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International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

Monday, November 11th, 2013

International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
May 9-10, 2014

This conference invites papers that investigate foreign language teaching and learning in the following streams:

Applied linguistics
Cognitive linguistics
Cognitive and construction grammars
Discourse analyses
English for specific purposes
Independent / Autonomous learning
Innovation in language teaching and learning
Intercultural Education
Language acquisition and learning
Language curriculum development
Language education
Language development, impairment, attrition, and loss
Language teacher education
Language teaching methodology
Language testing and assessment
Language program evaluation
Mental spaces and conceptual blending
Metaphor and metonymy
Other FLTAL related issues

Types of presentations

Participants are invited to submit abstracts of papers, workshops or posters to the conference Program Committee. All types of presentations will be in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, English and Turkish.


Paper presentations on any of the themes listed above are invited. The paper presenters are kindly asked to restrict their presentations to 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion led by the chair of the session, and Q&A as well. Each session will therefore have a total duration of 20 minutes.


Workshop sessions must include active audience participation through experiencing and discussing tasks provided by the workshop facilitator. Workshop sessions will generally be around 60 minutes but, with detailed justification.

Posters and e-posters

Posters are invited on any of the themes listed above. Posters may be any size up to a maximum of A1 (594mm x 840mm) or equivalent made up of separate sheets. Electronic versions of each poster accepted can be in the following formats up to a maximum size of 10MB. They may be posted on the conference website for 12 months following the conference:

-Windows OS
-Microsoft Powerpoint
-Word 2003 files
-PDF files
-jpeg, wmv, Flash or QuickTime files

Criteria for Acceptance

All abstracts will be blind reviewed by the Editorial And Advisory Board. Relevance to the themes of the conference and originality of approach are key considerations in the acceptance of papers, workshops and posters. The Board reserves the right to decline paper/workshop/poster proposals without assigning reasons.
Presenters of papers, workshops and posters will receive acceptance letters, thereby facilitating sponsorship from employers.


Video replay equipment, overhead projectors, laptops (with Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003) and data projectors can be supplied if reserved on the proposal form. Please request equipment when registering for the conference

Assistant or Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics and Psychometrics, Iowa State University, USA

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Announcement of Search

Assistant or Associate Professor

Applied Linguistics and Psychometrics

The English Department at Iowa State University is seeking applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of language assessment with an emphasis in 1) the use of modern psychometric approaches (e.g., item response theory and generalizability theory) to evaluate the reliability of new forms of assessments, 2) inventing innovative language assessments based on exploration of new constructs of language ability demanded by the use of technology and multimodality.

At the undergraduate level the candidate will teach courses in linguistics and ESL.  At the graduate level the candidate will teach courses in the Ph.D. program in applied linguistics and technology and in the MA program in TESL/applied linguistics.  Graduate courses may include second language assessment, second language acquisition or applied linguistics research methods, according to specialty.  This position will begin with a 2/2 teaching load.

Research areas of particular interest include assessments using natural language processing, assessment of second language, assessment of language for specific purposes (e.g., discipline specific language), second language acquisition, and statistical approaches to the study of language teaching and learning.

Ph.D. in applied linguistics, psychometrics or related field and demonstrated strength for excellence in research and effectiveness in teaching required for Assistant Professor, tenure-track; Ph.D. in applied linguistics, psychometrics or related field, and in addition to the above, a demonstrated record of accomplishments in scholarship, including an outstanding publication record, and effectiveness in teaching required for Associate Professor, with tenure.  Preferred qualifications include ESL teaching and assessment experience, publications, and work on externally funded research projects.  Beginning August 2014.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 33,000 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,000 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of nearly 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation (see

Please apply for this position through the Iowa State University website at by clicking on “Apply for this Vacancy”(#131096) and completing the Employment Application.  Please be prepared to enter or attach the following materials for consideration: letter of application/cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching/research interests, list of graduate courses, and contact information for three references.  Application deadline is November 10, 2013.  ISU is an EO/AA Employer.  Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


David J. Oakey, BA, MEd, PhD

Assistant Professor

Applied Linguistics Program

Iowa State University

317 Ross Hall

Ames, Iowa 50011-1201, USA


Office: 515-294-7521


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Language Awareness: Achievements and Challenges”

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Language Awareness: Achievements and Challenges”

Department of Humanities, Hedmark University College, Norway is happy to announce the 12th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA 2014) in Hamar, Norway from July 1-4, 2014. Join us during the long summer days in Norway for this international conference. The theme of the conference is:

“Language Awareness: Achievements and Challenges”

Plenary speakers

  • Agneta Svalberg (University of Leicester)
  • Ofelia García (City University of New York)
  • Kenneth Hyltenstam (Stockholm University)
  • Arne Torp (University of Oslo)
  • Kari Fraurud and Ellen Bijvoet (Stockholm University)


We welcome abstracts that address any aspects of research on language awareness. Submissions are encouraged to focus on the state of the art within relevant research areas, and on challenges and future avenues of research related to language awareness.

