in an informal setting. Colleagues from the Arqus European University Alliance are especially invited to participate in their local languages in discussions in the Interactive Language Cafés.

We invite all who are interested to participate in the discussions during the Interactive Language Cafés, and immerse yourself in a virtual multi-lingual space.

We encourage you to invite your students to listen to conference presentations and/ or participate in Interactive Language Cafés. We kindly ask you to make the list of students with their email addresses and send them to Agnė Vaidakavičiūtė by MS Teams or email by 21 October.

You can find information about moderators of the Interactive Language Cafés and the invited guests here >

Information for the selected Erasmus students for the Spring semester 2022

You can find the official results of the selection HERE. Search for your student card number you have entered when applying.

Your next steps: 

  1. Participate in the info session for exchange students! A must! Info below. 
  2. Join MS Teams group (p9jpl8k)
  3. Wait for an email from the host university about further application process. Check your spam folder regularly.
  4. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your faculty coordinator.

Currently urgent nominations are being sent. Don’t be surprised if you receive an email from the host university with the application instructions. Please pay close attention to the application DEADLINE, this is important. Nomination deadlines vary, no need to worry, everyone will be nominated on time. 

Online info sessions! Please use the link below to attend and watch the recording later. 

  • September 6th, Wednesday, 2pm (in Lithuanian). PressHERE.
  • September 7th, Thursday, 2pm (in English). PressHERE.

During the seminar you will be introduced to the following information: application documents, how to fill various forms, scholarships etc. Please join MS Teams group using the following code: p9jpl8kFurther online meeting, if needed, will be held there. Also, we‘ll upload required documents for easier use. 

Applications for ERASMUS+ and other mobility programs for the spring (AY 2021-2022) semester

Go ahead and submit your application for a study period abroad!   

Applications for the spring semester (AY 2021-2022) are open until the midnight of the 21st of September. 

ATTENTION! You can apply for different mobility options at the same time. 

  • Apply for ERASMUS+ mobility here

The list of the partner universities. 

  • Apply for ARQUS ir Coimbra group mobility here 
  • Apply for Bilateral exchange here 

Info Sessions will be held:  

  • in Lithuanian September 8 and 16, 2 pm 
  • in English September 15, 2 pm.  


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