Paul Kei Matsuda

CFP: Conference on College English, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

The 3rd Conference on College English
Opportunities and Challenges for Teaching and Learning
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
11th April 2009

Co-organizer: Language Teaching and Research Center, NCTU

National Chengchi University is proud to announce the 3rd Conference on College English, a stimulating and rewarding academic forum for the presentation and discussion of College English issues. Under the heading College English, we include such programs as Freshman English and Practical English, and indeed any program at a university or college, in which English is taught to non-native speakers.

This year, we are pleased to welcome an international keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda (see the Call for Papers for details). It is hoped that researchers and teachers outside Taiwan will also take the opportunity to offer papers.

The conference has now become an annual institution, and this year it will build on the themes explored in the previous two conferences. In the first conference, topics included the role of College English as a General Education subject, and the concomitant expectation that we must go beyond the English teaching brief, and help our students to learn important life skills such as civic responsibility. Needed changes to College English curricula, due to the trend towards longer mandatory English programs at Taiwan universities, were also the subject of fruitful discussions. In 2008, the accent was again on the proliferation and growing importance of College English courses, and how innovative pedagogical research can support the changing expectations and needs of learners and other stakeholders.

This year’s conference theme, Opportunities and Challenges for Teaching and Learning, is intended to reflect an even broader focus for discussion and presentation. Contributions on specific aspects of teaching any of the four skills are just as welcome as papers on more holistic approaches. Other areas of interest include cross-cultural issues, motivating less enthusiastic students, and handling large student numbers, as well as curriculum and policy issues, which might include the use of 1L in the classroom, Needs Analysis, and learner assessment, to name a few. The use of technology in teaching, including of course Data-Driven Learning and the use of corpora, is another fruitful area. Here are some further suggested topics.

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Article by Shin & Cimasko

Here's a recent publication in Computers and Composition 25.4 (2008):

Multimodal Composition in a College ESL Class: New Tools, Traditional Norms <>
Pages 376-395
Dong-shin Shin, Tony Cimasko

CFP: Sparked Synapse Project (For ASU Undergraduate Students)

Do you have a thought-provoking paper you want to share with world? Are you looking to augment you graduate school resume? Or do you just want to be published? Whatever your motive may be, the Sparked Synapse Project is the ideal outlet for you to amplify your thoughts across ASU academic community.

This new, undergraduate-run scholarly journal is currently accepting manuscripts about themes pertinent to the humanities and social sciences for publication in its upcoming 2008-2009 issue. All submissions must have received an exceptional grade in an upper-division humanities or social sciences class. Papers must be between 8-15 pages in length, preferably with all citations in the Chicago Manual of Style or MLA format. Our editors will make selections based on the creativity, quality, and innovation of the work. Additionally, we ask that the following information appear in the body of the email of the submitted work:

·         The author's name, major, and expected date of graduation

·         The class that the paper was originally written for

·         The name and a contact email address for the professor of that class

Any submission lacking this information will not be reviewed. The deadline for submissions is November 23rd at midnight. All submissions, as well as any questions, must be sent electronically to

CFP: 2009 SLA Graduate Student Symposium

Official Website:


2009 SLA Graduate Student Symposium:

Second Language Acquisition in the 21st Century

Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18, 2009

The UCC Conference Center, University of Iowa (UI)

Co-hosted by University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison)

 The Second Language Acquisition Program at the University of Iowa is calling for papers for the 2009 SLA Graduate Student Symposium. 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. 

The theme of the 2009 symposium is "SLA in the 21st Century." We would like to present topics from a variety of areas that inform current and future trends in SLA research, including the following: generative, psycholinguistic, and social approaches, technology in language teaching, implications of SLA research for instruction, and others.

We seek proposals from graduate student researchers, both theoretical and empirical, that reflect the differing perspectives and methods currently used in SLA research. The research may be interdisciplinary in nature. We are willing to consider pilot studies, pre-dissertation studies, or work-in-progress projects.


Plenary Speakers

Carol Chapelle (Iowa State University)

Judith Liskin-Gasparro (UI):

Jane Zuengler (UW–Madison):


Panel Discussion: Issues in Computer-Assisted Language Learning


Jim Ranalli (Iowa State University)


Sue Otto (UI)

James Pusack (UI)

Doug Worsham (UW–Madison)


Panel Discussion: Voices from the Field: Professional Paths in SLA


John Balong (University of Northern Iowa)


Idoia Elola (Texas Tech University)

Elizabeth R. Miller (University of North Carolina–Charlotte)

Nobuaki Takahashi (East Carolina University)

Robin Worth (UW–Madison)


Submission Guidelines

We invite proposals for papers and posters from graduate students at any level of graduate study. All proposals must be original (i.e., not previously presented in public) and unpublished work. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion period. Poster presentations will be displayed at an hour-long session, during which poster authors will stand by their posters to discuss their work. Please submit abstracts by November 30, 2008 to: (only e-mail submission is accepted) Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2009.


Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

Analysis of discourse and interaction

Classroom research and pedagogical implications

Computer-assisted language learning

Generative second language acquisition (syntax, phonology, semantics)

Heritage language acquisition

Language, culture, socialization, and pragmatics

Learner corpora and SLA

Psycholinguistic approaches to SLA

Testing and assessment


Please adhere to the following format:

I.               In the body of the email message, please include all of the following information in the given order:

            1.     Title of presentation (maximum 10 words)

            2.     Presenter's name (family, given)

            3.     Department & affiliation

            4.     Complete mailing address

            5.     Phone/Fax

            6.     Preferred e-mail address for correspondence

            7.     Summary of the presentation, with a clear theoretical or empirical focus (no longer than 50 words). This summary will be included in the program booklet and cannot be subsequently revised.


II.              Also in the body of the email message, please indicate your choice below.I wish my abstract to be considered as a:

            a. Presentation OR poster

            b. Presentation only

            c. Poster only


III.            Please include an abstract as an attachment. The attachment must be a Microsoft Word document and may not exceed 300 words. Please place the title as the first line of the documentNeither your name nor your institution's name should be included in the abstract.


Evaluation of Proposals:

I.               Choice and clarity of topic, perspective, and/or method

II.              Quality of research

III.            Contribution to field, originality

IV.            Relevance to current issues in SLA


 Please contact with questions.

University of Iowa FLARE:

UW–Madison Doctoral Program in SLA:

Vera Grabitzky

Coordinator, Symposium Organization Committee


Funding for the Symposium has been generously provided by:

Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education Program (FLARE), International Programs, Graduate College, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of German, The Linguistics Department, The Confucius Institute, Coca-cola grant

Recurring Questions about Professionalization

This is the time of the year when people are thinking about applying to graduate programs, adjusting to graduate school, and applying for academic jobs. I have been mentioning a few of my blog entries that have to do with professionalization, so I thought it might be useful to highlight some of them here.

Finding a suitable graduate program

Writing a statement of purpose for graduate program application

Applying to the Master's Program in TESOL at ASU

Requesting letters of recommendation

Advice for new graduate students

Read everything

Read everything again

Read widely

Academic job search

Requesting someone to be a reference for a job application

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SSLW 2009 Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2009 Symposium on Second Language Writing, to be held at Arizona State University on November 5-7, 2009, is now available in PDF format.

Please distribute widely!


Paul Kei Matsuda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director of Writing Programs

Arizona State University
Department of English
Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302 USA

Founding Chair, Symposium on Second Language Writing

Editor, Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing

Web Administrator, Journal of Second Language Writing

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CFP: TESOL 2009 CALL IS Electronic Village sessions‏

TESOL 2009: "Uncharted Mountains, Forging New Pathways"
March 26-28, 2009, - Denver, Colorado, USA

*DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, December 12, 2008*

You are invited to submit a proposal for participation in one or more
of these TESOL 2009 CALL Interest Section Spe c ial Events. You are
welcome to submit proposals to more than one event, and it is possible
to have more than one proposal accepted (depending on space
availability and quality of the submission). Windows and Macintosh
equipment will be available at no charge, along with CD ROM Drives,
Internet connections, and (for the Showcase, EV Hardware Fair and EV
Mini-Workshops) projection equipment. Plan to bring a minimum of 100
handouts per Fair/Showcase acceptance slot since these are very popular

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE EV FAIRS: Presenters have approximately 20-30
minutes to demonstrate their material on 1-2 computer(s) without
projection equipment in a presentation format similar to a "poster
session." Participants walk around the EV, dropping in and out of
demonstrations, thus precluding highly structured presentations. A
demonstration may be repeated a second time (an additional 20 to 30
minutes), if interest warrants and sp a ce allows.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HARDWARE FAIRS: A Hardware Fair is a variant of the
regular fairs, where presenters will demonstrate their material for
20-30 minute intervals, so people can go around the room and see the
event multiple times. The variation is that presentations will be on
devices which may or may not include computers, but may also interact
with them in some way (see description below for suggested items).

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MINI-WORKSHOPS: One or two presenters introduce a
topic to a small group of workshop participants. The workshop is
"hands-on" in a computer lab setting. Each workshop - with instruction
and "hands-on" practice - lasts 90 minutes.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SHOWCASE: A selected group of presenters will
demonstrate their software or application for 8 to 12 minutes each. A
brief question and answer session follows each presentation.

