Archive for October, 2013

Call for papers: Language, learning and culture

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Virginia International University (VIU)’s School of Education enthusiastically invites you to participate in our Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture, to be held on VIU campus in Fairfax, VA, from April 11-12, 2014.

This year’s theme, Innovations at the Intersection of Language, Learning, and Culture, intends to frame educational experiences as ideally meeting the needs of diverse students, their communities, and the various stakeholders who can benefit from high-quality, socially responsive language programs.

Plenary speakers include:

· Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President and CEO of the Center for Applied Linguistics, on the multilingual heritage and contemporary linguistic diversity of the US

· Dr. Shelley Wong, Professor at George Mason University and past TESOL President, on student advocacy and empowerment

· Dr. Ken Petersen, Technical Director of Online Learning & Assessment for American Councils for International Education, on innovations in technology for the modern classroom

Conference strands include language learning and development, language pedagogy, program evaluation and policy, and language in society.

Please consider submitting a proposal! Colloquia, panel discussions, workshops, posters, and paper presentations are welcome.

Abstracts are due by December 23, 2013.

For more information on the conference strands and proposal guidelines, please visit our conference website:

Questions can be directed to Kevin J. Martin, Director of the School of Education, at

We hope to see you at VIU in April!

Rebecca Sachs, Ph.D.

Professor, TESOL

School of Education

Virginia International University

3957 Pender Drive

Fairfax, VA  22030

Tel:  (703) 591-1844, ext. 364

Fax:  (703) 591-7046


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Call for papers: Lavender languages and linguistics

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Via BAAL (thanks Rosemary Wildsmith!)

I would like to draw your attention to the following announcement:

The 21st Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference will take place at American University, Washington DC from February 14-16, 2014. This annual conference series is dedicated to research in the broad area of language and sexuality. Sessions currently under development include:

  • (Anti)Homophobic Discourse Analysis
  • Erotic/Porn Socialities
  • Language, Sexuality & Hip Hop Culture
  • Intersexions: Language & Identity Nexuses
  • Language as a Means of Control: Monitoring Salvadoran LGBT Immigrants
  • Queering Heterosexuality and Challenging Normativities

Presentations in one of these sessions, or on any topic related to LGBTQ linguistics, are welcome. Please submit abstracts to the program committee c/o before November 11, 2014. See submission details on 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)

4th International conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP 2014)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

4th International conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP 2014)


University of Geneva, Switzerland, 10-13 September 2014

After Cardiff in 2011, Sydney in 2012 and Kuala Lumpur in 2013, the University of Geneva will host the 4th International conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice.

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research, and professional specialities (e.g., healthcare, social care, therapy, law, mediation, management, business, journalism, education). It encourages research and reflection developing interdisciplinarity, methodological diversity, inter-professional collaboration and explores the relations between language use and social practices taking place in institutional and organisational contexts. A special emphasis will be on cross-boundary collaboration and translation of research findings to ensure impact. For this 2014 ALAPP conference, a special attention will be dedicated to the topic of Learning through and for professional practice.

Individual papers, posters and thematic symposia can be submitted in English and French through the conference website (

Submission opening : 1st November 2013

Submission deadline : 31st January 2014

Email address :