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April 19th-20th

Iowa City, IA

University Capitol Centre

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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
♦ 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.


Please click here to get more information about our speakers: John M. Norris, Kate Paisani, and Chuanren Ke.


Sponsoring graduate programs:

University of Iowa:
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Symposium leadership:

Raychel Vasseur, Co-Coordinator, Symposium Organization Committe, FLAREs President
Jennifer Vojtko-Rubí, Co-Coordinator, Symposium Organization Committee, FLAREs Vice-President


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