Welcome to ARLE!

The International Association for Research in L1 Education welcomes researchers, teachers, teacher educators and subject methodology teachers involved in the teaching of all aspects of L1 teaching, including language and literature. Join the association for free and participate in conferences, book publications, newsletters and the research journal L1 - Educational Studies in Language and Literature to exchange the experiences and to learn from other educational cultures.

Read more about ARLE, our mission, and our Board here.

ARLE is since 2014 the continuation of International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education (IAIMTE), established in 1996 by Ken Watson (Australia) and Gert Rijlaarsdam (Netherlands).

ARLE is registered in Germany, at the Amtsgericht (=district court) Hildesheim, under No VR 200959.

14th ARLE Conference

The 14th ARLE conference, the first in the Southern Hemisphere, will combine with IFTE (the International Federation of the Teaching of English). The joint ARLE/IFTE conference will be held at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne, Australia, from 18–22 June 2024 (the first day is a PhD pre-conference, and the final day is a schools and teachers day). Please click here for the full conference website, and here for further info on the ARLE website.

The third and final Call for Symposia and Papers (deadline 1 December 2023) may be accessed here. Please submit your proposal on the ARLE conference platform. Note that to submit a proposal you need to be an ARLE member. You can register – freely – as an ARLE member on the ARLE conference platform.

Located in the heart of the city, on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong peoples, this conference will invite dialogue about the role and concepts of place (and displacement), storytelling, identity and agency in L1 research and practice. Post-pandemic, and amidst the increasingly ubiquitous presence of AI in education, the conference will draw attention to access, language, relationality, and technology in L1 Education globally. Conference Chair Professor Larissa McLean Davies, ARLE Chair Professor Nikolaj Elf, and IFTE President Professor Andy Goodwyn and colleagues look forward to welcoming all ARLE and IFTE members to Melbourne!

ARLE SIG Events in 2023

ARLE SIGs are continually working to promote research and learning! Please visit the SIG page to receive updates from your favorite SIGs.

SIG LIT Symposium: 11-13 October 2023
SIG Literacies: Reading, Writing and Oracies has announced their 2023 symposium in Patras, Greece, on Emergent and Developing Literacy. For details, please click here. You may register through the ARLE Conference platform. Click here to register.


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