LINGUIST List 29.3572

Tue Sep 18 2018

Calls: Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/USA

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Date: 14-Sep-2018
From: Wei-Li Hsu <>
Subject: 4th Annual Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Conference
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Full Title: 4th Annual Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Conference
Short Title: 4th Annual CLIC Conference

Date: 12-Apr-2019 - 14-Apr-2019
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Contact Person: Heather Lazare
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2018

Meeting Description:

The 4th Annual CLIC Conference focuses on the analysis of the social and ethical consequences of assessment practices in second language education, ranging from macro-level perspectives, such as language ideology, to micro-level perspectives, such as classroom interaction.

Call for Papers:

Second language tests are often designed with the expressed purpose of eliminating the influence of contextual factors to generalize findings of test-takers beyond the specificity of the testing situation. By limiting the effect of contextual factors, however, we may create mismatches between test outcomes and actual language use and between test purposes and test uses. More specifically, many scholars (Fulcher, 2004; Hill & McNamara, 2011; Kunnan, 2004; McNamara & Ryan, 2011; Shohamy, 2001) have proposed to purposefully include the role of context in tests to examine the social and ethical consequences of assessment.

Proposals are invited to address work on language assessment in the following broad thematic divisions:

a) Theoretical frameworks for assessing social and ethical consequences of assessment;
b) Advantages and limitations of incorporating various layers of social context into the theoretical construct of L2 ability;
c) Social and ethical issues when tests use decontextualized language data, with limited regard to the actual language use by the target language communities;
d) Practical adaptations required to make general assessment frameworks (e.g., ACTFL, CEFR, TOEFL, Cambridge exams) viable for the evaluation of language ability at the local level;
e) Political connotations of the specific tests based on contextualized views of L2 competence.

Invited Speakers:
Professor Glenn Fulcher (University of Leicester, UK)
Professor Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Types of Presentations:

Papers: (30 minutes)
This format is best for completed theory-oriented research. Speakers will have 20 minutes to present their papers, followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments from the audience.

Posters: (1 hour)
Poster sessions will provide an opportunity for researchers to interact with interested participants during the hour-long poster session.

Submission of Abstracts:

Your submission should be sent to as an email attachment to by December 1, 2018.
Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, double-spaced. They should be clearly written and concisely address the following:

Context of the issues(s) researched or discussed
Purpose of the study, theoretical discussion, or development project
Summary of the approach, methodology, or analytical procedures used
Results, outcomes, or conclusions
Implications and/or significance to the field of language testing

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

Clarity of the abstract
Quality of the research study
Contribution to the field

Awards for Best Presentations by Graduate Students: $500 for each of the two awardees to the graduate students who give the best presentations at the conference.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

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