Specialized language teaching in the era of globalisation

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Integration processes, rapid flow of information, dizzying technological advances, intensive development of multinational corporations, free movement of people, hybrid social practices, and so on, are complex processes occurring on a global scale, and are indicative of increasing globalisation (Sassen 2009). The combination of these global trends and their local conditions has not yet been the subject of much consideration in the context of foreign language teaching. It is worth recalling that such issues accompanied the proceedings of the FIPF conference held in 2014, which was also reflected in the post-conference publication (edited by Babault et al. 2014), and in particular in several texts discussing theoretical issues concerning scales and norms (Castellotti, Hurver, Narcy-Combes) and highlighting the need for greater diversity of outlooks and methods in the field of language teaching. It must be stressed, however, that the works cited did not refer to professional/specialist learners, but to foreign language teaching in general.

The last 20 years have also seen the emergence of other issues that have been bothering language teachers more than ever before. It is now possible to identify around ten so-called languages of international communication (Cerquiglini 2019), which are often used for communication in areas geographically very distant from their ‘birth’ place. This situation raises a number of questions regarding the teaching of specialised languages. How do we define a specialised language? What kind of communicative practices should we relate it to? Which of these practices should be  regarded as the most representative: those of the cradle country of a given language, those of emerging countries with dynamic demographics where the number of speakers of a given language is growing, or those of countries with strong economic expansion in languages other than their own? Is it still possible to speak of a specialist language in the singular in a global world? Beyond local lexical and phonological differences, is there a single universal Business English, français de la mode or français médical at the level of discourse and communication?

The conference will be held in a hybrid format. Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Call for Papers Call for proposals

Submissions with proposed paper titles together with abstracts (300 words) should be sent to: lsp.globalisation@gmail.com by 20 July 2021. The submission should also include the speaker’s name, affiliation and email address. Paper proposals may be formulated in English or French.


Invited Speakers:

Dr hab. Elżbieta Gajewska, prof. UP 





Prof. Dr. Christian Efing





Jean-Marc Mangiante





Cédric Sarré





Virginie André

website : https://perso.atilf.fr/VirginieAndre/




Prof. Hervé Adami





07 - 08 Oct 2021


08:00 - 18:00


Centre Scientifique Académie Polonaise des Sciences
74, rue Lauriston – 75116 Paris


Centre Scientifique Académie Polonaise des Sciences


Université Marie Curie-Sklodowska