Category Archives: TEFL/TESL, Applied Linguistics

Symposium on Second Language Writing, November 13-15, 2014 USA, deadline June 1 2014

I’ve been to the Symposium on Second Language Writing twice, and am considering going again this year. Their call for presentation proposals is below.

Call for Proposals

The 13th Symposium on Second Language Writing
“Professionalizing Second Language Writing”
November 13-15, 2014
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

The 2013 Symposium Organizing Committee seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of L2 writing—broadly defined.

Any topic related to second language writing theory, research, or teaching is welcome; we especially encourage proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches.

As with all previous Symposium iterations, we are interested in L2 writing issues in any second or foreign language for any age groups in personal, academic, professional and civic contexts. Given the theme of the Symposium, we particularly encourage proposals that address issues of second language writing as a profession.

Proposals must include both a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract (including references). To submit your proposal, please use the online proposal submission form available at:

Proposals must be received by 23:59:59 on June 1, 2014 (Arizona Time; Mountain Standard Time; UTC-0700). Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of experts. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 30, 2014.

Multiple submissions are allowed, but the same person cannot be listed as the first author for more than one proposal. Once the proposal has been accepted, no additional presenters can be added.

For more information about SSLW 2014, please visit our website at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Job Opportunity: English; Applied Linguistics; ESL: Fellow, US Department of State English Language Fellow Program, Worldwide

This looks like a really interesting opportunity to work abroad if you’re a US citizen and have some experience of teaching in the US. I just may apply myself someday:

Subject: English; Applied Linguistics; ESL: Fellow, US Department of State English Language Fellow Program, Worldwide
University or Organization: US Department of State English Language Fellow Program 
Job Location: Worldwide
Web Address:
Job Rank: Fellow

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; ESL

Required Language(s): English (eng)


Interested in improving your skill set, developing professionally, and promoting mutual understanding all while teaching abroad for 10 months? 

The English Language (EL) Fellow Program promotes English language learning around the world and fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. The Program places highly qualified teachers in paid professional positions at projects initiated by U.S. embassies in all regions of the world. It is an opportunity for ESL teachers to enhance their professional career as they contribute to cross-cultural awareness throughout the world. Assignments are for a 10-month period typically beginning in September 2014. 

The EL Fellow Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. As a program administrator, Georgetown University's Center for International Education and Development is recruiting applicants for approximately 100 positions for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Please review the eligibility requirements before applying. More detailed information regarding eligibility is available at the application URL below. 

- U.S. Citizenship 
- Master’s in TESOL OR in a field related to English language teaching 
- Classroom ESL/EFL teaching experience 
- Personal qualities of patience, determination, flexibility, teamwork initiative and a love of adventure 

- Two years’ experience teaching ESL/EFL 
- One year experience training English language teachers and/or teacher trainers 
- A minimum of one year teaching in the U.S. education system (K-16 or adult education) 
- Demonstrated commitment to the field of English language teaching (e.g., membership in a TEFL/TESL professional organization; presentations at an EFL/ESL conference) 

Program benefits: 
- Stipend: $30,000 
- Living allowance (rent, utilities, local transportation) 
- Textbook and pre-departure allowances 
- Supplementary health benefit plan 
- Round trip airfare from the United States to the host country 

Complete on-line application dossier must contain the following: 
- Application 
- Résumé 
- Two 1-page lesson plans/teacher training modules 
- Statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words) 
- Statement of personal qualities you will bring to the EL Fellow Program (250 words) 
- Two current reference letters 
- Graduate transcript

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: 
Contact Information:
	Benjamin Perdue 

Courtesy of The Linguist List

New Association: The Learner Corpus Association (LCA)

There’s a new association for learner corpus research that may be of interest. Details follow.

The Learner Corpus Association (LCA) aims to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on learner corpus research from an interdisciplinary perspective: 
- Second language acquisition
- Foreign language teaching (including CALL)
- Language testing
- NLP applications (automated scoring, L1 identification, error detection and correction, etc.)
- Other language-related fields

The association was officially launched at the second Learner Corpus Research conference which took place in Bergen (Norway) on 27-29 September, 2013. 
The LCA maintains a dedicated website and initiates a bi-yearly conference. You can access the LCA website at the following URL:

Registered members will have access to the members-only sections of the website which will contain a range of resources, including shared corpora, publications and corpus tools and a regularly updated searchable learner corpus bibliography. They will also be able to take part in forums focused on a range of topics (learner corpus design, annotation, methodology, applications, etc.) and benefit from discounts, notably from publishers, negotiated by the LCA. 

