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The Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at
Manoa is pleased to announce. . .

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

31st Annual Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)
October 17-19, 2008
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/slrf08/

ONLINE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN! (See Call for Proposals
section for complete details and instructions for proposal submissions)

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 15, 2008
Notification of selection: Mid-May 2008

Theme: EXPLORING SLA: PERSPECTIVES, POSITIONS, AND PRACTICES

Plenary speakers:
– Dr. Harald Clahsen (University of Essex)
– Dr. Alan Firth (Newcastle University)
– Dr. Eva Lam (Northwestern University)
– Dr. Richard Schmidt (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

We welcome all areas of second language research, including, but not
limited to:
– Instructed SLA
– Acquisition of grammar and phonology
– Child SLA
– L2 Processing
– Language and learner characteristics
– Language and cognition
– Discourse and interaction
– Language and socialization
– Bilingualism and multilingualism
– Language and ideology
– Literacy development
– Learner corpora
– Language learning and technology
– Second language measurement

1) PAPERS:
Individual papers will be allotted 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for
discussion).

2) POSTERS:
Posters will be displayed for a full day. Posters are intended for
one-on-one discussion or reports of work in progress.

3) COLLOQIUA:
The colloquia/panels consist of individual paper presentations that relate
to a specific or related topics of interest. They are offered in 2-hour
sessions.

Please see our website for complete proposal submission instructions and
additional updates: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/slrf08/.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2008.

For any proposal submission questions, please contact the SLRF 2008
Program Chairs at slrf2008program@gmail.com

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Call for contributions: 2009 AAUSC Volume

Editor: Virginia M. Scott, Vanderbilt University
Series Editor: Carl Blyth, University of Texas at Austin

1. Title
Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education

2. Scope and Focus
There has been limited attention given to the role of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century in college-level foreign language (FL) teaching and learning. Although preparation of K-12 teachers generally requires familiarity with both national and state standards documents, college-level teachers are often unaware of or uninformed about them. Moreover, graduate students preparing for college-level teaching often encounter only superficial mention of the Standards in their methods courses and supervised teaching. Given that a decade has passed since the publication of the Standards, and given that the Standards shape professional discourse progressively more each year, we consider this topic particularly timely. In this volume we want to focus on the theoretical underpinnings and application of the Standards at the college level, particularly among language program coordinators, language and literature teachers, and graduate teaching assistants. In keeping with the mission of AAUSC, we will seek a wide variety of languages and perspectives, and a broad range of scholars and practitioners. We are especially interested in co-authored papers that reflect collaborative work among colleagues with different kinds of responsibilities, such as language and literature teachers, or language supervisors and graduate teaching assistants.

3. Suggestions for Possible Topics

* The conceptual orientation of the Standards: Is the theoretical framework conceptualized in such a way that it addresses the needs of college-level FL study? Are any of the 5 Cs more or less relevant to the college level? Do the Standards have a role to play in responding to the June 2007 MLA report entitled “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World”?

* Implications of the Standards for language and literature classes; for the FL major: In what ways can the Standards serve to bridge the gap between language and literature teachers / courses? What role do the Standards play in courses for special purposes, such as Spanish for business or medical French? How can the Standards inform / shape the goals of the FL major?

* Preparation of graduate students who plan to teach at the college level: How do/did language supervisors and methods teachers learn about the Standards-from some kind of orientation workshop or by reading and interpreting them on their own? What is being done in FL methods courses? How do current methods textbooks address the goals of the Standards? What strategies might be effective in helping graduate teaching assistants and novice teachers understand and implement the goals of the Standards.

* The role of the Standards for programmatic as well as for classroom assessment: What kinds of Standards-based assessments might be used in evaluating FL programs? FL teachers? Do the skills-based ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines have a role to play in a Standards-based curriculum?

4. Timeline

The deadline for abstracts for the 2009 volume is March 1, 2008. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words. Potential contributors will receive feedback on their abstracts by April 15, 2008. Full-length manuscripts will be due by September 1, 2008; authors will receive reviewers’ comments by November 1, 2008. Final manuscripts accepted for the volume will be due on February 15, 2009. We encourage authors to consider presenting their papers at the 2008 ACTFL conference, November 20-23, in Orlando, FL.

