From: Maria Moreno Jaen and Nobuo Ignacio Lopez Sako <symposiumconversationugr.es>
Subject: International Symposium on Conversation & LL/LT
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Full Title: International Symposium on Conversation & LL/LT
Date: 26-May-2010 - 28-May-2010
Location: Granada, Spain
Contact Person: Maria Moreno Jaen and Nobuo Ignacio Lopez Sako
Meeting Email: symposiumconversationugr.es
Web Site: http://www.ugr.es/local/symposiumconversation
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse
Analysis; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics
Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2010
International Symposium: 'New Insights into the Study of Conversation.
Applications to the Language Classroom'
Approaches to conversation in language teaching are currently in a state of
change, as is natural when any discipline is undergoing so much theoretical and
procedural revision. One change may have taken place in recent conceptual
frameworks within the field, which now view conversation as a much more complex
phenomenon than was previously thought.
The evolution of conversation in language teaching has gone from the
communicative approach, whose main aim is to make learners engage in oral
interaction fluently and creatively through the so-called communicative
activities, to a more input-based approach which bears upon other academic
domains such as conversation analysis, speech act theory, politeness, discourse
analysis, context-theory, nonverbal communication, sociolinguistics,
psycholinguistics, the grammar of spoken language, pragmatic phonology,
This International Symposium, organised by R&D project ADELEX
(HUM2007-61766, Department of English, University of Granada), seeks to address
some major concerns in the state of the art of the real nature of conversation
in SLA/language teaching as well as examine the tension between 'expressing
oneself spontaneously' and 'expressing oneself appropriately and correctly.'
The integration of related disciplines to enlighten the complexity of oral
interaction and its consequent classroom procedures would seem to be one way of
moving forward and solving this dilemma. Moreover, a rigorous exploration of
these related areas of study might contribute to a more comprehensive and
interdisciplinary statement into the nature of conversational competence and, on
the other hand, it attempts to discuss current research into the issues and
problems that have arisen in learning and teaching conversation.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
In the spirit of our research endeavour, we have invited international experts
in the fields of conversation, multimodality and language learning and teaching
as guest speakers who will give talks on different theoretical approaches to the
study of conversation and others who will specifically deal with applications to
language learning and teaching:
Svenja Adolphs (University of Nottingham, UK)
Karin Aijmer (University of Gothenburg, Finland)
Anthony Baldry (University of Messina, Italy)
Sabine Braun (University of Surrey, UK)
Gabriele Kasper (University of Hawaii, USA)
Adam Kendon (University of Naples, Italy)
Joaquim Llisterri (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona & Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain)
Anne O'Keeffe (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Christoph Rühlemann (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany)
Paul Seedhouse (University of Newcastle, UK)
Paul Seligson (Freelance teacher trainer and materials writer, Brighton, UK)
A) General plenary sessions tackling theoretical issues and pedagogical
approaches to conversation.
B) Parallel talks and discussions focusing on relevant aspects of
conversation for language learning/SLA.
C) Show & Tell presentations looking into practical applications and software
D) Panel discussion chaired by an eminent scholar with the contribution of guest
E) Presentations of theoretical issues or research studies by participants.
Call for Papers
Extended Deadline for the Submission of Abstracts!!!
The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the International Symposium
"New Insights into the Study of Conversation. Applications to the Language
Classroom", has been extended.
New Deadline: 1st April, 2010.
We welcome papers (of approximately 20 minutes) and poster presentations
focusing on theoretical approaches and research studies in the field of
conversation, especially those concerned with innovative teaching trends and the
use of leading-edge technologies. The language of the symposium will be English
but presentations may be in English or Spanish.
Abstracts should be 300 words maximum, excluding references (a maximum of 5).
Submissions should be sent to: symposiumconversationugr.es
New deadline for submissions of abstracts: 1st April, 2010.
Information of acceptance to authors: 15th April, 2010.
Deadline for registration: Early bird registration: 30th April, 2010.
Late registration until fully booked.
Judith Carini Martínez
Francisco Gutiérrez Martín
María Teresa López-Mezquita Molina
Nobuo Ignacio López Sako
María Moreno Jaén
Carmen Pérez Basanta
María Elena Rodríguez Martín
Ángel Rosado García
Fernando Serrano Valverde
Dr Christián Abello Contesse
Dr Rosa Agost Canós
Dr María Jesús Blasco Mayor
Prof María Calzada Pérez
Prof Ronald Carter
Prof Angela Chambers
Dr Encarnación Hidalgo Tenorio
Dr Sacramento Jáimez Muñoz
Dr Rosa Jiménez Catalán
Prof Luis Quereda Rodríguez-Navarro
Dr Alfonso Rizo Rodríguez
For Further Information
Visit our webpage http://www.ugr.es/local/symposiumconversation
or contact us at symposiumconversationugr.es
Looking forward to seeing you in Granada next May, 2010!
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