Constructionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy

The conference will be held in Erlangen, Germany, for 3 days: from March 18th to March 20th, 2024.

! Note that this conference was originally advertised under the title of CALP4 Constructionist Approaches to Language Learning and Proficiency for October 2023, but it had to be moved to the dates given here.

While Construction Grammar has been gaining a lot of ground in theoretical linguistics, it has not yet made its way into teaching materials and the discussion of methodology in foreign language teaching to the extent that would seem desirable. Continuing the tradition established by previous CALP conferences (Brussels 2013, Basel 2015, and Austin/Texas 2018), CALP4 will have papers on:

  • applications of Construction Grammar to foreign language learning
  • new research on the learning of constructions
  • contrastive (i.e. cross-linguistic) research on constructions in different languages
  • reports of construction-based classroom teaching
  • design of teaching materials and textbooks
  • and similar topics.

Talks should be no longer than 20 minutes (+ 8 minutes for discussion). Please send us an abstract of 150 – 200 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be submitted to before October 31st, 2023.

The programme will be uploaded once all the abstracts have been evaluated.


A special workshop for language teachers will be arranged by Prof. Dirk Siepmann and Prof. Thorsten Piske.

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Adele E. Goldberg

Professor of Psychology, Princeton University

Constructions are categories.

  • Prof. Gaëtanelle Gilquin

Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Co-chair Centre of English Corpus Linguistics, Université catholique de Louvain

Constructing learner writing: On the study of constructions in L2 writing processes.

  • Prof. Juliana Goschler

Professur für Deutsch als Fremdsprache / Deutsch als Zweitsprache, Universität Oldenburg


  • Prof. Anatol Stefanowitsch

Professor für die Struktur des heutigen Englisch an der Freien Universität Berlin

Learning L2 constructions, does it work and does it matter?

  • Prof. Dirk Siepmann

Professor für Englische Fachdidaktik, Universität Osnabrück

Language work in the classroom (English/French as a foreign language)

Conference organization

Prof. Thorsten Piske

Lehrstuhl für Fremdsprachendidaktik mit Schwerpunkt Didaktik des Englischen,

Friedrich-Alexander- Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Prof. Thomas Herbst

FAU Senior Professor of English Linguistics,

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Organizing committee

Yassine Iabdounane, Graduate School of Dimensions of Constructional Space, FAU

Iryna Fokashchuk, Graduate School of Dimensions of Constructional Space, FAU

Scientific committee

­­­Prof. Linnéa Bäckström, University of Gothenburg

Prof. Hans C. Boas, University of Austin

Dr. Martje Wijers, University of Amsterdam

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