Deadline: November 15, 2013

Please visit website for further information:

On behalf of the conference committee

Professor Lars Anders Kulbrandstad (chair)
Assistant professor Gunhild Alstad (conference coordinator)

Posts at University of Pretoria’s Unit for Academic Literacy

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Via Adelia Carstens:

The Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria is advertising two lecturing positions (a lectureship and a senior lectureship). If you know of any interested and suitably qualified persons, please feel free to forward this message.

The advertisements are on the UP intranet at


The following is the direct route from outside:

Careers at UP

Access the careers@UP portal

The links to the advertisements appear on this page.

Call for papers: Diversity, Plurilingualism and Their Impact on Language Testing and Assessment

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Date: 22-Nov-2013 – 23-Nov-2013

Location: Siena, Italy

Contact Person: Zeynep Urkun

Meeting Email:

Web Site:

 Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

 Call Deadline: 16-Aug-2013

 Meeting Description:

 Nowadays linguistic and cultural diversity are key features of the global world. Furthermore, easier and increasing mobility and easier international and intra-national communication affect language uses that are more and more diverse and multi/plurilingual. But, what has been the impact of this on language testing? In what ways can multi/plurilingualism be taken in consideration in language testing. Should the emergent nature of social interaction in ethnolinguistically diverse educational and other settings be reflected in the notion of communicative competence(s) that underpins construct validity. Which are the implications for potential mis-recognition or under-recognition of ‘competence’ in actual communication in a rapidly changing communication and language landscape?

The aim of this conference is to look at how professionals in the field have addressed these issues, and to exchange ideas on how different constituencies can cooperate in order to improve testing and assessment practice(s).

Plenary speakers will be: Professor John de Jong, (VU University Amsterdam/Pearson), Dr Nick Saville, (Cambridge English Language Assessments, UK), Dr Diane Schmitt (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Professor Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University, UK.

You can find more information on the venue and the event, as well as Call for Proposals and the Registration Form at the TEA SIG website at

You can register online using this link:

The sessions will be held at the University for Foreigners of Siena, conveniently located in front of the railway station, near the city centre. (

Siena can be easily reached by plane either from Florence Airport or Pisa airport, as well as by train from many locations in Italy and Europe.

We are also happy to announce that the following hotels are offering discounts to our delegates:

Hotel Italia   55 DUS/   65 DUS including breakfast: Hotel Minerva   55 DUS including breakfast: Hotel NH Excelsior   105 DUS;   120 Twin room:

Please contact the hotels individually to make and pay for your accommodation booking and specify you are a participant to the TEA-SIG Conference.

Call for Papers:

The conference aims to address the impact of diversity and multi/plurilingualism in language testing.

We invite proposals covering the themes of:

  Language competence(s) in mobility

- Multilingual testing

- Assessing intercultural competence

- Assessing English as lingua franca

- Language assessment for social integration for migrants

The deadline for proposals is August 16, 2013. The Speaker Proposal form can be downloaded from

Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE)

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) promotes the use of speech and language technology for educational purposes, and provides a forum for exchanging information regarding recent developments and other matters of interest related to this topic. For further information see

ISCA-SIG SLaTE is delighted to announce its next workshop to be held in Grenoble, France on August, 30-31 & September 1st, 2013, just after Interspeech 2013 in Lyon (~1 hour by train/car) .

SLaTE-2013 is being organized by Pierre Badin, Thomas Hueber, Gérard Bailly, Didier Demolin, (GIPSA-lab, Grenoble) and Françoise Raby (LIDILEM, Grenoble), within the framework of the ISCA-SIG SLaTE.

