Michigan State University

The deadline for abstract submissions has passed.

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Conference Theme:  Advancing Transdisciplinary Research

The goal of SLRF 2019 is to foster dialogue among disciplines within Second Language Acquisition (SLA).  Since SLA is a relatively young field of scientific inquiry, the SLRF 2019 theme of Advancing Transdisciplinary Research places specific emphasis on diversity and bringing together different disciplines, approaches, and methodologies.

Special consideration will be given to those proposals that are transdisciplinary in nature along with those that employ mixed methods.  However, because the theme aims to showcase the importance of considering a variety of approaches to SLA inquiry, we welcome (but are not limited to) submissions in the following areas of research:

  • Assessment
  • Bilingualism and heritage language learners
  • Cognitive, neurocognitive, and psycholinguistic approaches
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Corpus approaches
  • Formal approaches
  • Identity and ideology
  • Instructed SLA
  • Phonology/phonetics and oral communication
  • Reading and writing
  • Research methodology
  • Sociolinguistic approaches

Guidelines for Submissions

1. General submission instructions

An author may submit only one paper or one poster as first author, but he/she may also be a presenter/co-author on additional papers or posters.  All proposals should be submitted by using the submission template (download here). 

An author(s) should complete the submission template and then upload it to the online submission system.  The submission templates should be uploaded completely anonymized and in a .doc or .docx format.


2. Instructions for individual papers or posters

Individual paper sessions must be designed for a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question/discussion period.

Proposals for individual papers or posters should:

  • Download the submission template (here)
  • Complete the information in the template, including:
    • A title (15 words maximum)
    • A summary (50 words maximum)
    • An abstract (350 words maximum)
  • Make sure no authors’ names are present in the template
  • Upload the completed template to the online system in a .doc or .docx file format

3. Instructions for colloquia

Each colloquium should be planned for a 2-hour block and consist of no more than four papers.

Proposals for colloquia will not utilize the downloadable template for papers/posters. Instead, proposals should be completed using MSWord and submitted directly to slrf2019@sls.msu.edu in a .doc/.docx or PDF format.

A colloquium proposal should consist of

  • A colloquium title (15 words maximum)
  • A brief thematic overview (200 words maximum)
  • Brief abstracts for each of the papers, including authors’ names (150 words maximum for each paper)

4. Evaluation of proposals

Only proposals submitted meeting the guidelines outlined above will be evaluated.  Those not meeting the criteria will be rejected.  Proposals for individual papers and posters will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness and importance of the topic
  • Theoretical orientation
  • Research design
  • Organizational clarity of the proposal

5. Notification of acceptance

Notifications to authors regarding proposal acceptance or rejection will occur approximately mid-May 2019.

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