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LINGUIST List 24.4295

Wed Oct 30 2013

Calls: Language Acquisition/Poland

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Oct-2013
From: Dagmara Gałajda <szczyrkconference2014gmail.com>
Subject: 26th International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition: Material Culture
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Full Title: 26th International Conference on Foreign / Second Language Acquisition: Material Culture
Short Title: ICFSLA

Date: 22-May-2014 - 24-May-2014
Location: Szczyrk, Poland
Contact Person: Dagmara Gałajda
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://uranos.cto.us.edu.pl/~icfsla/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

The Institute of English at the University of Silesia is pleased to announce the 26th International Conference on Foreign and Second Language Acquisition (ICSFLA). The main theme of the 26th ICSFLA is:

Material culture in studying second/foreign language acquisition and learning

The theme of the 26th conference is fairly new as a research theme; however it has already gained quite a lot of scholarly recognition in the second language acquisition (SLA) and multilingual language acquisition (MLA) research field. Through choosing this theme we would like to contribute to this quickly developing field. In the context of second language acquisition/learning, possible research areas of material culture issues (Aronin 2013) can refer to the material culture of learning: artifacts (books, authentic materials, realia) used and a historical perspective on their use. The research on material culture in SLA can investigate the learning and teaching environment of the FL classroom versus L2 acquisition. Also the way material objects reflect identities, beliefs and attitudes can be the focus of scholarly studies on material culture. Material culture artifacts (objects, events) and language as their integral element can be explored with a view to establishing their relationship. An important aspect of today's language learning and teaching embraces internet and virtual materiality which mark a significant area of language research and belong, undeniably, to material culture aspects of language research.

A couple of years ago we introduced an additional event held during the conference, namely a Ph. D. workshop. The response to it has been overwhelmingly positive over the past two years; thus, the upcoming conference will also offer this opportunity for new Ph.D. candidates to present their research projects. The lead facilitators will be Professor Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University) and Professor Danuta Gabryś-Barker (University of Silesia), but also other scholars experienced in the supervision of doctoral projects in SLA.

We are pleased to announce that the following scholars working in the field of material culture have expressed their willingness to present plenary papers at our conference:

Professor Larissa Aronin (Oranim Academic College of Education, Tivon /Trinity College, Dublin)
Professor Vivian Cook (University of Newcastle)
Professor Hanna Komorowska (University of Social Sciences and Humanities/University of Warsaw)
Professor Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University, Philadelphia)
Professor David Singleton (University of Pannonia, Hungary/Trinity College, Dublin)

Organising Committee:

Danuta Gabryś-Barker
Adam Wojtaszek
Dagmara Gałajda

Call for Papers:

All those wishing to contribute papers or just to attend presentations and Ph.D. workshop, are welcome to participate in the conference. Paper abstracts should be sent before 31 January 2014 to our email address: szczyrkconference2014gmail.com. The registration form, including the paper abstract, should be sent as an attachment to the above email address.

Additionally, to facilitate the procedure of building the conference database, all participants are kindly asked to type their entry details into an Excel document (baza2014.xls), filling in all the columns in the second row below the blue headings, and send it back as a separate attachment, changing its name to SurnameName.xls (in Excel 2003 format). Both the documents necessary for registration can be downloaded from our webpage at http://uranos.cto.us.edu.pl/~icfsla/index.htm.

As we do every year, if you do not feel comfortable with the main theme of the conference and would like to present your empirical research in different areas of SLA, we will also review these proposals with the view to accepting them for presentation during the conference, provided they are at the appropriate level of expertise and academic rigour.

The Ph.D. workshop is open to all Ph.D. students in SLA/MLA and the prospective participants are asked to send a 500 word description of their Ph.D. thesis proposal for a 10-minute presentation and then feedback discussion of it with the facilitators and other workshop participants.



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