LTF 2020

2020 is the 40th anniversary year for LTF! 

LTF 2020 will be an online event on the afternoon of Friday 27th November. This will mark the start of a year of 40th anniversary celebrations, culminating with LTF 2021 in Lancaster. 

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Below is an outline programme for the event. Note that the UKALTA AGM will be held separately to the main LTF conference this year on Thursday 3rd December from 1-2pm. Members and non-members alike are welcome, if you wish to join, please click to register for the AGM via Eventbrite


LTF 2020 outline programme


Session details


(doors  1.45)

Welcome and opening remarks 

Lynda Taylor (UKALTA President)


Invited plenary talk:

The picture for languages in the UK in 2020: the view from UCML (University Council of Modern Languages)

with guest speakers:

Professor Claire Gorrara, Dean of Research Environment and Culture and Professor of French (Cardiff University), and Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML)

Dr James Illingworth, Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in French (University of Leicester and De Montfort University) and Project Coordinator at UCML


Panel discussion

with representatives from our ‘sister’ associations in the field:

  • Judith Mader (chair) – IATEFL TEASIG
  • Dr Mark Griffiths – BAAL TEASIG
  • Fiona Orel – BALEAP TAFSIG
  • Dr Benjamin Kremmel – UKALTA

The panel will discuss some of the issues our associations face as a result of the global pandemic and explore where we might go from here.


Refreshment break

to include a photo-montage of LTF over the decades and messages from our sponsoring organisations


Postgraduate presentations

3-minute, 3-slide presentations of research from Masters and PhD students (including recently completed PhDs) 


‘In conversation with…

A series of short video interviews conducted recently with senior figures from our field as they reflect on 4 decades of LTA in the UK, including the role of LTF 1980-2020.

  • Professor Liz Hamp-Lyons (1980s)
  • Dr Nick Saville (1990s)
  • Professor Anthony Green (2000s)
  • Professor Tineke Brunfaut (2010s)


Quiz time! Language testing “across the years”

Hosted by John Pill


Final remarks and close