Call for Papers
2013 SLA Graduate Student Symposium

Contexts of Learning

April 19-20, 2013

The UCC Conference Center, University of Iowa
Co-hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison


DEADLINE: Please submit abstracts by February 1, 2013 to: (only e-mail submission is accepted) Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 22, 2013.


The Second Language Acquisition Program at the University of Iowa is calling for papers for the 2013 SLA Graduate Student Symposium. The SLA graduate students at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the conference alternate 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 including, but not limited to: generative, psycholinguistic, and social approaches, technology in language teaching, and implications of SLA research for instruction.

We seek proposals, both theoretical and empirical, from graduate student researchers that reflect the differing perspectives and methods currently used in SLA research. The research may be interdisciplinary in nature. Submissions based on pilot studies, pre-dissertation studies, or work-in-progress projects will be considered, as well as completed projects.

Plenary Speakers 
John M. Norris (Georgetown University) (Keynote)
Kate Paesani (Wayne State University)
Chuanren Ke (University of Iowa)


Panel Discussion: Assessment in SLA

John Norris (Georgetown University)
Lia Plakans (University of Iowa)
Charles J. James (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Madina Djuraeva (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Panel Discussion: Technology in SLA

Sue Otto (University of Iowa

Pamela Wesely (University of Iowa)

Leah Wicander (University of Wisconsin-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 All proposals must be original (i.e., not previously presented in public) and unpublished work.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 February 1, 2013 to: (only e-mail submission is accepted) Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 22, 2013.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
Classroom research
Second and foreign language pedagogy
Psycholinguistic approaches to SLA
Generative second language acquisition (syntax, phonology, semantics)
Heritage language acquisition
Language, culture, socialization, and pragmatics
Learner corpora and SLA
Testing and assessment
Analysis of discourse and interaction 
Computer-assisted language learning
Second and foreign language policy
Socio-cultural approaches to language learning


Please adhere to the following format:

I. In the body of the e-mail message, please include all of the following information in the following order:

1. Title of presentation (maximum 10 words)
2. Presenterʼs name (family, given)
3. Department & affiliation
4. Complete mailing address
5. Phone number
6. Preferred e-mail address for correspondence
7. Summary of the presentation, with a clear theoretical or empirical focus (max 50 words). This summary will be included in the program booklet and cannot be subsequently revised.

II. In the body of the e-mail message, please indicate how you would like your abstract to be considered:

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 Please place the title as the first line of the document. Neither your name nor your institution’s name should appear 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:
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Raychel Vasseur, Co-Coordinator, Symposium Organization Committee
Jennifer Vojtko-Rubí, Co-Coordinator, Symposium Organization Committee

Funding for the Symposium has been generously provided by:
Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education Program (FLARE) (University of Iowa)

Graduate College (University of Iowa)

International Programs (University of Iowa)

Language Media Center (University of Iowa)

James Preston Pusack Family Fund

German Department (University of Iowa)

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The Confucius Institute

Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Department of French and Italian