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AULC 2017


The 2017 AULC Conference, in association with Rosetta Stone, will be hosted by the Language Centre at Queen's. The event will take place at Queen's Riddel Hall Belfast on 12th & 13th of January 2017.

The conference aims to provide an opportunity to consider various themes over 2 days and to share expertise and ideas.

The AULC AGM will also take place during the conference, on the Friday morning, an opportunity for all AULC members to shape the Association which represents us.


Conference Theme

'The Multilingual University: Inspiring teachers, transforming learners'.

AULC LogoSub-themes will include:

  • Blended learning, eLearning; languages and technology
  • Building bridges in language and culture outside the classroom
  • Inspiring teachers, transforming learners
  • Enhancing professional competence
  • Ensuring quality in teaching and learning (including assessment)

The Language Centre at Queen's looks forward to welcoming all our colleagues in January 2017!

Link to Presentations

Presentations will be accessible from the following page as soon as they have been made available to the team at The Language Centre at Queen's.  Click on the details button to the right to view current list.



A final version of the AULC 2017 Conference programme is now available.  The programme is structured around the main theme of the conference, containing a mix of plenary talks, parallel sessions, discussion and networking opportunities.  Call for Papers is now closed (deadline was midnight Friday 25th November).

Abstracts are also now available online.



Registration is now CLOSED.  Final date for registration was Tuesday 20th December 2016 at 4pm.

The conference is FREE to attend for all staff in member institutions of the Association of University Language Centres

Non-members from interested, not-for-profit organisations are also welcome to attend and will be charged a small fee. There will be a Banquet Dinner on Thursday 12th January 2017 for which there is a charge of £25 (including VAT)This can be booked as part of your registration for the event.  




Financial Support

Submission of Financial support applications has now ended, as of 2nd December 2016.

Financial support is available to new delegates from AULC member institutions who have never attended an AULC conference before and who may not have access to funding for professional development. The AULC will cover the costs of up to two nights in a hotel selected by the AULC, as well as the cost of the conference dinner, for up to a maximum of 10 applicants. Unfortunately, the AULC cannot support travelling costs.
Please download and complete the form below, and email it to Mark Critchley or alternatively, send by post to:  

Mark Critchley, Director, Centre for Foreign Language Study, School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Durham University, Rm 219, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT


Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor David Johnston, School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Janice Carruthers, School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Libor Stepanek, Masaryk University Language Centre (CJV) 


Conference Venue

The AULC 2017 conference will be held at Queen's Riddel Hall in Belfast.  Riddel Hall is the Executive Education Centre within Queen’s University, housing the newly founded William J Clinton Leadership Institute, the University Management School, NICPLD and the Institute of Directors. It is a state of the art conference and teaching centre which offers free wifi for delegates and first class audio visual and IT facilities throughout the building.


Travel Information

‌Most conference delegates will arrive to Belfast by air.  For information on how to get to Belfast by Air, Rail or Road, please follow the link for more details. 



If you wish to book overnight accommodation, the Language Centre at Queen's has negotiated conference rates with a number of hotels located close to the University. Please mention, when booking, that you are attending AULC Conference to receive discounted rates.



We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following organisations for their continued generosity and support (click the logo to learn more about each contributor's organisation):


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Conference Hashtag

For those who Tweet, please use the following hashtag  #AULC2017  to tweet during workshops, add your burning questions, share key points and resources and to network with others, before and during the conference.


Contact Us

If you have any queries about the upcoming AULC Conference in January 2017, please feel free to get in touch with any one of the following Language Centre members.  

Liza Zamboglou

028 9097 6244

Thomas Smith

028 9097 6137

Liang Wang

028 9097 6225

Brenda Davis

028 9097 6166


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Where to Find Us

The Language Centre at Queen's, The McClay Library, Belfast, BT7 1LP

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