2022 Chicago Language Symposium

Languages for Specific Purposes: Reframing the Aims of Language Instruction

April 23, 2022

Hyde Park, Chicago

2022 Chicago Language Symposium

The 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
  • Assessing LSP courses and learners
  • LSP beyond Business and Medicine
  • How LSP courses “upskill” our students
  • LSP and its uneasy relationship with the academy

Register Now – $35, in-person or remote

Call for Proposal – Deadline: Feb 1st

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
  • will allow for participants 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.

Rubenstein Forum in the evening


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. Learn more at the conference website.


We are VERY pleased to announce that the conference will be held at the brand new David Rubenstein Forum on the campus of the University of Chicago. You can get a glimpse of this beautiful space in the gallery of images below.

Logos for CLS language centers