Central Asia Language and Education Conference

Call for Papers

Call for papers: Central Asia Language and Education Conference (CALE)

Abstract submissions are invited to the second Central Asia Language and Education Conference (CALE) to be hosted by KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, via Zoom on May 26-27, 2022. This conference welcomes researchers working on language education, sociolinguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition, TESOL, and related disciplines. Although the conference overall has a special interest in how issues of language and language education play out in Central Asia, papers do not need to be related to Central Asia, and researchers do not need to be based in the region.

The theme of this year’s conference is “English as a Medium of Instruction in Central Asia.” Papers are encouraged to address this theme but not required. We welcome papers related to all topics listed below.


Individual paper presentations should report on original research by one or more authors. Individual papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for discussion.

First authors, presenters, and other attending participants must register for the conference. Each participant may submit only one abstract as the first or sole author, but can be a second, or subsequent, co-author of another paper or papers.

The working languages of the conference will be English, Kazakh, and Russian. Plenary talks will be held in English, but abstracts may be submitted in any of the three working languages.

The conference fee will be free of charge but registration is required.

The conference will take place online, but – local conditions permitting – we will have an in-person reception at 19:00 on May 26 for registered participants in Almaty. More information about this reception will be provided after registration.

Papers presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in the journal Language, Culture, Environment (https://www.kimep.kz/lcej/). Further information about publication opportunities is forthcoming.

For further information please see the conference website: https://www.kimep.kz/college-humanities-education/en/che-conference/



Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words (including any references) and submitted in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format to cale2020@kimep.kz by 23:59 on 4 April 2022, East Kazakhstan Time (GMT +6).

Abstracts should address the theoretical basis, methodology, data, and significance of the research.

Abstract topics may include:

  • Language teaching, applied linguistics
  • Language acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Formal linguistics
  • Education and language policy
  • Language and literacy
  • Teaching literature and culture
  • Translation studies


Important Dates

Closing date for abstract submissions: April 4, 2022
Notifications of acceptance: mid April, 2022
Conference dates: May 26-27, 2022
In-person reception: May 26 at 19:00, precise location TBA

Plenary speakers

Simon Borg, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Bridget Goodman, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Andrew Linn, University of Westminster, UK
Juldyz Smagulova, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan

Organizing Committee (KIMEP)

Kara Fleming
Juldyz Smagulova
Askat Tleuov
Ariya Azamatova
Kamiya Abdulkhakimova


Conference 2022 Theme: English as a Medium of Instruction in Central Asia
Plenary speakers
Simon Borg, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Bridget Goodman, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Andrew Linn, University of Westminster, UK
Juldyz Smagulova, KIMEP University, KazakhstanOrganizing Committee (KIMEP)Kara Fleming
Juldyz Smagulova
Askat Tleuov
Ariya Azamatova
Kamiya Abdulkhakimova
Mariya Nurdinova


Registration for CALE 2022 is now open. The conference is free to attend but registration is required. Participants can register here: https://forms.gle/DizAcZwa32GR3huD6

Although the conference takes place online, we will be holding an in-person reception on May 26 at 19:00 at KIMEP University for participants who are in or able to travel to Almaty. Please indicate in your registration whether you plan to attend. There is no cost to attend the reception but RSVP is required.

The conference program will be sent to registered participants on May 10. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference on May 26-27!


The conference will take place over two days, May 26-27. The preliminary program will be updated in April 2022.

Venue and Travel

The conference will be hosted at KIMEP University, an English-medium, American-style university in beautiful Almaty, Kazakhstan. We are one of the leading universities in Central Asia and have a lovely, recently renovated campus in a central part of Almaty. There are many cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, and other shops within easy walking distance of the university, and Almaty generally is a safe and very walkable city.

The nearest airport is Almaty International Airport (ALA), which is connected by direct flight to a number of cities in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur. The airport is located 15 km from Almaty city center and downtown is reachable by taxi, at a cost of approximately 2000 – 3000 tenge ($5.50 – 9.00 USD) for a ride lasting 25 – 40 minutes.

Kazakhstan has visa-free entry for up to 30 days for citizens of 45 countries (listed here: https://www.kazakhembus.com/content/visa-free-regime-info-non-us-citizens). Citizens of other countries must apply for a tourist visa through their local Kazakh embassy. KIMEP can assist with this process / securing letters of invitation if required.

Local travel and daily costs are inexpensive in Almaty – if participants stay at nearby hotels, they can easily walk to the university, take public transportation (80 tenge / ticket – $0.20 USD), or order taxis through apps like Uber or Yandex (available in English and other languages) – average rides within Almaty city center are usually between 400 – 800 tenge / $1-2 USD. There are a range of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores near the university – a meal in a restaurant typically ranges from 1000 – 4000 tenge ($2.70 – $11 USD).


There are a number of accommodation options in Almaty within close distance of KIMEP to suit a wide variety of budgets. More detailed information about accommodation will be updated in January 2020.