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Conference Information



Full Title: Topics in Applied Linguistics: Spoken and Written Interaction

      
Short Title: TAL 2014
Location: Opole, Poland
Start Date: 17-Nov-2014 - 18-Nov-2014
Contact: Malgorzata Adams-Tukiendorf
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The 5th International TAL Conference brings into focus a wide gamut of factors that are involved in the ways in which humans interact with other humans, environment and themselves by means of spoken and written language, non-verbal and visual messages. The processes are even more challenging when people interact in foreign languages, which poses specific demands on their cognitive and affective resources.

During the conference we would like to address issues concerning interaction in and outside a foreign language classroom, interaction with the computer and via the computer, interaction within a persons’ mind attending to linguistic and non-linguistic input and output, interaction with a text or interaction of two (or more) languages in one mind. Foreign/second language learning and teaching then involves an interplay of cognitive, social, and affective influences. These intricate relations provide a fertile ground for investigating and reporting findings concerning the development of communicative and intercultural communicative competence, the role of pronunciation and grammar in interaction, bilingualism and multilingualism, contrastive linguistics, language assessment, literacies, discourse analysis, language pedagogy, lexicography, language planning and policies, pragmatics, and translation.

Venue: Opole University, Opole, Poland

Plenary Speakers:

Kees de Bot (University of Groningen, the Netherlands)
Mirosław Pawlak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz; State School of Higher Professional Education, Konin, Poland)

Honorary Guest:

Janusz Arabski (University of Silesia, Poland)

Conference Fee:

The fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, an evening banquet on November 17, 2014, and publication costs.

Polish participants are asked to pay their fee to the following account:

Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. 1 Oddz. w Opolu
09 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0043
Beneficiary: Uniwersytet Opolski, Pl. Kopernika 11, 45-040 Opole
Title of the payment: TAL + your name
Regular fee: 350 PLN
Reduced fee: 250 PLN – doctoral students

Foreign participants are requested to send their payments in different currencies to the following accounts:

PL88 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0076 (if paid in EURO)
PL45 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0074 (if paid in USD)
Beneficiary: Opole University, Pl. Kopernika 11, 45-040 Opole, Poland
Bank data: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. 1 Oddz. w Opolu
SWIFT: WBK PP LPP
Title of the payment: TAL + your name
Regular fee: € 85/USD 110
Reduced fee: € 60/USD 80 – doctoral students

The conference fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. Should you wish to obtain a formal letter of invitation, you are kindly asked to register and pay the conference fee first. Only then can we send you the letter in PDF format via email or, if you wish so, via traditional mail to the address of your choice.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.5236


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