Please direct all inquiries to Virginia M. Scott:

virginia.m.scott@vanderbilt.edu

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center
at the University of Illinois-Chicago

together with

The Center for the Study of Languages
at the University of Chicago

and

The Council on Language Instruction
The Multimedia Learning Center
The Searle Center for Teaching Excellence
at Northwestern University

invite you to participate in

Language Symposium 2008
Reconciling Language Learning and Assessment
April 25-26, 2008
University of Illinois-Chicago

Join us on Friday evening for our opening keynote speaker:
Carol Chapelle
Iowa State University

On Saturday the Symposium will continue with presentations. Topics may include:
* Assessing learners and programs, including curricula
* Classroom testing across skills and levels
* Types of assessment, including alternative assessments and self-assessment
* Assessment of language skills and cultural knowledge
* Heritage speakers – challenges and successes
* Scales, descriptors, and guidelines
* Testing instruments, including AP placement tests
* Online and multimedia resources
* Testing research and its application

Language instructors at all levels are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome.
Submission deadline: Friday, February 22, 2008

Tentative Program
Friday, April 25
5:00 p.m. Tour, Language and Culture Learning Center
Keynote, Discussion and Dinner

Saturday, April 26
8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:30-11:00 a.m. Session 1
11:00-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30-1:00 p.m. Session 2
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:00 p.m. Poster Session
3:00-4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Reception

For proposal forms, see attachments.

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Presentation Proposal for the Language Symposium 2008
April 25-26, 2008
Reconciling Language Learning and Assessment
Name___________________________________________________________________
Title ________________________ Department _______________________________
Email___________________________________________________________________
Address_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
Office phone ________________________Home/cell phone ____________________

Proposals should include a clear description of a project or study and its
implications. The abstract should clearly describe the following three
aspects: a) the teaching, learning or programmatic issue that is being
addressed, b) the materials or assessment techniques that were developed,
and c) the affected outcome or changes. Presentations will be limited to
twenty minutes, followed by ten minutes for discussion. Maximum length:
250 words. Submission deadline February 22, 2008

Title:
Language: Level: beg, int, etc.

Multimedia requirements: overhead projector, laptop, etc
Submission by email is highly encouraged.
Please send to: Susanne Rott srott@uic.edu
Language and Culture Learning Center MC 042
University of Illinois at Chicago
703 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607

For further information, please consult:
http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/lclc/Research/symposium08.shtml

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Poster Proposal for the Language Symposium 2008
April 25-26, 2008
Reconciling Language Learning and Assessment
Name___________________________________________________________________
Title ________________________Department _______________________________
Email___________________________________________________________________
Address_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
Office phone ________________________Home/cell phone ____________________

Proposals should include a clear description of a project or study and its
implications. The abstract should clearly describe the following three
aspects: a) the teaching, learning or programmatic issue that is being
addressed regarding assessment; b) the materials or assessment techniques
that were developed, and c) the affected outcome or changes. Maximum
length: 250 words. Submission deadline February 22, 2008

Title:
Language: Level: beg, int, etc

Multimedia requirements: overhead projector, laptop, etc
Submission by email is highly encouraged.
Please send to: Susanne Rott srott@uic.edu
Language and Culture Learning Center MC 042
University of Illinois at Chicago
703 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607

For further information, please consult:
http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/lclc/Research/symposium08.shtml

South Asia Language Pedagogy and Technology

(http://salpat.uchicago.edu) is currently accepting online submissions and proposals for its second issue:

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Technology

Edited by Sean Pue (salpat@uchicago.edu) and Steven Thorne

Language and technology intersect in a number of academic disciplines. This journal issue will explore ways of adapting existing language technologies for use in language pedagogy. We invite submissions from fields such as area studies, cognitive psychology, comparative literature, computational linguistics, digital humanities, and second language acquisition studies. Topics may include, but are not limited, to the following:

* Computer-assisted learning
* Computational lexicography
* Corpora acquisition and interfaces
* Digital reading
* Distance learning
* Role of the teacher in technology-enhanced language education
* Textual encoding for language pedagogy

Collaborative interdisciplinary research is encouraged, especially between experts in South Asian language and specialists in other disciplines and technologies. Technology and literature reviews are also welcome.

