LINGUIST List 23.701

Fri Feb 10 2012

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/USA

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <>

Date: 09-Feb-2012
From: Francis Hult <>
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, 2012Hilton Boston Back BayBoston, 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 is appreciated.

* ELS is not affiliated with AAAL.


Springer publishes the Educational Linguistics book series ( 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 SymposiumProgram

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

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

10:05-10:25Disagreement in English as a Lingua Franca of Practice in ChinaDiana Boxer Weihua ZhuUniversity of Florida University of Wisconsin

10:25:10:45Tell me a Story: Developing Narrative and Agency through Analysis of Life StoriesSimon CoffeyKing's College London

10:45-11:05Incidental Acquisition of Arabic Vocabulary: Task Involvement or Other Interactions?Ayman MohmedMichigan State University

11:20-11:40Critical Reflections on a Professional Licensure Test Review Panel: An Analysis of Participation, Consequences, and PolicyEllen RintellSalem State University

11:40-12:00From Linguistic Competence to Linguistic Capital: Language Learning as an Economic ActivityHyunjung ShinUniversity of Saskatchewan

12:05-12:25Redesigning Communication Practices in Introductory FL Classrooms through Multiliteracies of Heuristic Literary Mini-genresEkaterina (Katya) ItesUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst

12:25-12:45The Political Economy of Language Education in Mexico: English for Public Primary SchoolsPeter SayerUniversity of Texas at San Antonio

12:45-1:05:Experimental Space I

Afternoon Keynote (2:30-3:00)Some Questions for Educational Linguistics: Time, Trust, Tasks, TestsMary McGroartyNorthern Arizona University

3:05-3:25Because 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 MeadowsFairleigh Dickinson University

3:25-3:45Does Linguistics Matter?: Benefits for Developmental Skills Community College StudentsSusan L. Price, Christine M. Jacknick, and Maureen T. MatareseBorough of Manhattan Community College - CUNY

3:45-4:05: Experimental Space Ii

4:25-4:45Minding the Policy Gaps- A Teacher Educator's Self Study on Steps to Address Tensions in Assessing 'Needs'Theresa AustinUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst

4:45-5:05Symbolic Policy and Classroom PracticesTracey CostleyKing's College London

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

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