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, “Connections and Disruptions - Unsettling L1 Education: Intersections of Place, Identity and Technology,” the first in the Southern Hemisphere, will combine with IFTE (the International Federation for the Teaching of English). The ARLE/IFTE conference will be held at the University of Melbourne, Australia, at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education from 21-24 June 2024 (the first day is a PhD pre-conference). Please click here for the full conference website, and here for info about the conference theme, proposal formats, and key dates. Please submit your proposal on the ARLE conference platform here. Note that to submit a proposal you need to be an ARLE member.

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, IFTE President Professor Andy Goodwyn and colleagues look forward to welcoming all ARLE and IFTE members to Melbourne!

ARLE SIG Events in 2023

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

SIG Dialog Online Meeting: 12 June 2023
Please join our online meeting of the ARLE SIG Dialogic Teaching and Learning to explore the interest level in this SIG about a dialogical approach to L1 and the types of formats for the SIG work meet these interests. The meeting will take place on Zoom on Monday, June 12th, 2023, at 13-15 hours (1-3 PM) Copenhagen time. (Zoom link to the event). Please click here for the full invitation and agenda.

SIG TALE Symposium: 19-22 June 2023
The Technology and Literacy Education Special Interest Group (SIG TALE) is pleased to invite participation in an upcoming symposium entitled Continuity/Change - Technology and Literacy Education. Please click here for more information and the First Call for Papers.

Fifth Eduling Biannual Meeting,
29-30 June, 2023

Welcome to the 5th Eduling Meeting, an academic event with paper sessions, keynote conferences, and lively discussions in the vibrant city of Barcelona. The theme will be Grammar Teaching and Learning: Challenges and Opportunities. Please see the conference website for details.

SIG ROLE Seminar: 20-22 September 2023
The Call for Papers is now open for the SIG Literacies: Research on Literature Education 2023 seminar in Berlin, Germany. The topic for the seminar will be Literary development reconsidered: Perceiving literary education in an ethical frame. For details and the Call for Papers, please click here.

SIG LIT Symposium: 11-13 October 2023
SIG Literacies: Reading, Writing and Oracies has announced their 2023 symposium in Patras, Greece, on Emergent and Developing Literacy. For details and the Call for Papers, please click here. You may register through the ARLE Conference platform. Click here to register.


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