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Sixth International Language Learning Conference
Embracing Cultural Diversity through Language Learning
Menyepadukan Kepelbagaian Budaya melalui Pembelajaran Bahasa
organised by the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, ​USM
2 - 4 Nov 2015 @ Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

The School of Languages, Literacies and Translation at Universiti Sains Malaysia is pleased to announce the Sixth International Language Learning Conference (6th ILLC) 2015. The conference will bring together teachers, educators and scholars to discuss, evaluate and offer new perspectives and directions in language teaching and learning in a rapidly changing world.

Updates - 27th October (click me to expand)


  • Pre-registration and registration during the conference added in 'Registration'

  • Schedule for the conference is up! You can download the file here or via the download section in this page.


  • Abstract submission is closed (July)

  • Accommodation and travels added in 'Venue'

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Current Global Developments

In Malaysia and the globalised world today, the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity cannot be emphasised enough as our capacity to deal with globalised communications, international businesses and the local community requires a deeper understanding and respect for these diversities. The growing recognition of the importance of multilingualism and multiculturalism makes it imperative that these two aspects are given due emphasis in the teaching and learning of languages and indeed, even in thinking about academic language.


This calls for a reconceptualisation of the way language teaching and learning is conceived and accomplished as internationalization creates new challenges and demands that impact on classroom practices and our understanding of literacy. These new demands mean that we have to acknowledge, understand and account for these diversities because effective literacy instruction is built upon cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Understanding and respecting the array of different cultures and languages represented in our classrooms will help educators adopt strategies for teaching languages and literacy that will encourage and support student achievement.


The 6th ILLC will provide a common platform for educators, students, institutions and interested parties to present and discuss research, developments and innovations in the field of language teaching and learning.




The Macalister Ballroom

Level 5, Victory Annexe

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

10 Lebuh Farquhar

10200 Penang


Conference Programme Schedule

You can download the schedule here or via the download section on the right side of this page.

Important Dates

Submission of abstract: 1 March 2015 - 31 July 2015

Submission of full paper: 31 August 2015 
Last day for registration and payment: 30 September 2015

Pictures from previous ILLCs

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