LINGUIST List 26.974

Tue Feb 17 2015

Confs: Applied Linguistics/Italy

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 16-Feb-2015
From: Lucilla Lopriore <>
Subject: Standard and Variation in Second Language Education: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective
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Standard and Variation in Second Language Education: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective
Short Title: SLEdu

Date: 12-Nov-2015 - 13-Nov-2015
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact: Lucilla Lopriore
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The conference ‘Standard and variation in second language education: a cross-linguistic perspective’ will be held at Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, where courses of both western, eastern and near eastern languages are offered. The conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners and to provide an opportunity to present, compare and discuss current practices and approaches to second/foreign language education at university and tertiary level.

The conference program with the detailed description of each day schedule will be published once papers are selected.

Plenary speakers are:

Diane Larsen-Freeman
Professor Emerita, School of Education; Department of Linguistics; Research Scientist Emerita, English Language Institute, University of Michigan

ZhaoHong Han
Professor of Language and Education, Director of the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program, Codirector of TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) Program, Teachers College, Columbia University

Olivier Durand
Professor of Arabic Dialectology and Semitic Philology, Italian Institute of Oriental Studies-Sapienza, Member of AIDA (Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe)

Ineke Vedder
Senior researcher Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Cultures, Faculty of Humanities

Call for Papers:

Teaching approaches have been diversely interpreted and implemented in different contexts, while a gap between innovation and actual classroom practice is still widespread. This is particularly true for standards and language variation. If the global diffusion of English has facilitated the spread of innovative teaching approaches while meeting the challenge of World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca, the long-standing traditions of French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish have differently contributed to the development of specific approaches and enhanced research studies. A further challenge is represented by the growing number of European national languages being now taught as second or additional languages.

Other languages such as Arabic, Chinese or Japanese are now emerging as most requested foreign languages at university level. Some of these ‘new’ languages present quite a composite picture of diglossia, with strong normative tendencies expressed by the local academic circles or/and governmental institutions. The relationship between standard and variation is critical not only in the emerging languages, but also in those with a long-standing teaching tradition. In spite of the claims for the adoption of a more authentic approach, the grammatical, phonological and lexical norms generally adopted in foreign language teaching are still linked to standard linguistic norms.


- Input and material selection
- The use of corpora and of lexicographic tools
- The role of learners’ cultural and first language background
- Cross-linguistic language awareness
- Intercultural communication
- The teaching of language varieties
- Assessment

Proposals are invited for Paper presentations and Poster displays.
Paper presentation: 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion.
Poster sessions will be scheduled as part of the conference programme and will be first introduced by the presenters in a special session.

Abstract submission: March 15, 2015

- Abstracts can be in English or Italian for both paper and poster presentations.
- Abstracts should be 300 words long (exclusive of title and references). A list of three to five keywords has to be included at the end of the abstract. Titles should not exceed 12 words. Abstracts should be submitted as a PDF attachment.
- Co-authored abstracts must be submitted by the first author only, but they should include all the co-presenters’ data.
- The presenter(s)'s and co-presenter(s)’s name(s), address(es), affiliation(s), and brief biodata should not be included in the abstract. These must be e-mailed together with the abstract, but as a separate PDF attachment.
- Each person may submit no more than one single-authored abstract in addition to one joint-authored abstract.
- Abstracts submitted for paper presentations and poster sessions will be evaluated by at least two reviewers.
- Abstracts should be submitted by March 15, 2015 by email to:

The object of the email should state:

- SLEdu 2015 Paper submission (in case of papers)
- SLEdu 2015 Poster submission (in case of posters)

Important Dates:

March 15, 2015: Deadline for submission of all abstracts
April 15, 2015: Notification of acceptance by email
June 1, 2015: Deadline for early registration
January 31, 2016: Deadline for full manuscript submissions

Page Updated: 17-Feb-2015