METM24 call for proposals

Crossroads: coming together, crafting the future

The call for proposals is now closed. Thank you for your submissions, which are now undergoing peer review.


For METM24, we’re interested in hearing what happens when people reach a crossroads in their work. How are ideas, partnerships and professional practices engendered or revitalized? What fruitful approaches can language professionals adopt, alone or together, to craft their future? How can new knowledge, connections and technologies spur growth, create community or improve resilience?

In a nod to our host city of Carcassonne, we also invite presentations on aspects of the languages and cultures of France that are relevant to language professionals who work with those languages or have clients in France.

As ever, we welcome proposals that respond to MET’s broad interest in helping language professionals who work with English improve the quality of their services and their ability to respond to clients’ diverse needs. Typical METM presentations describe promising practices, provide knowledge updates or report research findings.

Specifically, we invite proposals in the following areas:

  • Language and applied linguistics
  • Subject-matter expertise
  • Business practices
  • Interactive sessions
  • Languages and cultures of France

To explore the scope of topics covered at past METMs, browse the Past conferences pages of our website.

Priority will be given to original proposals that express a clear take-home message and explain the relevance of the presentation to our members.

MET is a non-profit, English-language, knowledge-sharing and peer-training network. We encourage submissions from both seasoned and novice presenters with expertise to share.

Members and non-members are welcome to submit a proposal. Non-members whose submissions are accepted may wish to join MET before registering for METM24 to benefit from the additional discount for members.

15 February 2024

If you need a few extra days, write to Oliver Shaw before the deadline to ask if an extension is possible.

  • Presentations by one or two people
  • Panel discussions with a moderator and two to four panellists
  • Interactive sessions with audience participation, guided by one or two hosts
  • Three-hour workshops organized off-programme. If you have a workshop proposal, contact Mary Savage directly. (Do not use the submission form.)

Standalone presentations are 30 or 45 minutes, including time for discussion. Presentations of other lengths may also be considered.

In 200 to 300 words, describe the what, why, how and who of your presentation:

  • What are we going to hear and see? (Introduce your topic.)
  • Why do we need to hear or see it? (Describe the problem or question you will address.)
  • How exactly is it going to be said or shown to us? (Explain the structure of your talk. If you will be using examples in or excerpts from languages other than English in your presentation, tell us which languages. If tools are the focus, specify operating systems and supported languages.)
  • Who should attend? (Specify whether your topic is for all comers or a narrower audience, e.g. newcomers, editors, people working in particular language pairs, subject experts, etc.)

All abstracts accepted for peer review will be separately evaluated by two reviewers in a double-blind process. We may ask you for additional details or revisions prior to or during peer review.

No final decisions on programme content will be made until all abstracts have been reviewed and evaluated (April-May 2024).

Before you write your abstract, read the submission form to check on word and character limits and other requirements for your take-home message, speaker bio, etc.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to follow MET’s slide checklist and presentation guidelines.

Before you write your abstract, read the submission form to check on word and character limits and other requirements for your take-home message, speaker bio, etc.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to follow MET’s slide checklist and presentation guidelines.

Accepted speakers register for METM24 at a discounted rate. MET does not cover speakers’ travel, accommodation or other expenses.

Any other questions?

If you’d like to discuss your proposal before submitting it, write to Oliver Shaw, content coordinator. To propose a pre-conference workshop, write to Mary Savage, CPD chair.