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2013 SLA Graduate Student Symposium


Contexts of Learning, April 19-20, 2013, University of Iowa

The SLA graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the conference alternates between the universities. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

The theme of the 2013 symposium is Contexts of Learning. Submissions may address the conference theme or any area related to current and future trends in SLA research.

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FLARE Pusack-Otto Lecture 2013

Professor Dorothy Chun will deliver the 5th annual Pusack Otto Lecture on September 13th at 3:30 PM in 2520D UCC. The title of her lecture is: Fundamental CALL principles: Looking backward and forward. (CALL = Computer Assisted Language Learning.) Dr. Chun is professor of Applied Linguistics and Education at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is Editor-in-Chief of the electronic journal Language Learning & Technology (http://www.llt.msu.edu/).


Abstract (click to download poster):

In saluting the CALL contributions of James Pusack and Sue Otto, Professor Chun will share some of her experiences as a CALL developer and researcher and as the Editor of the journal Language Learning & Technology for the last 14 years. In this talk, she will look backward and forward in the CALL subfields of pronunciation, vocabulary/reading and culture learning, discussing the effectiveness of technologies for L2 learning withrespect to underlying SLA theories and what is fundamental to learning. While it is difficult to keep up with rapidly changing technologies, best practices are determined following systematic inquiry and research into fundamental learning principles.


FLARE Alumna to receive an award

Anna Kolesnikova (PH.D. SLA, 2011) has won the 2012 Emma Birkmaier Award for For Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education. Since Anna is a brand new mom, she will not be in Philadelphia to accept the award personally. However, FLARE alumna and 2007 Birkmaier Award winner—Idoia Elola—will be accepting the award on her behalf.




2012 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
Many Languages, One United Voice
November 16-18 in Philladelphia, PA


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo brings together thousands of teachers, administrators, method instructors and students of foreign languages at all levels from across the world. The convention features over 600 educational sessions on such topics areas as: Assessment, Culture, Curriculum, Literature, Methods/Techniques, Advocacy and Policy Issues, Professional Development, Research, Specific Purposes, Standards and Technology.


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AAAL 2013
March 13-20, Dallas, TX


Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference including in-depth colloquia and paper sessions, topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking. The 2013 conference foregrounds applied linguistics in a globalizing world.


More information at: http://www.aaal.org/