Studientag  VALS-ASLA 2021

VALS-ASLA Study Day 2021 / Online

The study day on 11 June 2021 focuses on the interrelations between different forms of mobility, language competences and practices, and the education system. One of the main foci is on the mobility of pupils, students and (future) teachers. In the Swiss education system, mobility takes place across school levels in various forms and facets, e.g. in the form of traditional language exchange, study trips, internships in other language regions, student or teacher mobility.

Papers in this interdisciplinary research field are possible and welcome in the following areas:

  • Forms of educational mobility and their relation to the development of linguistic and intercultural competences and repertoires 
  • Multilingual and transcultural practices in mobility scenarios that traditionally focus primarily on a 'target language' or 'target culture’ 
  • Possibilities and limitations of diagnostics and measurement of target-language and multilingual or intercultural competence in the context of mobility
  • Comparison of practices and discourses of short-term mobility (e.g. exchange semesters) and migration as long-term mobility
  • Interrelations between mobility, social discourses and linguistic identities

Registration deadline for participants without presentation: 28 May 2021


Keynote Speakers 

Prof. Dr. Susanne Ehrenreich, Department of Cultural Studies – Anglistics and American Studies, Chair for Applied Linguistics and English Language Education, Technical University of Dortmund

Dr. Àngels Llanes, Lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics, University of Lleida, Catalonia

Responsible for the study day
Dr. Sybille Heinzmann, St.Gallen University of Teacher Education, Institute of Language Teacher Education, Sonnenstrasse 27, 9000 St.Gallen, e-mail:

St.Gallen University of Teacher Education, Hadwig building, Notkerstrasse 27, 9000 St.Gallen

Organizational Structure
One-day event. Two plenary lectures are planned as well as individual papers in two parallel sections. Due to the current COVID situation, it was decided to hold the event online.  The conference languages are German, French, Italian and English.

Guidelines for the Submission of Contributions
For each contribution, an abstract (max. 400 words) must be submitted (excl. bibliography). The following information is required in the abstract:

  • Assignment to two of the five areas mentioned above (1st choice and 2nd choice), e-mail address, name and affiliation, title, bibliography, 3 to 5 keywords.

All contributions must be submitted in electronic form via the following e-mail address:

Conference fees

VALS-ASLA members CHF 20.- 
VALS-ASLA non-members CHF 40.- 
Doctoral students and students free of charge