Call for Proposals

In today’s multilingual world, the increasing impact of globalization, technologization and mobility on language learning and teaching foregrounds the need for second language scholarship to speak to and involve both communities and stakeholders–including learners, teachers, parents, administrators, educational organizations and business leaders.  The theme of this year’s conference draws upon publicly- and community-engaged scholarship and centers around the question “Who is research for?” Thus, we invite presentations that trouble and translate empirical research into real-world applications ranging from policy formation to ongoing formal/informal partnerships with teachers and community collaborators to even local newspaper op-eds.

With this theme, the 2020 SLA Graduate student symposium seeks to advance scholarship that not only bridges theory and practice, but also further contributes to institutional and societal transformation. We encourage presentations of data-driven studies with a special focus on their practical applications, position papers and critical reviews of literature on emerging issues second language acquisition and related fields.

Submission deadline: January 12, 2020

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Research Strands

We invite proposals from a variety of areas, including but not limited to the following:

• bi/multilingual education

• computer-assisted language learning

• critical analysis

• generative SLA

• heritage languages

• identities in language learning

• instructional technology

• language policy

• language and culture

• learner autonomy 

• learner corpora and SLA

• pragmatics

• psycholinguistic approaches to SLA

• raciolinguistics

• second and foreign language pedagogy

• SLA in migration contexts

• socialization

• sociolinguistics

• testing and assessment

• world Englishes

Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: January 12, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: Mid-February 2019

Paper/Poster Presentations

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words along with a 50 word summary should be submitted through our online submission system by following the link below.  All submissions must be original work. In your submission, you should indicate if you would like to be considered for a paper presentation, a poster presentation, or either. Paper presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Poster presentations will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, April 25, 2019. 

Panel Discussion: Implications and Applications of Research

Panel presenters are asked to discuss the applicability of specific research to the broader community of stakeholders rather than report on the methods or findings of an empirical study.

Evaluation of Proposals

All submissions will be blind reviewed for clarity of topic, perspective, and/or method; quality of research; contribution to the field and originality; and relevance to current issues in SLA.


If you have questions about the conference or the Call for Proposals, please contact one of the organizing committee co-chairs: Leah Shepard-Carey ( and Celia Bravo Díaz (