The 32nd Conference of the European Second Language Association

Generally considered the foremost meeting for second language researchers in Europe, the 2023 conference of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA) will bring together for the thirty-second year researchers working on second language acquisition, processing, and use from across the world. The conference will be hosted at the University of Birmingham from 30 August to 2 September 2023.

Keynote speakers

Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen xiaolan curdt christiansen portrait

University of Bath

'What's going on? Policies, repertoires and all that multilingual jazz in families.'

Detmar Meurers Detmar Meurers

University of Tübingen

'Scaling up SLA research in the classroom: Digitally supported randomized controlled field studies'

Andrea Révész Andrea-Revesz portrait

University College London

'Investigating second language speaking and writing processes: A task-based perspective.' 

Jason Rothman Jason-Rothman portrait

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

'Multidimensionality and determinism of individual differences in -lingualism research: Heritage Language Bilingualism as a case in point.'



Registration is now open! You can register via this link, details below on options available.

Early-bird registration (deadline midnight Sunday 11 June, 2023):

  • Student: £180.00
  • Regular: £270.00

Late registration (12 June 2023, onwards)

  • Student: £230.00
  • Regular: £330.00 
  • Deadline to book accommodation is Monday 17 July
  • Deadline for overall registration is Sunday 30 July

University accommodation is offered as part of the registration process at £50 per night (bed and breakfast) at our Vale Village complex.

From 2023, up to ten reduced rate places per conference will be available for retired academic staff with no access to institutional or other means of support (fee = £180.00). 

Retired rates are available up to the early-bird deadline (i.e., 31 May, 2023). If you wish to apply, please send a brief letter to, requesting the retired rate. 

The registration fee covers the following:

  • Attendance at the main conference (31 August to 2 September, 2023)
  • Attendance at the doctoral workshop (30 August, 2023)
  • Attendance at the Roundtable (30 August, 2023)
  • One-year EuroSLA membership 

The conference dinner will be held on the evening of 1 September 2023 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham at a cost of £37, for a three course meal (drinks not included but water will be provided at no charge).

On Saturday afternoon (2 September, 2023), there will also be a tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace and burial place of William Shakespeare. There will be an option to book and pay for this when you register. The price includes coach transport from the university to and from Stratford and the entry fee to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. You will have time to explore the town, stroll through the streets of Stratford, visit the Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare was baptised and where he is buried, maybe have a coffee at one of the many cafés or a pint of beer in one the town’s pubs such as the Old Thatch Tavern. You can also stay in Stratford for the evening and watch “Macbeth” at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or “The Empress” at the Swan Theatre. Please note you would need to book your own theatre tickets and make your own trip back to Birmingham (by train). We won’t be able to reimburse your coach trip back. 

Price (for return coach trip and entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace): £30.50 per person.

Refund policy

  • Up to 14 July: 80% registration fees refunded
  • 15 July to 14 August: 50% registration fees refunded. No refund on hotel rooms.
  • After 15 August: No refund


Please find the skeleton programme with timings for each day. Content will be added and updated to the programme in the coming weeks and months.

Conference Venue 

The University of Birmingham, UK with the conference hub situated in our Aston Webb Great Hall.

Find information on how to travel to the University of Birmingham .

Local Organising Committee 

The local organising committee is an interdisciplinary team from four departments/schools across three colleges: EducationEnglish Language and LinguisticsModern Languages and Psychology.


If you have any questions, please contact us at 

Twitter: @EuroSLA32

Venue and travel

The conference will be based in our Aston Webb Building, at the heart of our university in Chancellor's Court. This is R6 on our university campus map.

Directions to Birmingham and our Edgbaston campus are available on the Getting here page.  

Food and drink

Lunches and refreshments will be provided for conference delegates. There will also be a drinks reception, and the option to register and pay for the conference dinner as part of our registration process.

For more information on food and drink options on and off campus visit our Food and Drink page.  


There are options to book a room on campus during the registration process at £50 per night (bed and breakfast) at our Vale Village complex.

For those who prefer to book a room at on-campus hotels separately, please visit our conferences and events webpages for options at Edgbaston Park Hotel or Peter Scott House.

The University campus is easily accessible by public transport from Birmingham city centre (approx. 10 - 15 mins); we have put together a list of accomodation in Birmingham for all budgets. Please visit our Accommodation page for more information. 


If you attend EuroSLA, you might also want to consider attending the Annual Conference of the British Association for Applied Linguistic (BAAL).