2020 Call for Proposals
March 28 - 31, 2020
Call for Proposals
The 2020 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference. Conference participants can look forward to in-depth colloquia, paper, poster, and round-table sessions, as well as topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking.
Table of Contents
- Plenary Speaker and Invited Colloquia Information
- Proposal Format
- Evaluation of Proposals
- Proposal Policies
- Submission Process
- Requests for Meeting Spaces
AAAL began accepting submissions on June 1, 2019
Submission Deadline: July 17, 2019, 4:00 pm EDT
We have created an exciting program for the 2020 conference, reflecting the wide range of research interests in applied linguistics. Check out the plenary speakers and invited colloquia below:
Alison Mackey, Georgetown University
"Cognitive-Interactionist SLA: Findings, new methods, and the big picture"
Suhanthie Motha, University of Washington
"Is an antiracist and decolonizing applied linguistics possible? Connecting the past to the future"
Deb Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Local Voices Network: bringing under-heard community voices, perspectives
"Re-articulations of language, race, and place in transregional settler colonialism"
Organizer: Patricia Baquedano-López, University of California, Berkeley
"Neuroscience of second language acquisition: Opportunities and challenges"
Organizers: Hyeonjeong Jeong, Tohoku University and Ping Li, Pennsylvania State University
"Learning languages with specific learning difficulties in the 21st century: Perspectives of identification, assessment, achievement and teacher education"
Organizer: Judit Kormos, Lancaster University
"Advances in the study of semiotic repertoires: mobilities, modalities, spatialities"
Organizer: Annelies Kusters, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Organizers: Meg Malone, Georgetown University and Shondel Nero, New York University
"Braided histories – braided futures of Indigenous language reclamation work: Retelling ancestral stories – storying new Indigenous linguistic futures"
Organizers: Sheilah E. Nicholas, University of Arizona and Kari A.B. Chew, University of Victoria
"Degrees of difficulty to learn an additional language: the role of typological distinctions and linguistic distances between the languages involved"
Organizers: Job Schepens, Freie University; Frans van der Slik, Radboud University; and R. van Hout, Radboud University
"Construct validity in interpreter testing" (Joint Colloquium with ILTA)
Organizer: Dr. Helen Slatyer from the Translation and Interpretation Program at Macquarie University in
Proposals are welcome in the following topic strands:
- Analysis of Discourse and Interaction (DIS)
- Assessment and Evaluation (ASE)
- Bilingual, Immersion, Heritage, and Minority Education (BIH)
- Corpus Linguistics (COR)
- Educational Linguistics (EDU)
- Language Cognition and Brain Research (COG)
- Language and Ideology (LID)
- Language and Technology (TEC)
- Language Maintenance and Revitalization (LMR)
- Language Planning and Policy (LPP)
- Language, Culture, Socialization
- Phonology/Phonetics and Oral Communication (POC)
- Reading, Writing, and Literacy (RWL)
- Research Methodology (REM)
- Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy (PED)
- Second Language Acquisition, Language Acquisition, and Attrition (SLA)
- Sociolinguistics (SOC)
- Teacher Education, Beliefs, and Identities (TED)
- Text Analysis (Written Discourse) (TXT)
- Translation, Interpretation and Language Access (TRI)
- Vocabulary and Lexical Studies (VOC)
New this year: You must select a primary strand for your submission. This is the strand in which your submission will very likely be reviewed and grouped. If applicable, please choose a
Proposals are invited for individual papers, colloquia, posters, and roundtable discussions. The deadline for proposal submission is 4:00 p.m. on July 17, 2019 (EDT; UTC-4). If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you should do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline to allow for changes to take place in the system. Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline.
INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period, including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers grouped by strand or theme.
There will not be designated session chairs and presenters are responsible for keeping time. When their presentation time comes, presenters must announce their session title, introduce themselves briefly, and start their presentation. All presenters must present their work during their scheduled time. No time changes will be allowed even if the previous presenter is absent or has finished early. Each presenter must make sure that they respect their allocated time in order to allow for the other presenters in the session to set up their equipment and start on time.
POSTERS: Poster presentations are intended for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g. charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the opportunity they provide for extended discussion with other researchers. There will be several poster sessions scheduled, each approximately 1.5 hours in length. Presenters are required to be present at their posters during the coffee breaks scheduled within the session to which they have been allocated. For the rest of the period, presenters may choose to stay at their poster board at their discretion. The bulletin boards for mounting the posters are normally four feet by eight feet in size. One poster presenter will use the front and another presenter will use the back.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: Roundtable discussions are an opportunity for informal, in-depth discussions between presenters and attendees on a specific topic. They are particularly well suited for works-in-progress and are not meant to be formal paper presentations. The purpose is not to present on a finished project but rather to address a specific topic in such a way as to engender whole-group discussion. The advantage of roundtable sessions is that they allow for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared research interests. Presenters are encouraged to prepare handouts or clearly visible laptop PowerPoint slides for key information needed to support the discussion.
