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2010 SLA Graduate Student Symposium: "Who Are We?" SLA in a Global Society"

Friday, April 16- Saturday, April 17, 2010
Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa

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The field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) continues to develop by drawing on theory and research from both its founding fields and newly contributing areas of study. This wide variety of perspectives contributes to a flow of ideas across disciplinary, geographical, and linguistic boundaries, describing a myriad of linguistic situations, from lingua franca communication to language maintenance, acquisition, and loss. From this multi-faceted research base SLA addresses a diverse range of linguistic and social ideas relevant to multilingual classroom, community, and workplace settings and explores a view of identity, both of researcher and researched, as fluid, multiple and increasingly trans-national and transcultural.

We seek proposals from graduate students of their research that reflects the interdisciplinary and globally expanding nature of the field of SLA. The graduate students at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have formed a partnership to host this annual conference, with organization and hosting of the conference alternating
between the universities. Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for graduate students in SLA and related disciplines to present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

Keynote Speaker

Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia)

Invited Speakers from the Sponsoring Institutions

Richard Young (UW-Madison)
Michael Everson (University of Iowa)

A panel of professors and graduate students from the University of Iowa and the UW–Madison will address how identity in SLA work is explored through different methodologies, discussing the variety of ways identity can be investigated and unraveled within SLA research.

Submission Guidelines

We invite proposals for papers and posters from graduate students at any level of graduate study. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Posters will be displayed on Saturday, April 17. Poster presenters will be expected to stand by their posters to discuss their work during a 1-hour session. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, those related to the symposium theme and/or any of the following areas:
• Formal approaches to language learning
• Generative second language acquisition (syntax, phonology, semantics)
• Heritage language acquisition
• Identity and language learning
• Language testing and assessment
• Learner corpora and SLA
• Second and foreign language pedagogy
• Second and foreign language policy
• Second language analysis and use
• Second language and cultural socialization
• Second language learning and technology
• Second language pragmatics
• Second language processes and learning
• Socio-cultural approaches to language learning

Please use the accompanying submission form to submit abstracts by December 30, 2009 to:

Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 29, 2010.

Please use the attached form for all submissions. You will be asked to provide the following information: presenter name(s), affiliations, mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers, AV needs, and summary (50 words), title, and abstract (300 words) of the presentation. You will also be asked to indicate if you would like your abstract considered for presentation as a paper or as a poster. You may also indicate whether or not you would like your abstract to be considered for presentation as a poster, if it is not selected for a paper presentation.

Evaluation of Proposals

Reviewers will take into consideration these criteria when evaluating proposals:
I. Choice and clarity of topic, perspective, and/or method
II. Quality of research (literature, methods, and conclusions)
III. Contribution to field, originality
IV. Relevance to current issues in SLA

Please contact with questions.


UW-Madison Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition
UW-Madison Language Institute
University of Iowa FLARE


Margaret Merril, Symposium Co-Chair
Carolina Bernales, Symposium Co-Chair


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