Sustainable Multilingualism 2019

International Scientific Conference

24-25 May, 2019

Kaunas, Lithuania

Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) of Vytautas Magnus University,

in cooperation with

Language Teachers’ Association of Lithuania (LKPA),

is pleased to announce the 1st call for proposals for

the 5th VMU IFL and the 13th LKPA international conference

The conference aims at bringing together scholars and language education professionals to share their research insights and discuss the issues relevant to the development of individual and societal multilingualism, including language policy, linguistic human rights, plurilingual pedagogy and language education in higher education.



University of Toronto, ON, Canada

James Patrick Cummins has been a driving force behind bilingual and plurilingual education for the past four decades. His research has laid the foundation for the understanding of language as a cognitive development rather than a behavior. He found that being bilingual improves classroom learning and that first language provides a sturdy foundation for second-language acquisition. Through his research, Professor Cummins identified two types of language, basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). He has co-authored several books on literacies in education and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish. Professor Cummins has won a number of international academic awards and holds a number of editorial positions with various psychology journals.


Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Britta Hufeisen is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies. Her primary research interests are multilingualism and multiple language learning, L3-text competency, and multilingual whole school policy. Recent publications include a 2015 volume on research projects on multilingual whole school policies in Europe and 2015 second edition of EuroComGerm - European Intercomprehension. She was Adjunct Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada.


Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Egidijus Aleksandravičius is a historian, a habilitated doctor of humanities, a professor at the Department of History of Vytautas Magnus University, a publicist, an active statesman and a well-known public intellectual. He holds the positions of the head of Academia cum laude, an embodiment of VMU artes liberales principles in research and studies, and the director of Lithuanian emigration institute. Professor Aleksandravičius is also the president of the National Committee of the History of Lithuania, the chairman of the Board of the Open Lithuanian Foundation, a member of the Board of the World Lithuanian teachers’ Association as well as a member of the Lithuanian Historical Society and the Samogitian Cultural Society. His research interests include history of the 19th century Lithuanian culture, historiography and history of Lithuanian emigration. He is the author of twenty books and more than a hundred articles published in Lithuanian and foreign scientific journals. He has academic experience not only in Lithuania but also in the USA and Finland.



Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Mercè Bernaus Queralt is a pre-service and in-service teacher trainer at national and international level for various organisations such as an NGO Learn to Change, Change to Learn. Her main activities involve lectures and practicum tutorials. Professor Bernaus has extensive expertise in plurilingualim and pluriculturalism, project-based learning, multilingual and intercultural education, education for democratic citizenship, inclusion, values and attitudes in education, action research and other fields of education. She has coordinated plurilingualism/culturalism projects at the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) such as ConBaT+ and Language Educator Awareness (LEA) as well as engaged in ECML Training and Consultancy programmes for member states where she delivered workshops such as ‘Supporting Multilingual Classrooms’. From 2007 to 2017 professor was involved in the Pestalozzi programmes for education professionals of the Council of Europe as a trainer. She has conducted studies on attitudes, motivation, language learning and published her research in international journals: The Modern Language Journal, International Journal of Multilingualism and Foreign Language Annals.


Submissions are welcome in (not limited to) the following areas:

  • Language policy
  • Less widely taught languages
  • Issues in minority language education
  • Language teaching methodology in multilingual and multicultural environment
  • Cultural challenges
  • Challenges for Identity
  • Multilingualism for business and in business
  • Multilingualism and educational mobility
  • Non-formal and informal development of plurilingual competence
  • Innovations in language education
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Plurilingual pedagogies and language sensitive teaching
  • Literature and multilingualism
  • Issues in translation in multilingual environment


  1. Meet in person world-known researchers in linguistic human rights and outstanding language policy researchers and developers
  2. Share your research insights within international community
  3. Discuss current issues of multilingualism with members of international community
  4. Strengthen the existing and establish new partnerships in the international research and education community
  5. Visit Lithuania – one of the three Baltic states, the country where the oldest surviving Indo-European language is spoken


You are invited to contribute and submit your abstracts in both formats:

  • In person: oral or poster presentations.
  • Virtually: if you cannot attend in person.

Registration and abstract submission open: 1 November, 2018

Deadline for registration and abstract submission: 1 February, 2019

Notification of acceptance: 18 February, 2019


Participation fee (conference packet, coffee-breaks, free Wi-Fi):

    • Early payment: 19 February – 18 March 2019 – 80 €
    • Standard payment: 19 March – 18 May 2019 – 100 €
    • Late payment: 19 May – 23 May 2019 – 120 €
    • Fee for virtual presentation (without attending the conference in person): 60 €
    • Fee for attending the conference without presentation: 30 €
    • Members of Language Teachers’ Association of Lithuania and Students: 50% discount
    • Social programme: 60 € (Kaunas sightseeing tour – 15€, reception dinner – 45€)

Participation fee shall be transferred to Vytautas Magnus University account:



ACCOUNT NUMBER: (to be announced)


SM 2019 Conference fee


All abstracts will be published in an online book of abstracts with an ISBN number.

The selected papers will be published in the international scientific journal Sustainable Multilingualism, indexed in MLA.

Since 2017, Sustainable Multilingualism is published by SCIENDO (former De Gryuter Open).

Print copy: ISSN 2335-2019 Online copy: ISSN 2335-2027

Journal website: visit the website

Authors of accepted conference contributions may submit their full papers to be considered for publication in the 15th issue of Sustainable Multilingualism, November 2019. Deadline for manuscript submissions is 1 July, 2019.