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, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere, will be held at the University of Melbourne, 21-24 June, 2024, (first day PhD pre-conference) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Located in the heart of 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 and belonging in L1 research. It will draw attention to issues of access, identity and plurilingualism in L1 Education globally. Conference Chair Professor Larissa McLean Davies and the ‘local’ team of ARLE colleagues from Universities in Victoria and NSW look forward to welcoming all ARLE 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 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 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.


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