Welcome to ARLE!

The International Association for Research in L1 Education welcomes researchers, teachers, teacher educators and subject methodology teachers involved in the teaching of all aspects of L1 teaching, including language and literature. Join the association for free and participate in conferences, book publications, newsletters and the research journal L1 - Educational Studies in Language and Literature to exchange the experiences and to learn from other educational cultures.

Read more about ARLE, our mission, and our Board here.

ARLE is since 2014 the continuation of International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education (IAIMTE), established in 1996 by Ken Watson (Australia) and Gert Rijlaarsdam (Netherlands).

ARLE is registered in Germany, at the Amtsgericht (=district court) Hildesheim, under No VR 200959.

14th ARLE Conference

The 14th ARLE conference, the first in the Southern Hemisphere, will combine with IFTE (the International Federation of the Teaching of English). The joint ARLE/IFTE conference will be held at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne, Australia, from 18–22 June 2024 (the first day is a PhD pre-conference, and the final day is a schools and teachers day). Please click here for the full conference website, and here for further info on the ARLE website.

Located in the heart of the city, on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples, this conference will invite dialogue about the role and concepts of place (and displacement), storytelling, identity and agency in L1 research and practice. Post-pandemic, and amidst the increasingly ubiquitous presence of AI in education, the conference will draw attention to access, language, relationality, and technology in L1 Education globally. Conference Chair Professor Larissa McLean Davies, ARLE Chair Professor Nikolaj Elf, and IFTE President Professor Andy Goodwyn and colleagues look forward to welcoming all ARLE and IFTE members to Melbourne!

ARLE SIG Events in 2024

ARLE SIGs are continually working to promote research and learning! Please visit the SIG page to receive updates from your favorite SIGs.

SIG LIT 2024 Brown Bag Lunch Meetings
Please join us for the next Brown Bag Meeting on Friday, April 26, 2024 (10:15 am CEST/ 6:15 pm KST). Please click here for more information.


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