Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am very pleased to invite you to the 5th WorldCALL Conference, which will be held at the Universidad de Concepción in Concepción, Chile, from 13th to 16th November 2018. This will be the first WorldCALL Conference to take place in Latin America, therefore we thought of CALLing all the CALLers Worldwide to join us, as the theme of the conference proposes.
Chile, which means ‘where the land ends’ in the native Mapuche language, is comprised of a narrow strip of land between the Andes Mountains and Pacific Ocean. Chile’s second largest city Concepción is a former capital and was where the nation declared its independence from Spain in 1818. Today, Concepción is a major center for education, arts, and music and is home to a number of museums, theaters, and other cultural venues. The city is located minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, with its beaches and world-class surfing, and only a couple of hours from ski centers in the Andes Mountains. It is also a gateway to southern Chile’s unspoiled native forests, volcanoes, lakes, and fjords. You can be assured an outstanding stay in this beautiful city and at one of the top universities in Latin America.
Whether you are attending this conference for the first time or have been to other conferences around the world, we hope you enjoy this event. As this will be the first WorldCALL Conference to be held in Latin America, we are confident that you will have an exciting and unique experience and will take home great memories, new resources, and friendships that will help you to further develop the field of CALL in your home country.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Concepción!
Chair, Local Organising Committee WorldCALL 2018