Call for Proposals

The theme of this year’s symposium, Centering Language Learners in Evolving Times, draws upon our current context and the importance of looking towards possibilities and opportunities in emerging research. We seek to provide a space for new ideas and ventures in second language scholarship that examine the experiences of language learners broadly conceived. The 2023 SLA Graduate Student Symposium strives to create a forum for sharing scholarship that informs both theory and practice within the field.

We encourage presentations of data-driven studies with a special focus on practical applications,  position papers, and critical reviews of literature on emerging issues in second language acquisition and related fields. 

Submission deadline: February 17th, 2023

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Research Strands

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

  • Analysis of discourse and interaction
  • Assessment practices and testing
  • Changing and reclaiming spaces: Heritage languages and revitalization
  • Language policy and planning
  • Multilingualism and translanguaging spaces
  • (Shifting) identities
  • Student as teacher, teacher as student
  • Technological practices and advances in instruction and learning
  • Teaching and learning under duress: Among germs and steel
  • Teaching as a practice

Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: February 17th, 2023

Notification of Acceptance: Mid-February 2023

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 1, 2023. 

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 the organizing committee at: [email protected]