2021 Call for Proposals
March 20 - 23, 2021
Call for Proposals
COVID-19 Note: We are planning for an onsite conference in Houston and will be monitoring the situation around COVID-19 throughout the conference planning process. Those who submitted abstracts for Denver can resubmit those, and new abstracts are, of course, welcome.
The 2021 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas. 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 Travel Policy
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2020, 4:00 pm EDT
Acceptance/Rejection emails will be sent out in early October 2020
We have created an exciting program for the 2021 conference, reflecting the wide range of research interests in applied linguistics. In addition, invited speakers and colloquia for Denver 2020 (cancelled) will be added to this website program once they have confirmed their wish to participate. We regret that we could not carry forward all presentations from 2020. Check out the plenary speakers and invited colloquia below:
Rodney Jones, University of Reading
Who broke the Internet? And who can fix it? Digital literacies in the age of the algorithm
Ute Römer, Georgia State University
Applied corpus linguistics for language acquisition, pedagogy, and beyond
Jonathan Rosa, Stanford University
Never enough language/Language is never enough: Raciolinguistic perspectives on applied linguistic theories of change
Ema Ushioda, University of Warwick
Motivation research and the multilingual turn: Taking a more critical orientation
Lynda Yates, Macquarie University
Getting the balance right: Language learning in and for the contemporary workplace
Suhanthie Motha, University of Washington
"Is an antiracist and decolonizing applied linguistics possible? Connecting the past to the future"
Language use and linguistic diversity in global peripheral youth cultures: Popular culture and social media
Organizer: Sender Dovchin, Curtin University
Indigenous languages and decolonization
Organizers: Barbra Meek, University of Michigan, & Cherry Meyer, University of Chicago
Political economy of language learning: Beyond neoliberal commodification
Organizer: Joseph Sung-Yul Park, National University of Singapore
Race, Identity and dialect in the Spanish language classroom
Organizers: Glenn Martinez, Ohio State University, & Kimberly Geeslin, Indiana University
Twenty-first century families: Connecting multilingualism, kinship, gender, and sexuality
Organizer: Lyn Wright, University of Memphis
Language program direction: Current and future trends (AAUSC@AAAL Joint Session)
Organizers: Carl Blyth, University of Texas - Austin, Kate Paesani, University of Minnesota, & Johanna Watzinger-Tharp, University of Utah
Language learning beyond English in Europe: Why it matters (EuroSLA@AAAL Joint Session)
Organizer: Clare Wright, University of Leeds
Researching and practicing SFL pedagogies in L2 education: Making SFL accessible (NASFLA@AAAL Joint Session)
Organizer: Marianna Ryshina-Pankova, Georgetown University
Re-articulations of language, race, and place in transregional settler colonialism
Organizer: Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, University of California, Berkeley
Neuroscience of second language acquisition: Opportunities and challenges
Organizers: Hyeonjeong Jeong, Tohoku University & Ping Lee, Pennsylvania State University
Learning languages with specific learning difficulties in the 21st century: Perspectives of identification, achievement, assessment 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
Construct definition in interpreter testing (ILTA@AAAL Joint Session)
Organizer: Helen Slatyer, Macquarie University, Sydney
Applied linguistics research in a post-COVID world
Organizers: Meg Malone, Georgetown University & Shondel Nero, New York University
Narrative Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Facilitators: Gary Barkhuizen, The University of Auckland and Anna de Fina, Georgetown University
Multimodal data transcription and analysis: methodologies and tools to advance your work
Facilitators: Søren Wind Eskildsen, University of Southern Denmark; Marianne Gullberg, Lund University; Gale Stam, National Louis University, Chicago; and Johannes Wagner, University of Southern Denmark
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 and Ideology (LID)
- Language and Technology (TEC)
- Language Cognition and Brain Research (COG)
- Language, Culture, and Socialization (LCS)
- Language Maintenance and Revitalization (LMR)
- Language Planning and Policy (LPP)
- Phonology/Phonetics and Oral Communication (POC)
- Pragmatics (PRG)
- 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)
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 secondary strand that also characterizes the submission. This will help conference organizers in preparing the conference program and in some instances, balancing the size and coherence of strands. You must choose a primary strand; the selection of a secondary strand is optional (but recommended).