_____EV FAIR_____
Coordinator: Roger Drury (roger.drury@ esl.gatech. edu
<mailto:roger.drury@ esl.gatech. edu> <mailto:roger.drury@ esl.gatech. edu
<mailto:roger.drury@ esl.gatech. edu> >)
In the EV Fairs, teachers or teachers-developers sh a re their use of
computer-based and/or internet-based resources. These resources can be
software (PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, Focus on Grammar, Word
Attack, Skype, etc.) or websites (presenter-made or public like, Yahoo! Groups, an online concordancer, etc.). Demonstrations
may highlight student projects, activities or curriculum created for
students or educators. Examples:

* Email projects
* Lesson plan archives for teachers
* Vocabulary worksheets using an online thesaurus
* Skimming/scanning activities using a local newspaper webpage
* Research/writing exercises for investigating Internet hoaxes
* A descriptive writing activity combined with HyperStudio
* Web 2.0 activities, using social networking or SecondLife

Please submit your proposal(s) for the EV Fairs online at
http://www.langconc ev2009.html
<http://www.langconc ev2009.html>

Coordinator: Randall Davis (eslrandall@yahoo. com
<mailto:eslrandall@yahoo. com> <mailto:eslrandall@yahoo. com
<mailto:eslrandall@yahoo. com> >)
Do you have an innovative, effective or otherwise interesting
instructional activity that utilizes hardware other than a conventional
computer? Do your students use hardware in an interesting way? If so,
why not share it with others in the EV Hardware Fair? Presenters will
be located at stations around the Electronic Village demonstrating use
of specific kinds of hardware like:

* handheld devices
* cameras
* po r table technologies
* smartboards
* clickers
* MP3 players
* cell phones

It is suggested that you bring your own small hardware (as in hand-held
device, camera or cell phone) or ask the company (like Smart) to send
you a loaner for the larger equipment (like interactive whiteboards) to
demonstrate at the workshop (they are usually good about this). Some
responsibility for hardware by the presenter will be needed.

Please submit your proposal(s) for the Hardware Fairs online at
http://www.langconc ev2009.html
<http://www.langconc ev2009.html >

Coordinator: Laurie Moody (LMoody@pccc. edu <mailto:LMoody@pccc. edu>
<mailto:LMoody@pccc. edu <mailto:LMoody@pccc. edu> >)
The EV Mini-workshops are limited-seating ticketed events that provide
hands-on experience. Participants gain experience in adaptation of
software and/or hardware for CALL purposes and create products for
teaching and learning. Examples:

* Social networking
* Working with multiple media
* Creating Internet teaching and learning resources
* Developing online collaborative environments
* Students creating content

Please submit your proposal(s) for the EV Mini-workshops online at
http://www.langconc ev2009.html
<http://www.langconc ev2009.html>

Coordinator: Andrew Bowman (ielc.lab@wichi t a. edu
<mailto:ielc.lab@wichita. edu> <mailto:ielc.lab@wichita. edu
<mailto:ielc.lab@wichita. edu> >)
The Developers' Showcase is one of several ways in which the CALL-IS
disseminates information about computers and computer-assisted
instruction to the ESL/EFL professional community. The Showcase
provides an opportunity for t h e designers of ESL/EFL software to
display their work, and for potential users, software developers, and
marketers to examine and react to it. We especially welcome projects
produced by teachers for their own students or projects produced under
development grants.

This Showcase includes materials in the following two categories:
1. disk-based software, including floppy-disk, hard disk, and
2. web-based software, including both programs that can be accessed
from the web and those that can be downloaded.

The Showcase is not a commercial venue. Only work that is not yet on
the market will be considered. The following types of software are not
acceptable for the Showcase:

*Software that is already contracted with a publisher
*Software that has been offered for sale independently, or which the
presenter plans to
sell independently, including by subscr i ption or as shareware
*Software given away free to promote a commercial interest

Please submit your proposal(s) for the Developers' Showcase online
at http://www.langconc ev2009.html
<http://www.langconc ev2009.html>


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CFP: TALGS 2009 Second Call for Papers and Announcement

  Sixth TALGS Conference

February 21, 2009

The 6th TALGS (TESOL/Applied Linguistic Graduate Students) conference will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at East Carolina University. Organized by the Linguistics and TESOL graduate students and faculty, TALGS is aimed at providing a serious yet relaxed environment for graduate students and professionals working in a variety of applied linguistics fields and TESL/TEFL to present their work, receive feedback, and network.

This years plenary speaker will be a distinguished TESOL scholar and educator, Dr. Jodi Crandall of University of Maryland-Baltimore County, with a presentation entitled, Sharing Our Expertise: Working with Mainstream Teachers, and a discussion session on TESOL Standards. Please visit ( for more information.

We encourage area-specific and cross-disciplinary submissions from a variety of fields that can contribute to an understanding of language use, language teaching and/or language learning. For instance, proposals from the fields of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology, discourse analysis, education, foreign languages, communications, and psychology will be considered. Proposals grounded in action research (inside and outside the classroom), works in progress, submissions based on successful term projects, and pilot research are welcome. Presentation proposals should be submitted via the conference website and received no later than December 7, 2008 ( Conference pre-registration via the conference website ends January 18, 2009. 

Please view the attached flyer and, if possible, share this information with your colleagues and graduate students.




The TALGS team


Contact us:


Graduate student organizers,

Zuzana Elliott, Lamont Cannon, & Yi Sun:


Faculty sponsor, Lida Cope:


Visit Linguistics and TESOL at ECU:



Lida Cope, PhD

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics

Linguistics & TESOL Lead Faculty

Department of English

Bate Building #2118

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858

(252) 328-6411


Linguistics & TESOL at ECU:


TALGS conference at ECU:

Last update: January 6, 2008