Call for Abstracts

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Call for Papers

Second Language Research Forum 2014  

“Theory Meets Practice”  

October 23-25, 2014


Hosted by:

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina 


Plenary Speakers

Randi Reppen Northern Arizona University 
Donna Lardiere Georgetown University 
Cristina Sanz Georgetown University

Paper & Poster 

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 4, 2014 (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) 

Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday, July 15, 2014        


Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2014 (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) Extended deadline: April 18, 2014-Now closed! 

Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, April 30, 2014  

The organizers of the 33rd Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) invite proposals for papers, posters and thematic colloquia (consisting of 3-4 papers each) for the conference. 

We are soliciting proposals from various disciplines, including not only those that have traditionally been associated with SLA research, but also from approaches that are new to SLA research or that have been underrepresented at previous SLA conferences. To represent the conference theme, “Theory Meets Practice,” we are especially interested in proposals which bridge the gap between theoretical approaches to SLA and the praxis of second language teaching. 

We welcome proposals from all areas of second language research, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  • Formal approaches to SLA
  • Functional approaches to SLA
  • Cognitive approaches to SLA
  • Technology and SLA
  • Classroom research
  • L2 assessment
  • Psycholinguistic approaches to SLA
  • Neurocognitive approaches to SLA
  • Bilingualism
  • Corpus approaches to SLA
  • Socio-cultural approaches to SLA
  • Context of learning/study abroad
  • Heritage language learning/language maintenance 

Guidelines for Paper and Poster Submissions

Proposals for paper and poster presentations should consist of a title, an abstract, and a short summary. Titles should be no longer than 15 words. Abstracts are limited to 350 words in length, not including the title, references or examples. Abstracts must be single-spaced and in Times New Roman 12 point font. Summaries are limited to 50 words. Individual papers will be 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Posters should not exceed 4ft by 5ft (120x 150cm) and should not be smaller than 3ft by 4ft (90x120 cm). Poster presenters should plan to present and discuss their work for at least one hour during their assigned poster session. 

Guidelines for Colloquia Submissions 

Proposals for colloquia (i.e., organized panels or sessions) will also be submitted online. A brief overview of the theme should be outlined, followed by a short abstract including the title of each paper to be presented as part of the colloquium. The colloquium overview is limited to 200 words and the individual paper included in the colloquium is limited to 150 words not including title or references. Colloquia will be 90-120 minutes, that is, they will include 3-4 papers. These should be submitted in one single document and the names of the presenters should also be excluded to enable a double-blind review. The names of the organizer and presenters should then be included in the submission process as co-authors. 

Submission Policy: Number of submissions per person 

An author may submit a maximum of one proposal as first author, but may also be a colloquium organizer, discussant, or co-author/co-presenter of a maximum of two additional papers or posters. 

Submission Instructions 

Starting Saturday, March 1, 2014, proposals will be accepted online. Only online submissions will be accepted. To make a submission, please visit the submissions web site at Proposals will be selected based on the results of double-blind peer review. All submissions will be given the same consideration, and so, must be anonymous; do not put anything in the abstract which might identify you or your institution. 


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You can download a copy of SLRF 2014 Call for Absracts here