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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that The International Conference on Teaching Languages to Young Learners will be held in Ephesus, Turkey on 16-18 May, 2017. This conference will be organized as part of the “SBATEYL: A Web and School-based Professional Development Project for Foreign Language Teachers of Young Learners” funded by the European Commission under Erasmus + Key Action 2 program (please visit the project web site for further information: www.sbateyl.org).

Teaching foreign or second languages to young language learners have been a growing interest in recent years around the globe. In many countries, governments started initiatives to teach languages at an earlier age to children and to introduce new language teaching approaches in primary schools. However, problems have been continuously reported from across the globe specifically due to the difficulties rooted in inadequate language teacher education, which fell short to prepare teachers to address the specific needs of young learners. In many educational contexts, it was noted that either teachers are general practitioners with no special education to teach languages to children or language teachers who have taught languages to adults for years, thus not familiar with young learners.

We are therefore pleased to organize The International Conference on Teaching Languages to Young Learners to bring theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners together to discuss the issues surrounding the area of early language teaching. We would like to welcome researchers, teacher educators, ESL/EFL experts, and practitioners from across the globe to submit papers to report their research findings; explore issues related to early language teaching; and share their classroom practices to foster the professional development of early language teachers and accordingly their classroom teaching practices in primary schools.

We are also glad to have very distinguished scholars in the area of child second language acquisition, early language teaching and learning as plenary speakers in our conference. The plenary speakers are:

Helena Curtain, University of Wisconsin, USA
Belma Haznedar, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Fiona Copland, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Graham Hall, Northumbria University, United Kingdom 
Yasemin Kırkgöz, Çukurova University, Turkey

Hope to see you in Ephesus in May!

Conference Chair
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hacer Hande Uysal

The ancient city of Ephesus has an extensive history, much of which can still be seen and appreciated through the ruins. Some of these are well preserved, others will require some imagination. The site is located just 3 km from Selçuk and is quite extensive so visitors should allow plenty of time.

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