Proposals are invited for individual papers, colloquia, posters, and roundtable discussions. The deadline for proposal submission is 4:00 p.m. on July 15, 2020 (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.
Abstract submissions for our Houston conference, March 20-23, 2021, are invited from June 1 to July 15. You can resubmit your abstracts from the 2020 Conference in Denver (updated, as appropriate) or new material. As a reminder, you are limited to one submission as a first-author. This year, the proposal system will automatically block multiple submissions as the first author.
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.There will be a time-keeper assigned to each roundtable session.
COLLOQUIA: Colloquia allow for extended discussion on a particular topic, achieved through the organization of individual presentations that are clearly linked to the colloquium theme and to each other. A number of colloquia are invited by the conference chair, but most are proposed by AAAL members. Proposals for colloquia can be for either a one-hour or two-hour block of time.
Two-hour colloquia: The number of presenters and length of each presentation is left up to discretion of the colloquium organizer, as is the decision to include one or more discussants. Because the purpose of this format is to foster dialogue among attendees, generous time allowance should be made throughout the colloquium for extended audience discussion of the papers presented. Colloquium proposers should, in addition to describing the content to be discussed and the coherence across the individual papers/presentations, state how time will be allocated across paper presentations, discussant remarks (optional), and audience discussion; this should be done without identifying presenters by name in order to preserve anonymity.
One-hour colloquia: One-hour colloquia consist of three individual 10-minute papers within a one-hour time slot proposed by the colloquium organizer(s). Like the 2-hr colloquium proposals, the papers should be closely connected to the same topic. A discussant may (or may not) be invited to provide some brief remarks. Each paper is typically allocated up to two minutes for clarification questions, followed by brief discussant comments (if any), leaving approximately 10 minutes for general discussion.
The advantage of a 1-hour colloquium is that the AAAL program can potentially accommodate more of these than 2-hour sessions and they allow for a more concise presentation of topics and accommodate more presenters at AAAL.
For both 2-hour and 1-hour colloquia, their 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
- Expectation of 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 integration of 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 schedule of 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
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 first author, whether a paper (including papers presented in a colloquium), a poster, or a roundtable session. This means that an individual can only appear once as a first author on the program. First authors are expected to present the research bearing their name, but all authors are encouraged to share in the presentation of co-authored research.
The first author is considered the presenting author and must register for the conference.
**NEW THIS YEAR**: The Confex online proposal system will block the submission of more than one proposal by the same “first author”. Please be highly selective when submitting to avoid rejection by the system.
An individual may take on an additional role as a colloquium organizer or discussant. NOTE: the same person can serve as discussant on only one colloquium at the conference. If asked to serve as a discussant on multiple colloquia, we request that the person choose one and decline other such discussant roles. For papers, an individual may also appear as a co-author/co-presenter of another paper, provided they are not first author.
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 (YOURNAME, date). Any proposal that does not respect the blind review format will be rejected.
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 submission 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, 2020 (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.
As stated in the AAAL Standing Rules:
Adjudicated conference presentations may not be done solely by telecommunication procedures; at least one co-author must be physically present at the conference.
i. Although in-person participation is prioritized, exceptions to this policy will be made in certain cases to allow for submission of a voice over PPT and speaker phone for Q&A segment with the session to be managed by a student volunteer. These accommodations may be made in the following circumstances, with supporting documentation of eligibility:
1. Medical circumstance of self or immediate family member which prevents travel
2. Denial or rejection of visa beyond a time frame which reasonably allows for travel accommodations to the conference, at the Conference Chair’s discretion
3. Citizenship of or current residence in a “travel ban” country
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For questions regarding the academic aspects of the conference, including proposal submission policies, please contact email@example.com.
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