TEFL – 7th International Conference on Teaching English as a Foreign Language

TEFL – 7th International Conference on Teaching English as a Foreign Language

  • TEFL7 - Day 1
    9 Novembro, 2018
    9:00 - 21:00
  • TEFL7 - Day 2
    10 Novembro, 2018
    10:00 - 18:00

Conference Programme (provisional)

 TEFL 7: Intercultural language education for increased European identity and cohesion 

Call for papers

The European Commission has been working to establish a ‘European Education Area’ by 2025 and a specific issue under consideration is the learning of languages. Good language competences are seen as key in promoting the European integration process and a sense of European identity. However, as Professor Michael Byram, our keynote speaker, argues, “language teaching does not pay sufficient attention to learners’ cultural competence ‒ and neither does the EU. Linguistic competence is the almost exclusive focus of attention in teaching and, importantly, in assessment”.

We propose TEFL 7 as a platform to reflect on how intercultural language education can address the responsibility of what it means to be European and of dealing with local and global realities, complexities, and perplexities, of belonging to 21st-century communities.

The issues we would like to see discussed at the TEFL 7 conference consider how intercultural language education can play a role in promoting an inclusive and forward-looking Europe by addressing the following strands:

  • Intercultural citizenship education to engage and promote action for change in defence of democratic principles, peace and human rights.
  • The contribution of the digital revolution and European projects such as e-twinning to the development of intercultural communication and dialogue.
  • The role of critical thinking and creativity in developing intercultural competence.
  • How to address sensitive issues and challenge aggressive opinions as part of the intercultural learning process of debating, negotiating, speaking and listening.
  • The integration of intercultural competence in ELT, starting at a young age through university.
  • The integration of intercultural learning in plurilingual approaches and bilingual programmes such as CLIL.
  • The role of instruments proposed by the Council of Europe such as The Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters, The Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters through Visual Media,  and ECML resources in developing intercultural competence.
  • The place of visual literacy in the intercultural language classroom.
  • Benchmarking, testing and assessing the intercultural domain.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 July 2018

Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2018


Abstract Submission Form


  • The official language for the conference, including presentations and  submissions, is English. Each presentation should be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Each keynote talk will take 45 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Since we will have 2 very busy days, it is crucial that every speaker respects his/her time limit.
  • If participants want to move from one auditorium to another, will you please do it during question time and not during presentation time out of courtesy to speakers.
  • The extra day of the Conference on 17 November 2018 is intended for Portuguese teachers only who need to submit a report for evaluation and creditation.
  • An attendance sheet for Portuguese teachers attending for “crédito de formação”will be available permanently at the registration desk and can be signed anytime during the day.
  • A selection of papers, on invitation, will be published in our E-Teals: an e-journal of Teacher Education and Applied Language Studies (peer reviewed) in 2019. Selected authors will be contacted later.

Accommodation (suggestions)

Hotel Zurique

Rua Ivone Silva, 18, 1050-124 Lisboa, Portugal

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Sana Executive

Avenida Conde Valbom, 56 P – 1050-228 Modern building, strategically situated between Praça de Espanha and the Gulbenkian museum. Special fare for TEFL7 participants.

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Vip Executive Barcelona

Rua Laura Alves, 10 P – 1050-138 The closest to FCSH, only 2 minutes walk.

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VIP Berna

Av. António Serpa, 13, 1069-199 Lisboa

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Practical Information

Upon arrival:

At the airport you can catch the Aero Bus (between 7 am and 11 pm): you should stop at CAMPO PEQUENO. The Hotel Zurique is very close to the bus stop, almost on the other side of the road.
The Aerobus ticket will also give you a 25% discount on other Yellow Bus touristic tours (Tagus Tour, Olisipo Tour, Hills Tramcar Tour, Pena Palace Tour, Sintra Tour, Fátima Tour) if these other tour tickets are bought inside the bus or at the main Yellow Bus Station at Praça do Comércio. Please visit:


UNDERGROUND (Metro) from the airport (only 1 change at Saldanha): CAMPO PEQUENO is the closest Metro (Underground) station to the Hotel Zurique (four minute walk).  One Metro Ticket costs 1.50 euro, you may consider buying a one day ticket if you arrive early and want to travel more on that day.

The TAXI fare from the airport to the Hotel Zurich should not cost more than 15 euros. Sometimes, it is quicker to go to departures (right next to arrivals) to get a taxi. If you want to avoid (possible) long queues: just turn right as you come out into the main arrivals hall, keep going, go up the escalator, turn slightly left and go outside, you are outside departures, and there is no queue to get a taxi.

HOTEL AREA: Plenty of local cafes, restaurants, and supermarkets. There is a shopping centre (several restaurants) under the red bullfighting ring/concert hall open until (at least) 10 pm. Close to the underground station (there is an exit/tunnel to the shopping centre) and to the bus stop. In Saldanha (1 underground station away or a 15 minute walk) there are three shopping centres, open until 11 pm.

Once in the city, if you are using the public bus to travel around Lisbon, buy a pass (Zapping) and top it up at any underground (METRO) station, as tickets purchased inside the bus are more expensive.



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Details Price Qty
Presentersshow details + €80,00 (EUR)  
Non-presenters, full conferenceshow details + €90,00 (EUR)  
Non-presenters, one-day attendanceshow details + €50,00 (EUR)  
UNL student (BA, MA, PhD; please include a copy of your valid student card)show details + €25,00 (EUR)  
Teachers of English at FCSH co-operating schools, full conferenceshow details + €50,00 (EUR)  
Conference dinner (add to your conference payment or pay on arrival)show details + €25,00 (EUR)  
Teachers of English at FCSH co-operating schools, one-day attendanceshow details + €25,00 (EUR)  
Free Admission (FCSH co-operating teachers (orientadores de estágio)show details + €0,00 (EUR)  
TEALS membersshow details + €0,00 (EUR)  

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