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Tue Feb 17 2009

Confs: Applied Linguistics/USA

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Message 1: 30th Annual Winter Applied Linguistics Conference
Date: 16-Feb-2009
From: Lan Ngo <Lmn2118columbia.edu>
Subject: 30th Annual Winter Applied Linguistics Conference
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30th Annual Winter Applied Linguistics Conference

Date: 07-Mar-2009 - 07-Mar-2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contact: LaNysha Adams
Contact Email: Lta2101columbia.edu
Meeting URL: http://nystesol.org/sig/AppliedLinguistics.php

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The 30th Annual Winter Applied Linguistics Conference

Co-Sponsored by NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics SIG and Teachers College,
Columbia University
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Theme: Second/Foreign Language Research: Information Technology, Inquiry
and Interaction

Registration is now open for The 30th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics

Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University

Theme: Second/Foreign Language Research: Information Technology, Inquiry and

Plenary Speaker: Dr. John Liontas
''From Prescribing and Describing Linguistics to Analyzing Applied Linguistics
Research and Practice: A Multiplicity of Perspectives from Language Teaching,
Technology, and Idiomaticity''

The conference will feature:

Concurrent presentations throughout the day
Poster session
Publisher's exhibit

To pre-register, please download and complete the Pre-Registration Form.
Visit the NYS TESOL website: http://www.nystesol.org

Below is a sample of the presentations:

Seyed Vahid Aryadoust & Dr. Christine Goh

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Investigating the Construct Validity of the Listening Module of an International
Standardized Proficiency Test Of all IELTS modules, listening is the
least-researched one. This article reports on a study which investigated the
construct validity of the IELTS Listening from a specimen material. Using the
Rasch and factor analysis, the study discovers evidence detrimental to the
construct validity of the test. Implications for IELTS and second language
testing are also discussed.

Dr. Cynthia S. Wiseman, Dr. Maureen T. Matarese, & Joshua Belknap

Wikis in Language Learning
The presenters will showcase three ways in which wikis can scaffold teaching and
learning. The first approach highlights a fully-interactive wiki website for
teacher-student learning. The second examines how literacy teachers foster
collaborative learning and writing through student-authored, publicly-available
wiki-pages, and the third presents wikis in a language lab setting.

Tara Tarpey
Teachers College, Columbia University

I'm Bad at Grammar: Self-Deprecation in Undergraduate Peer Tutoring
Using conversation analysis as a framework, this presentation explores the
nature of self-deprecation offered by tutees during undergraduate writing center
advising episodes. The data reveal that self-deprecations in peer tutoring are
not followed by the conditionally-relevant preferred action of disagreement. The
institutionality of the setting will be discussed in relation to this finding.

Vu Ho
Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Effect of Association Strategies on L2 Word Association Consistency
This vocabulary development project involved 40 subjects and investigated the
effectiveness of nine association strategies designed to help L2 learners
associate foreign words more consistently. Results show that subjects with
training on these strategies performed significantly better than those without.
Furthermore, this desirable effect could be sustained over time.

Mimi Blaber, Eric Newman, & Melinda Thomsen
CUNY Immersion Program, LaGuardia Community College

Free software for language learners
Presenters will discuss two free computer applications used at LaGuardia
Community College for ESL students: Audacity®, an open source software for
recording and editing sounds and Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world
where students can travel, explore, socialize, and communicate in a digital

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