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 invite you to

the 5th VMU IFL and the 13th LKPA international conference "Sustainable Multilingualism 2019".

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

Prof. James Patrick Cummins (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada) has been a driving force in bilingual and multilingual education for the past four decades. His research has laid the foundation for understanding of bilingualism and the role of language and culture in society; his theories of BICS and CALP (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency), CUP (Common Underlying Proficiency) have contributed to the field of minority language education and language education in general. Professor Cummins’ commitment to promoting language rights throughout the world, his cross disciplinary ideas, support for tolerant and equitable multilingual education has made him a catalyst for change across continents. Professor Cummins has published won a number of international academic awards and holds a number of editorial positions with various psychology journals.


Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Britta Hufeisen (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Scientific Director of the Institute of Language and Literature, Scientific Director of the Language Centre. Her primary research interests are multilingualism and multiple language learning, L3 acquisition, German as an additional foreign language, intercultural communication and multilingual whole school policy. She has had visiting professorships in Canada, Sweden and Malaysia, and has served as academic consultant and evaluator in universities in Ireland, Sweden, Norway and Malaysia. She serves on the German Academic Exchange Service in Bonn, and in 2011 was elected as Deputy Chairman of the Central Agency for Schools Abroad, where she is responsible for tasks in the fields multilingualism and interdisciplinary instruction.


Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius (Department of History, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania) is a historian, a habilitated doctor of Humanities, a publicist, an active statesman and a well-known public intellectual. He is 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 World Lituanistic Association and a member of 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 over twenty books and over a hundred articles published in Lithuanian and foreign scientific journals.



Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Mercè Bernaus Queralt (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) is a pre-service and in-service teacher trainer at national and international level for various organizations such as an NGO Learn to Change, Change to Learn. Professor Bernaus has extensive expertise in plurilingual and pluricultural education, project-based learning, education for democratic citizenship, inclusion, values and attitudes in education, action research and other fields of education. She has coordinated projects at the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) such as ConBaT+ and Language Educator Awareness (LEA), was engaged in ECML Training and Consultancy programs for member states where she delivered workshops such as ‘Supporting Multilingual Classrooms’. In 2007-2017 Professor was involved in the Pestalozzi programs for education professionals of the Council of Europe as a trainer.


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


Official languages of the conference - Lithuanian & English

Presentation languages - Lithuanian, English, Spanish, French, German, Russian & Latvian


Participation fee (conference packet, coffee-breaks, lunch, 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
    • VMU academic staff, VMU students & members of Scientific and Organizing Committees: 100% discount
    • Social programme: 50 € (Kaunas sightseeing tour – 15€, reception dinner – 35€)

Payment on site is not allowed.

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.