Bilingualism and interculturality: challenges, limits and solutions.

Over the last decade an array of bilingual programmes has been implemented in Spain and other European countries, each of them with different approaches and in different contexts. At the same time a number of conferences and research seminars have analysed the advances in and advantages of bilingual education regardless of cost. Despite the foregoing, few critical voices have been raised in academic contexts to analyse the real impact of bilingualism in schools and its repercussions for student and teacher needs as well as the school management challenge it creates. There is also a lack of correlation between what families know about bilingualism, what they think about bilingual education, and what they expect from bilingual programs.

This conference attempts not only to analyse more deeply what we know about bilingualism and interculturality but also to stimulate alternatives to the well-documented weaknesses of bilingual education, which have so far been identified more often by the press than by academia. This conference will focus on the lack of development in oral communicative skills and the significance of teaching specialized and technical vocabulary in secondary education which, while useful for dealing with academic subjects, has little impact on general oral communication. The conference will also discuss the danger of not attaining adequate communicative skills in the first language, the absence of intercultural contents or aims, the inadequacy of teaching resources, etc.

This conference sets out to be a forum for a critical analysis and discussion of the aforementioned weaknesses and seeks to provide alternatives which will help solve these and other problems.

Dates and places
From November, 29th 2018 to November, 30th 2018 View schedule


Edificio Humanidades

Pº Senda del Rey, 9.

Ciudad Universitaria. Madrid


Teaching hours
Teaching hours: 20
1 credit ECTS.
The conference provisional programme will be published on September 17th, 2018

Once a proposal has been accepted, payment must be made.
NOTE: In case of co-authorship, only one presenter or participant should register for the conference.

This online process consists of two consecutive phases: registration and payment.
If you need help send an e-mail to

The registration fee must be paid in euros through a secure paying service. Checking for members/doctoral students will be carried out offline. Registration will be confirmed afterwards. Accepted cards for payment are VISA and MasterCard (American Express is NOT accepted)

Payment of the corresponding amount can be made online or by bank transfer to the following bank account and must include your name and the reference on the payment receipt as detailed below:

IBAN: ES45/0049/0001/59/2811481584
Bank reference: BILIN8

Please, send proofs of your payment and doctoral or postgraduate enrolment (for doctoral or postgraduate students) to

To register for the Conference, click the Registration Fee button situated below the table of Prices.

For further information, please contact the organizing committee at the e-mail:

Para matricularse en el curso, pinche sobre el botón "Matrícula online" situado debajo de la tabla de precios.

Prices before October, 2nd 2018

Discount for early registration: Participants who register and complete payment before October, 2nd 2018 (if applicable) will benefit from the FEES listed in the following table.

  Attendees Speakers Speakers (doctoral students & partner institutions) Speakers (postgraduate students)
Fee40 €110 €90 €90 €

Pricing from October, 2nd 2018 (included)

For those who will complete payment from October, 2nd 2018 (if applicable), even if they had registered earlier, the FEES that will apply are those of the following table .

  Attendees Speakers Speakers (doctoral students & partner institutions) Speakers (postgraduate students)
Fee55 €150 €130 €130 €
Directed by
Dr. Rubén Chacón Beltrán
Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, UNED. (Coordinator)
Professor Tony Liddicoat
(University of Warwick)
Professor Pádraig Ó Duibhir
(Dublin City University)
Professor Li Wei
(University College London)


Lengua y Sociedad
Facultad de Filología - UNED
LAE Madrid
Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada
Multilingual Matters
British Council


Fundación UNED
Fundación UNED
c/ Guzmán el Bueno, 133 - Edificio Germania - 1ª planta
28003 Madrid
Teléfono: 91 386 32 02
Fax: 91 386 72 79