Roundtable discussions will be held in large rooms with several sessions taking place at the same time at different tables. Audience/participants then choose the table/topic of interest to sit at. Each table will be organized by strand or theme. Each presenter will be assigned to a table that seats up to ten attendees. Presenters will be allocated 30 minutes: 10-15 minutes to speak on their topic and 15-20 minutes for group discussion
COLLOQUIA: Colloquia allow for
Two-hour colloquia: The number of presenters and length of each presentation is left up to
One-hour colloquia: This is a format designed to provide better coherence among the shorter 10-minute paper sessions offered at AAAL in previous years. Conferences in many other academic fields limit presentations of full papers to a maximum of ten minutes, in paper sessions that are thematically linked. This has some advantages: it encourages conciseness and focus and allows more time for discussion than the longer paper presentations. Sessions in this format will consist of three individual ten-minute papers within a one-hour time slot. Each paper is allocated up to two minutes for clarification questions, followed by 20 - 25 minutes of discussion after all three papers have been presented. The thematic linking of the three papers in the session was previously made by the AAAL conference organizing
Colloquium organizers serve as the liaisons between participants in the colloquium and the AAAL conference program committee and are therefore responsible for all communication among the presenters and discussants.
AV EQUIPMENT: Please note that AV equipment will not be available for Posters or Roundtable Discussions. Presenters may bring handouts or use their laptops if they wish. However, be advised that the computers will have to operate on the battery as there will be no outlets
Please note the following word limits for all proposal types, including the colloquia components:
Title: 15 Words
Abstract: 300 Words
Please note that for a colloquium proposal:
- The colloquium organizer(s) must provide an overview of the entire colloquium, including title (15 words) and abstract (300 words), as well as information about the format/timing of presentation and discussion as noted above.
- Each individual panelist must also provide a title and abstract for their paper in the colloquium.
All proposals are evaluated by a team of reviewers according to each of the following categories:
- Appropriateness and significance of the topic/issue/problem
Expectationof original research
- Research design if an empirical study, including clearly stated questions, data sources, data collection procedures, and analytic approach
- Conceptual framework if a conceptual study, including
integrationof topic into current thinking, clear exposition of treatment of topic and contributions to the literature
- Manner of presentation (indicative of a clear and well-organized presentation)
Proposals for roundtable sessions will also be evaluated for each of the following categories:
- Clarity of objectives and intended outcomes of the session
- Methods planned to engage participants in the discussion
Proposals for colloquia will also be evaluated for each of the following categories:
- Appropriateness and significance of the topic
- Presentation of original and on-going research studies OR differing or dissenting perspectives on an important issue
- Coherence and complementarity of the papers
- Manner of presentation
- Two-Hour Colloquia: clearly indicated
scheduleof activity with significant amounts of time allocated for discussion of the presentations and audience participation)
- One-Hour Colloquia: i) three clearly indicated separate papers, each with content that lends itself to a 10-minute presentation; ii) a colloquium organizer (who must be one or more of the authors of the individual papers); and iii) a clearly indicated schedule that allows for a minimum of 20 minutes of discussion following the presentation of the three papers
- Two-Hour Colloquia: clearly indicated
Please note that if colloquia are accepted, the schedule of activity, including the order of presentations, will appear in the conference program as listed in the proposal and must be respected in the actual presentation of papers
Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as
The first author is considered the presenting author and must register for the conference.
An individual may take on an additional role as a colloquium organizer or discussant. For papers, an individual may also appear as a co-author/co-presenter of another paper, provided they are not
All proposals (for individual papers, posters, roundtable sessions, and colloquia) must represent original and unpublished work that is not yet available to the AAAL membership (with the exception of material from publications in press).
Proposals for all presentation formats will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Please ensure that any reference made to your previous work within the proposal does not include self-reference information that clearly identifies you or one of your co-authors. Avoid, for example, statements such as In a previous study, we (
Individuals who will not be attending the conference are discouraged from submitting proposals. Conference attendees highly value the discussion period with all authors at the conclusion of conference sessions. Presenters who know that they cannot attend the conference are asked to withdraw their proposals as soon as possible to give another presenter a place on the program. If unforeseen circumstances at the last minute dictate that a presenter cannot attend the conference, a substitute will be permitted.
The author’s confirmation of attendance and presentation signifies that the author will present the paper on the day and time assigned by the conference program committee. AAAL will not respond to or consider requests for a specific time slot.
Before submitting a proposal, please read the brief descriptors for each strand, which are available through the Call for Proposals on the AAAL website. Try to submit your proposal to the strand that most closely relates to your main theme. If you are unsure, please ask a colleague, professor, or supervisor who is familiar with AAAL Conference procedures.
Before submitting a proposal, remember to check your membership status (you need to be a member or have a guest account in order to submit your proposal). PLEASE REMEMBER: If you need to renew your membership or create a guest account, you must do so at least 3 hours before the submissions deadline. Requests relating to membership or guest accounts later than this may mean that you are unable to submit your abstract by the deadline.
Individuals or groups wishing to use rooms at the conference venue for meetings outside the conference program should make their requests using the Meeting Request Form, which will be automatically submitted to the conference team, no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2019 (EDT; UTC-4). Such meeting spaces may be required for sessions with journal editors, editorial board meetings, and other networking opportunities. Requests for meetings will be considered within the inevitable constraints of time and space available.
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