2022 Chicago Language Symposium

Exterior of Rubenstein ForumThe 2022 Chicago Language Symposium will be held on April 23, 2022 on the beautiful University of Chicago campus, located on the city’s south side.

This year’s symposium is focused on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and will discuss topics such as:

  • LSP and the 21st century learner
  • LSP beyond Business and Medicine
  • Articulating LSP courses with existing language sequences
  • Materials for LSP instruction
  • LSP and assessment
  • LSP and experiential learning through internships
  • Outreach and recruitment
  • LCTLs in the context of large language departments
  • The burden – or freedom – of the “one-person show”

A Note about the Symposium Format

Since Northwestern University established Chicago Language Symposium in 1999, it has always been a modest-sized meeting that allowed for a lively and sustained conversation amongst its participants over the course of the Symposium’s sessions. In order to preserve that highly valued aspect of the meeting, in 2022 the Chicago Language Symposium has been conceived as a primarily in-person event. Participants will be able to attend remotely, however opportunities for remote-participant interaction during sessions will be limited (due to the venue). All presenters must attend in-person.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration.

Questions? Contact Cathy Baumann at ccbauman@uchicago.edu.


Immediately preceding the CLS will be the International Symposium on Language for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) and Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Business Language Conference, April 21-22 at the same venue. Attending both events will give participants a comprehensive picture of the current state of the LSP field.


The logos from the four hosts of the Chicago Language Symposium