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5th FLTAL Conference started
May 07, 2015

5th FLTAL Conference started

Fifth International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL '15) has started at Burch University.

From 7th to 9th of May International Burch University is a host of International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics FLTAL '15, which has a goal to bring together researchers, practitioners, and educators with interests in a language teaching and linguistics under the theme “Language Assessment for Multilingualism: Promoting Linguistic Diversity and Intercultural Communication ”.

The conference was opened on 7th of May with a welcoming speech, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azamat Akbarov, the main organizer and Chairman of 5th FLTAL Conference, who greeted participants in various languages and expressed his hopes that they will have fruitful work in this years conference. Addressing the guests, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Uzunoğlu, Rector of the University, also welcomed the attendees extending his congratulations to FLTAL '15 Organizing Committee.

Later on the conference opening was continued with addressings of:

- Mr. Elmedin Konaković, Prime Minister of Canton Sarajevo
- Ms. Kerri Hannan, Director of State Department's Office of English Language Programs
- Prof. Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President, Center for Applied Linguistics
- Prof. Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda, President, American Association for Applied Linguistics
- Prof. Dr. Ugo Vlaisavljević, Vice-Rector of University of Sarajeov
- Prof. Dr. Izabela Dankić, Vice-Rector of University of Mostar
- H.E. Stanimir Vukićević, Serbian Ambassador to BiH
- H.E. Iztok Grmek, Slovenian Ambassador to BiH
- H.E. Edward Ferguson, UK Ambassador to BiH
- H.E. Maureen Cormack, U.S. Ambassador to BiH

Right after the keynote speeche of Lourdes Ortega from Georgetown University and Nina Spada from University of Toronto, various sessions of the conference, attended by participants and many guests, started and will keep lasting until during next two days.

FLTAL '15 will be continued tomorrow with keynote speeches of Professors Paul Kei Matsuda from Arizona State University, Adele E. Goldberg from Princeton University, Lydia White from McGill University in Canada, and on Saturday with keynote sessions by Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig from Indiana University, Michael T. Ullman from Georgetown University, as well as with various sessions and presentations of participants.

Program of closing ceremony and concert of BiH music is planned for Saturday evening.

5th FLTAL Conference started

Photo by Hazim Okanović