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2.4 Language conferences

Language conferences are becoming more popular around the world, and are more friendly and accessible than you might think. In addition to more formal, academic conferences, there are many language-related events designed to promote language learning to the general public. Conferences are special because they generate an unbeatable and often long-lasting sense of camaraderie among attendees.

Personally speaking, I have met many good friends, and generated endless motivation to learn, from attending various conferences and I can highly recommend the experience.

Three examples of include the Polyglot Conference [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , the Polyglot Gathering, and the Montreal Language Festival.

Tip: Try searching for ‘language conference + city + year’ and see what comes up. Be prepared to dig around a little.

Activity 1 Identifying what support you need to stay motivated

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Do you feel you have enough support to help you stay motivated in your language learning? Is there anything that’s missing? Try to identify one thing that would help increase your commitment to the language, and explain it below.

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Activity 2 Search for communities

Timing: Allow about 30 minutes

Of the online resources listed above, which would be most beneficial right now? Spend up to 30 minutes or so searching for communities online or in your local area that might interest you.


Your answer will of course depend on your language needs, your interests, and whether you prefer a face-to-face experience or one online. You might find that it is worth trying out several options first before you decide which one is right for you.