Second Language Research Forum 2014 [Call for papers]

The 33rd Second Language Research Forum (SLRF 2014) will be hosted by the University of South Carolina on 23rd-25th October 2014. This year’s conference theme is Theory Meets Practice,  and the conference aims to “bridge the gap between theoretical approaches to SLA and the praxis of second language teaching”.

Plenary speakers

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for papers, posters and thematic colloquia (3-4 papers each) from various disciplines, including fields of research that have not traditionally been used to inform SLA research.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Formal approaches to SLA
  • Functional approaches to SLA
  • Cognitive approaches to SLA
  • Technology and SLA
  • Classroom research
  • L2 assessment
  • Psycholinguistic approaches to SLA
  • Neurocognitive approaches to SLA
  • Bilingualism
  • Corpus approaches to SLA
  • Socio-cultural approaches to SLA
  • Context of learning/study abroad
  • Heritage language learning/language maintenance

Each author is limited to a maximum of one proposal as first author, but may also participate in a colloquium as an organiser or discussant, or may be a co-author/co-presenter for up to two additional papers or posters.

Proposals are to be submitted online, starting on 1st March 2014 through the conference website. Proposals must be anonymous, as they will be evaluated by double-blind peer review.

Paper and Poster Submissions

The deadline for paper and poster submissions is 4th May 2014 (11:59 pm EST), and notification of acceptance will be given by 10 July 2014.

Proposals should consist of:

  • a title (15 words max.);
  • an abstract (350 words max. exclusive of title, references or examples; single-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point);
  • a short summary (50 words).

Papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion.  Posters (90cm x 120cm / 3ft x 4ft) will be presented during assigned poster sessions, and authors should be available for at least an hour for discussion.

Thematic colloquia

The deadline for colloquia proposals is 4th April 2014 (11:59 pm EST), and notification of acceptance will be given by 30th April 2014. Proposals for colloquia should be submitted as a single document containing:

  • a brief outline of the theme (200 words max.)
  • a short abstract including the title of each paper to be presented as part of the colloquium. (150 words exclusive of title and references).

Colloquia will consist of 3-4 papers and be allocated 90-120 minutes, that is, they will include 3-4 papers.

Additional information

Additional information will be made available:

The conference organisers can be contacted at the following email address: SLRF2014UofSouthCarolina[at]gmail[dot]com.

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