NCOLCTL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Eleventh International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin April 24-27, 2008

Theme: LCTLs and Globalization: Challenges, Expectations and Possibilities
The Eleventh Annual Meeting of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is scheduled for April 25-27, 2008, in Madison, WI (with a pre-conference workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 24th). Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquia, and poster sessions. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme, “LCTLs and Globalization: Challenges, Expectations, and Possibilities.” Although proposed presentations may focus on individual languages, they should address issues that clearly relate to more than just that one language. Presentations may address the linkage between language study and globalization, curriculum and material development, methodology, bilingual education, heritage language learners, autonomous and self-instructional settings, outreach and advocacy, and the use of technology in teaching languages. Other topics such as teacher training, professionalization, research, and assessment are also welcome.

Individual papers are to be 20 minutes long. A paper should focus clearly on issues related to the main conference theme. Papers may be based on research or practical experience. Colloquia are to be 90 minutes long. A colloquium proposal should specify three or more presenters who will address the conference theme. Preference will be given to colloquia that cut across different languages or language groups. Poster and presentation sessions may focus on completed work or work in progress related to the teaching and/or learning of less commonly taught languages. They may be in either the traditional poster format, such as presentation of materials or of research completed or in progress, or demonstrations of instructional or information technology.

Proposals may ONLY be submitted in electronic format using the attached NCOLCTL Session Proposal Submission Form. This form is also available at the NCOLCTL website (http://www.councilnet.org/conf/conf2008/prpsl.htm). The Proposal Submission form is a “fillable” PDF file that can be completed with Adobe® Acrobat® or Reader® and then submitted to NCOLCTL via e-mail. This is the only format in which Proposals may be submitted. The form contains detailed instructions for its use. Please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat (ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu ) with any questions. For a proposal to be considered, all fields of the form, including, title, abstract, proposal, type of session, technology needs and contact information must be completed in full. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, November 30, 2007. Applicants will be notified by the Program Committee by Monday, January 21st, 2008 whether or not their proposal has been accepted. At least one presenter from an accepted presentation will be required to pre-register. Details about pre-registration will be provided in the acceptance notification.

If you have any questions regarding Proposal submission, please contact the NCOLCTL Secretariat at:

ncolctl@mailplus.wisc.edu
NCOLCTL
4231 HumanitiesBuilding
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608-265-7903; FAX 608 265 7904.

SASA South Asian Studies Conference
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline
December 31, 2007

EAST AND WEST ENTWINED – – A Call for Papers
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
March 29-30, 2008

The South Asian Studies Alliance second annual conference seeks to explore the myriad ways in which South Asia and the values associated with the East have interacted with those ofthe West. What are the political, social, cultural and economic ties that have developed historically as a result of the meeting of these distinct cultures and civilizations? And in the contemporary context, too, what has been the impact of this interaction in a globalized world? We seek to encourage discussion around a broad range of topics and welcome interdisciplinary approaches to themes such as empire, religion, literature and language, education, media and the arts including cinema, trade and the economy, politics, strategic studies, gender and race, South Asian diasporas, food and fashion, etc. As always, however, submissions on any topic within South Asian Studies are most welcome.

The deadline for submitting a paper proposal to Dr. Chandrika Kaul, program chair, is December 31, 2007. Please visit the conference website http://www.sasia.org for complete proposal submission details. Established groups and/or associations sharing compatible interests are encouraged to collocate with us. Contact Dr.Chandrika Kaul, the program chair, at ck@sasia.org for details. Presenters are encouraged to consider publishing their work in the ASPAC online journals: E-ASPAC and ASPAC papers.

About the Venue

Conference co-hosts are the School of Politics and Economics and the School of Religion, both of the Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Claremont is serviced by the Ontario International Airport, a 15 minute drive from the campus and about 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

We are planning for a nearly doubling of attendance at this year’s conference. To optimize facilities access the conference will run two full days, March 29-30. Participants will share four coffee breaks, two lunches and the conference banquet as part of the registration package.

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