Reflection and Metalinguistic Awareness in the Language Teaching Process

Reflection and Metalinguistic Awareness in the Language Teaching Process

4th – 5th April 2024 – Università degli Studi di Perugia

8th April 2024 – Università di Pisa


Call for papers – Español

Call for papers – Italiano

Call for papers – Português

The International Conference “Reflection and Metalinguistic Awareness in the Language Teaching Process” results from the activities conducted by the Research on Education and Language Teaching (RELATE) group. This research network, founded in 2023, gather researchers from Brazil, Italy, Portugal, and United States. The first conference organized by RELATE on March 2023 at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy) developed the theme “Metalinguistics Awareness role on learning Portuguese as a Foreign Language”.

This second conference aims to promote debate on reflection and metalinguistic competence in the language teaching and learning process and bring together scholars and teachers of foreign language (L2/FL), heritage language (HL) and mother language (L1) and researchers interested and concerned within this central theme. In this context, the focus is on the analysis of metalinguistic activities mainly from the perspective of the cognitive and metacognitive processes underlying them and not simply as spontaneous linguistic implications of self-referentiality in a metalinguistic discourse that contains definitions and uses the identification of labels to categorize formal aspects of the language.

This international conference accepts contributions presenting different theoretical and/or methodological approaches on the topic and/or sharing experiences about teaching and research practices aimed to encourage students to act consciously and reflectively through metalinguistic operations and support the development of the capacity for analysis and intentional control in the use of the different known linguistic systems.

The conference will take place in the two organizing universities: on April 4th and 5th, 2024 at the Università degli Studi di Perugia and on April 8th, 2024, at the University di Pisa.

Call for papers

Communication proposals can be sent until February 29th, 2024 to relate2024@gmail.com, and must indicate: title, abstract (up to 1000 characters, references excluded) bibliographic references (up to five). The outcome of the selection process will be communicated by March 5th.


Researchers interested in publishing the contribution presented at the conference must send the complete version, written in Portuguese, Italian or English, to relate2024@gmail.com , by July 15 that 2024. Contributions sent will undergo a selection and review process by the Congressional Scientific Committee.

 Scientific Committee:

Diana Peppoloni (Università degli Studi di Perugia), Eloisa Pilati (Universidade de Brasília), Katia de Abreu Chulata (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara), Janaína Weissheimer (Universidade – Federal do Rio Grande do Norte), Julio William Curvelo Barbosa (Universidade Estadual do Paraná), Marco Paone (Università degli Studi di Perugia), Maria do Carmo Lourenço-Gomes (Universidade do Minho), Mariagrazia Russo (Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma), Monica Lupetti (Università di Pisa), Monique Carbone Cintra (Università per Stranieri di Siena), Paula de Paiva Limão (Università degli Studi di Perugia), Paulo Osório (Universidade da Beira Interior), Rafael Dias Minussi (Universidade Federal de São Paulo), Thayse Leticia Ferreira (Universidade Estadual do Paraná), Vanessa Castagna (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Vera Lúcia de Oliveira (Università degli Studi di Perugia).

Organizer Committee:

Ana Luiza Oliveira de Souza, Diana Peppoloni, Eloisa Pilati, Matteo Migliorelli, Marco Paone, Monica Lupetti, Paula De Paiva Limão.


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