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Fri Feb 10 2012

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/USA

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        1.     Francis Hult , Educational Linguistics Symposium

Message 1: Educational Linguistics Symposium
Date: 09-Feb-2012
From: Francis Hult <EdlingLgmail.com>
Subject: Educational Linguistics Symposium
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Educational Linguistics Symposium
Short Title: ELS

Date: 25-Mar-2012 - 25-Mar-2012
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contact: Francis Hult
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Educational Linguistics Symposium

Sponsored by Springer

‘Alternatives and Innovation in Applied Linguistics’

Sunday, March 25, 2012
Hilton Boston Back Bay
Boston, MA

About ELS:

Since the 1970s, educational linguistics has continued to gain strength as a transdiscipline dedicated to conducting research about and addressing practical concerns pertaining to language (in) education. With cultural and linguistic diversity flourishing worldwide while ominous political and economic circumstances in many countries are also leading to the problematization of educational systems, the core focus of educational linguistics to foster education that is both linguistically appropriate and socially responsible is more acute than ever.

The Educational Linguistics Symposium (ELS) brings together educational linguists working in diverse scholarly traditions in order to encourage dialogue about innovative ideas for addressing well known challenges in multilingual education. As such, ELS provides a space for seeking alternative connections among different lines of inquiry that may not normally intersect. The inaugural meeting of ELS includes eleven paper presentations and three keynote talks by leading scholars.

Keynote Speakers:

‘From Monolingualism to Multilingualism and Back Again?’
Sinfree Makoni, Pennsylvania State University

‘Some Questions for Educational Linguistics: Time, Trust, Tasks, Tests’
Mary McGroarty, Northern Arizona University

‘What Counts as Language and Communication Competence in Ethnolinguistically Diverse Classrooms?’
Constant Leung, King's College London

Symposium Venue:

ELS will take place in the Fenway Room of the Hilton Boston Back Bay from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Directions to the hotel are available here:


Participants registered for the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference* may attend ELS at no additional cost. In addition, ELS is free for all graduate students in language-related fields at Boston-area universities. Pre-registration is not required, but RSVP with name and institutional affiliation to EdlingL AT gmail.com is appreciated.

* ELS is not affiliated with AAAL.


Springer publishes the Educational Linguistics book series (http://www.springer.com/series/5894). It is also the publisher of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Language Policy journal, and Multilingual Education journal, along with numerous other titles in language and education. For more information, visit:



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Educational Linguistics Symposium

Opening Remarks (9:15-9:30)
Francis M. Hult
University of Texas at San Antonio

Opening Keynote (9:30-10:00)
From Monolingualism to Multilingualism and Back Again?
Sinfree Makoni
Pennsylvania State University

Disagreement in English as a Lingua Franca of Practice in China
Diana Boxer Weihua Zhu
University of Florida University of Wisconsin

Tell me a Story: Developing Narrative and Agency through Analysis of Life Stories
Simon Coffey
King's College London

Incidental Acquisition of Arabic Vocabulary: Task Involvement or Other Interactions?
Ayman Mohmed
Michigan State University

Critical Reflections on a Professional Licensure Test Review Panel: An Analysis of Participation, Consequences, and Policy
Ellen Rintell
Salem State University

From Linguistic Competence to Linguistic Capital: Language Learning as an Economic Activity
Hyunjung Shin
University of Saskatchewan

Redesigning Communication Practices in Introductory FL Classrooms through Multiliteracies of Heuristic Literary Mini-genres
Ekaterina (Katya) Ites
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Political Economy of Language Education in Mexico: English for Public Primary Schools
Peter Sayer
University of Texas at San Antonio

Experimental Space I

Afternoon Keynote (2:30-3:00)
Some Questions for Educational Linguistics: Time, Trust, Tasks, Tests
Mary McGroarty
Northern Arizona University

Because cars reflect national characteristics, don't they?: The Contribution of Stereotyping Humor to Nationalist Ideology and Why It Matters for Students in a Globalized World.
Bryan Meadows
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Does Linguistics Matter?: Benefits for Developmental Skills Community College Students
Susan L. Price, Christine M. Jacknick, and Maureen T. Matarese
Borough of Manhattan Community College - CUNY

3:45-4:05: Experimental Space Ii

Minding the Policy Gaps- A Teacher Educator's Self Study on Steps to Address Tensions in Assessing 'Needs'
Theresa Austin
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Symbolic Policy and Classroom Practices
Tracey Costley
King's College London

Closing Keynote (5:10-5:40)
What Counts as Language and Communication Competence in Ethnolinguistically Diverse Classrooms?
Constant Leung
King's College London

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