Call for papers "Success and Failure in Languages for Specific Purposes"

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Call for papers for volume XXXIV N°2 of of the magazine "Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes" ("Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spécialité") on the theme "Success and Failure in Languages for Specific Purposes" is available at the following address:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 June 2014 (see below).

Best regards,
Linda Terrier
Senior Lecturer
English Linguistics and Didactics
Laboratoire CAS, EA 801
Université Toulouse 2-Le Mirail (France)

Success and Failure in Languages for Specific Purposes

What does the term "success" mean in the field of LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes)? What do we mean by "failure"? If the concepts of success and failure seem to be interdependent, are they mutually exclusive? Is failure a necessary step on the route to success? And in the pursuit of excellence, which has become one of the major stakes in higher education since the Bologna Process (1999 & 2003) and the Lisbon Strategy (2000), is failure for some necessary for the success of others? Does this last statement imply the creation of an elite with "good", "less good" and "bad" institutions, teachers and students.

Since no aspect of higher education seems exempt from assessment any longer, has the time come to reaffirm that success and failure are relative, even arbitrary concepts? How should we define them? How should we measure them? How should we take them into account to improve teaching programmes in higher education?

This issue of Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spécialité ( will provide the opportunity for teachers and researchers to explore the question of success and failure in teaching, learning and assessment the field of LSP.

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Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 June 2014 (long abstract with some bibliographical references - 3000 signs not incl. bibliography, Word file)

Notification of results: 15 July 2014

Deadline for submission of full paper if accepted: 15 September 2014

Should your submission be accepted, you will be required to strictly follow the guidelines for authors to be found on the Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spécialité website at