LINGUIST List 24.2314

Wed Jun 05 2013

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Translation/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 04-Jun-2013
From: Mary Long <>
Subject: 2nd International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes
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Full Title: 2nd International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes Short Title: LSP
Date: 17-Apr-2014 - 19-Apr-2014 Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA Contact Person: Mary Long
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Translation

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2013

Meeting Description:

2nd International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)

Call for Papers:

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Anderson Languages and Technologies Center (ALTEC), The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Program on International Affairs and Leeds Global Initiatives at the University of Colorado Boulder along with the University of Colorado Denver CIBER invite proposals from educators, scholars, publishers and language policy makers and leaders worldwide for individual papers, panels, round table discussions, interactive workshops, posters and technological tools showcases to be presented at the Second International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP-2014).

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, October 31, 2013.

Proposals will be accepted through the online submission system at

Successful proposals will clearly indicate the relationship of the presentation to the core symposium themes. Presentations should provide an opportunity for symposium participants to engage with some of the challenging and fundamental questions at the intersection of scholarship and the teaching and learning of LSP.

Priority will be given to proposals that address the interdisciplinary nature of LSP Studies through the following focus areas:

LSP Theory: Proposals should address the evolution of principles, theories and modes which will serve to explain and predict what Languages for Specific Purposes is and will be.

LSP Methodology: Proposals should address the interplay with or adaptation of any of the variety of second language acquisition, experiential learning practices etc. to LSP methodology as well as studies which compare the success of these various approaches in the LSP field.

LSP Content: Proposals should address the development of Intercultural Competence through the interplay between Specific Purpose content (i.e. business, medical, legal, translation, academic, etc.) and broader bodies of academic research related to the cultural perspectives, practices, and products of the pertinent geographical region.

LSP Institutional Structures: Proposals in this area should address transformation of traditional language/literature programs and/or approaches to LSP research and studies offered outside the exclusive confines of the traditional University Academic language/literature department i.e. Language Technology Centers, CLAC and LAC programs, Language Flagships, hybrid and on-line learning, study abroad, community-based learning, internships, service learning, residential programs, social networking communities etc.

General Proposal Guidelines:

Proposals and presentations should be in English. LSP proposals may address the scholarship, teaching and/or learning of any specific language (including English as a second/foreign language).

All proposals must include the following:

- Name and title of the author/organizer, institutional affiliation, and contact information
- Title of the proposed presentation
- Abstract (300 words); program description (50 words)
- Indicate any equipment needs for your presentation

Proposals for panels and round table discussions must also include:

- Name, title, and institutional affiliation for each additional participant
- Role or proposed topic to be covered by each additional participant (150 words)
- Indication that all proposed participants have been contacted and have agreed to participate

Types of Presentation:

Presentations may be made in a number of formats, as listed below. You must indicate the proposed format in your submission. The Conference Committee may negotiate the proposed delivery format with the speaker.

Panel Presentations (75 minutes):

Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a panel of presentations on a related subject, with each presenter offering a perspective on the topic. Panels may include a chair/moderator, three or four presenters, and a discussant. Depending on the number of panelists, each presenter will be allotted 15-20 minutes to deliver his/her paper, allowing 15 minutes at the end of the panel for commentary by a discussant and/or questions.

Panel proposals must include information on all proposed participants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the panel.

Individual Papers (15-20 minutes):

Individual paper proposals provide an opportunity to present original contributions to the research, theory, and practice of LSP teaching and learning. Submissions should demonstrate an awareness of relevant literature, and clearly indicate the importance of the proposed topic to conference themes. Upon acceptance, individual papers will be organized into panels of three or four by subject.

Round Table Discussions (45 minutes):

Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a round table discussion on a topic related to symposium themes. Like panels, round table discussions are coordinated by an organizer/moderator, and offer different perspectives on the proposed topic. However, rather than focusing on the presentation of individual papers, presentation time for each discussant is limited to 5-7 minutes. The majority of the session is devoted to dialogue between the discussants and the audience.

In the best round tables, the speakers are aware of each other’s work and views, and they refute or support those views in their own talks. There’s real interchange, as well as the chance to go in-depth very quickly. They are time-efficient and encourage audience participation in the discussion.

Proposals for round table discussions must include information on all proposed discussants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the round table discussion.

Interactive Workshops (45 minutes) and Pre-conference Workshops (3 hours):

Presenters spend a short amount of time on the delivery of the pedagogical concept, theory or model, and the majority of the session is devoted to direct, hands-on participation by the attendees. Workshops are organized to address a theme, discussion is informal and interactive, and papers are not presented.

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