Workshop Themes

The workshop welcomes all topics related to speech and language technology for education (SLaTE).
This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

• Speech technology for first and second language learning and acquisition

• Natural language processing for education

• Spoken dialogue systems for education

• Applications using speech and/or natural language processing for education

• Intelligent tutoring systems using speech and natural language

• Development of language resources for SLaTE applications

• Assessment and user studies of SLaTE methods and applications

• Research on first and second language

• Theoretical and methodological issues in SLaTE

• Pronunciation pedagogy and phonetic correction

• Use of speech synthesis for language learning

• Serious games in SLaTE

• Language learning and disability

• Speech and Language Technology for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths)

An interdisciplinary symposium on the contribution of Human Language Technologies to the future of Language Learning: Call for papers: HLT4LL 2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013

11-12 November 2013: Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
12 November 2013: Videoconferencing with Radboud University Nijmegen and KU Leuven Kulak

Nick Ellis, Maxine Eskenazi, John Nerbonne, Mathias Schulze, Isabel Trancoso

The HLT4LL 2013 symposium will address the possibilities and challenges of using human language technologies (HLT) for language learning (LL) (HLT4LL). We define HLT4LL as any use or integration of language and speech technology to structure, facilitate (support) and evaluate the language learning process. To fully acknowledge and address the complexity of this interdisciplinary domain, the symposium aims to bring together representatives from various but related research fields: language and speech technology, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics (learner and bilingual corpora), data-driven language learning, (second) language acquisition, language pedagogy, computer assisted language learning (CALL), educational technology, semantic web, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction (HCI/CHI), etc.
This symposium is intended to provide a state-of-the-art overview of this interdisciplinary domain for people from academia, educational institutions, industry, as well as for policymakers.

Registration and participation are free of charge.
If you want to register, send an email to
Mention if you want to be present in Stellenbosch, Nijmegen or Kortrijk.
The number of available places is limited, we thus might have to select.

We hereby solicit contributions to the research workshop on 12 November 2013.
Potential authors are invited to submit a proposal for a paper or poster session related to any of the mentioned fields. Submissions can also provide feedback on the use of current applications, or suggest possible ways of optimization and propose future developments, based on a systematic investigation of the subject. All submissions will be subjected to peer review; only a limited number of contributions will be presented at the workshop. During the workshop, presenters will get feedback from the keynote speakers.
During the research workshop, video conferencing facilities will be available at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and at KU Leuven Kulak (Kortrijk, Belgium), which will allow researchers to present their work from remote locations.
We are considering inviting presenters to submit full-length papers after the workshop, which may be published in a special issue of an authoritative, interdisciplinary and international journal in the field.

- 09/06/2013: Deadline for submission of extended abstract (max. 1000 words)
- 14/07/2013: Notification of acceptance
- 31/07/2013: Early-bird registration for accepted authors
- 11/11/2013: Start of symposium at Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
- 11/11/2013: Informative meeting for a general audience, incl. demo’s
- 12/11/2013: Research workshop (videoconferencing with RU Nijmegen and Kulak Leuven)

Proposals must be sent to by 9 June 2013.

Catia Cucchiarini & Helmer Strik (Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Frederik Cornillie & Piet Desmet (ITEC, KU Leuven Kulak & iMinds, Belgium)
Febe de Wet (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)


2013 LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Conference, Stellenbosch

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The organising committee is happy to report that 130 papers will be read at the conference and that we have received 205 registrations thus far.

The venues’ room numbers and the chairs’ names have been added to the programme – the final version is available on the conference website ( For those who have not registered yet: The late registration fee is R2 100 (R1 000 for students), but it is also possible to attend just one or two specific days for R500 per day. Please contact me, Alta van Rensburg, at or 021 808 2231 in this regard.

Then, a reminder that speakers at the conference have the opportunity to submit their full papers to be considered for publication in SPIL PLUS, a Department of Education-accredited open source journal published by Stellenbosch University’s Department of General Linguistics. The deadline for submission has been extended to 26 July 2013.

Places are still available in the following pre-conference workshops presented on Monday 1 July:

  • The linguistics of literacy in foundation phase learning (Mark de Vos & Jenny Katz)
  • Heteroglossic teaching and learning practices in the university (applied) language classroom (Taryn Bernard, Zannie Bock, Susan Brokensha, Lauren Onraët, Marcelyn Oostendorp & Peter Pluddemann)
  • Software for corpus linguistics (Sally Hunt)
  • Language planning in higher education: Navigating the stress line between institutional and individual multilingualism (Leon de Stadler & Vic Webb)

More information on these workshops is available at

Upcoming SAALA conference 2013 in Stellenbosch

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Please see the first announcement of the conference at