Registration is now open at Registered members will be able to take part in the election of the Executive Board due to take place in early December. 
If you want to help us shape the association and contribute to its success, don't hesitate to join us! 

Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Sylviane Granger, Fanny Meunier & Magali Paquot 
Founding Members of the Association

New Academic Writing App

Some of my students have expressed interest in improving their academic writing skills. This new app from the University College London looks like an interesting way to practice your academic English. If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

Academic Writing in English (AWE)

Now available: a brand new app for smartphones and tablets: Academic Writing in English (AWE), available for free from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

AWE is a complete course designed to help you improve your academic writing assignments, such as:
– class essays;
– exam essays;
– experimental reports;
– scientific essays;
– dissertations;
– academic articles.

AWE includes:
– an in-depth self-learning course covering the entire creative process of academic writing;
– interactive exercises that help you learn;
– checklists for reviewing your critical thinking, your arguments and your essay as a whole;
– an extensive glossary of important terms.

AWE also provides easy tips for avoiding plagiarism, conducting research, thinking critically, making strong arguments and presenting your work well.

Coming soon (also free): English Spelling and Punctuation (ESP).

Already available (in a free and paid version): the interactive Grammar of English (iGE).

For more information, see:

Call for contributions for JALT Learner Development SIG Forum at JALT2014 in Tsukuba in November

This just in from the JALT Learner Development SIG:

Call for Contributions for the Learner Development SIG Forum at JALT2014, Tsukuba, Tsukuba International Convention Center, November 21-24, 2014

Greetings from the LD SIG. The deadline for presentations for this year’s JALT National conference is over, but there is still time to make a contribution to the Learner Development SIG Forum. This year, we are planning to hold a forum entitled “Learner Development Across Borders” and we warmly invite you to contribute.

Contributions from individuals are welcome, however in the LD SIG’s spirit of collaboration, we would like to encourage you to work together in pairs or groups with other SIG members or colleagues to make your contributions to the forum. There are 3 ideas for borders that could be used to make your contributions:

1) Learner development across international borders: Here contributions might focus on the ways that learner development is implemented outside Japan. If you have taught outside Japan or if you have colleagues who are teaching in other countries, this could be a good chance to share and discuss your experiences of promoting learner development in different cultural contexts.

2) Learner development across interdisciplinary borders: Here contributions might focus on how ideas outside the field of LD or even language education (for example psychology, business, archaeology, etc) can be used to complement and enhance concepts in Learner development (for example, autonomy or collaborative learning) and illuminate new directions for Learner Development. This might also be a good opportunity for members to collaborate and co-present with members from other SIGs.

3) Learner development across contextual borders: Here contributions might focus on how contextual factors can influence the implementation of learner development concepts, for example, learners with lower vs higher linguistic ability or high school vs university vs adult students, etc. This might be a good chance for you to work together with other teachers and look at the different challenges you face and then discuss the various considerations of implementing LD into different contexts with the participants in the forum.

These are 3 ideas of different borders you could explore for your contributions, but if you have your own ideas of other borders for LD, please feel free to submit those too.

As for the format of the forum, at present we plan to hold simultaneous displays or presentation corners, with plenty of opportunities for audience interaction, discussion and plenary roundup.

The deadline for submissions is April 30th 2014. To participate, please send to <>the following information:

1. a title for your contribution
2. a few sentences (maximum 100 words) about your contribution to the forum and what you will focus on
3. your first name and family name
4. your JALT membership number
5. your affiliation
6. your LD membership status (LD SIG member/subscriber: yes/no)
7. your email address
8. a contact cell phone number if you have one.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your contribution. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you! Many thanks!

Funded PhD Studentship University of York, UK

This looks like an excellent opportunity for someone who has a proposal ready to submit–deadline February 3.

Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:31:26
From: Peter Sells []
Subject: PhD Student, University of York, United Kingdom

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 Institution/Organization: University of York 
Department: Language and Linguistic Science 
Web Address: 

Level: PhD 

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics 


The Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York has two doctoral programmes, the PhD in Linguistics and the PhD in Language and Communication ( We offer the possibility of several doctoral studentships and fellowships funded by:
- AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
- ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council; preference will be given to applications in the area of advanced quantitative methods in comparative linguistics)
- Wolfson Foundation

Closing date for these: 3 February 2014. You must have been offered an unconditional or conditional place on one of our PhD programmes before this deadline.

Other scholarship opportunities include:
- Scholarship for Overseas Students (SOS)
- Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS)
- Overseas Continuation Scholarship (OCS)

We invite applications in all branches of linguistics, especially in these areas of strength: 
- Adult second-language learning, especially psycholinguistic aspects
- Arabic phonetics and sociolinguistics 
- Child language learning, especially phonological development
- Conversation Analysis, especially phonetic approaches
- Corpus Linguistics, especially as applied to Historical Linguistics
- Forensic Speech Science
- Historical Linguistics
- Linguistic Typology
- Phonetics and Sociophonetics
- Phonology
- Semantics
- Sociolinguistics, including Language Variation and Change
- Syntax, including quantitative approaches to comparative syntax

Before applying, you should identify a potential supervisor in the Department whose expertise matches your proposed research topic, and you should contact that person in advance. You should then make an application electronically (see website for details). Your application should include a research proposal of 1,500–2,500 words. 

At any stage, feel free to seek further advice from Professor Paul Kerswill (PhD in Linguistics) ( or Dr Richard Ogden (PhD in Language and Communication) (

Further details of the application process can be obtained through our Postgraduate Administrator, Martha Harrold ( 

Application Deadline: 03-Feb-2014 

Web Address for Applications: 

Contact Information: 
	Martha Harrold

PhD Studentship at Manchester, UK Deadline Feb 2014

This looks like an exciting opportunity for someone to complete an in-residence PhD:

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:54:15
From: Eva Schultze-Berndt []
Subject: PhD Student, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Institution/Organization: University of Manchester
Department: Linguistics and English Language
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The Department of Linguistics and English Language at The University of Manchester is pleased to invite applications for PhD studentships through the University’s President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Competition. We welcome applications from outstanding students for 2014-15 entry (start September 2014) for the following degree programmes:
– PhD in English Language
– PhD in Linguistics

Students of all nationalities and research areas are eligible for the award, which covers tuition fees (home/EU or international, as appropriate) and the equivalent of the research council stipend (£13,863 per annum).

The Department of Linguistics and English Language is an international centre for Linguistics and English Language, with 20 full-time members of staff and approximately 30 Postgraduate Research students. It is unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms. In their research, members of the department combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations. Areas of expertise include phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (lexical-functional grammar, role and reference grammar, construction grammar, and minimalism), (formal) semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, dialectology, language contact, variational sociolinguistics, first language acquisition, field linguistics and language documentation, typology, and quantitative corpus-based approaches. Note that we cannot normally supervise projects with a primary focus on second language teaching and learning. For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff and current postgraduate students, please visit

PhD students in Linguistics and English Language are part of the diverse and dynamic postgraduate community in the new Graduate School of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures ( Students in Graduate School enjoy access to outstanding library and IT resources and training provision within a collegial environment.

The deadline for submitting PDS funding applications is 5 pm on Friday 21 February 2014. Please visit the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures funding page ( for the application form and guidance.

You have to submit your online application for a place on your chosen PhD programme by Friday 31 January 2014. This will ensure that you are in receipt of an offer of a place on your chosen PhD programme in advance of the deadline.

For inquiries about the academic side of your application, please contact
For questions about the administrative side of the application process, please contact

Application Deadline: 21-Feb-2014

Web Address for Applications:

Presenting at The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2014 Tokyo, Japan February 2014

2014-1-30 Update: The poster for the event is now available. See below.

I really enjoyed presenting about my research into the experiences of Japan-based language teachers writing for academic publication at JAIST in 2013 for the JALT CUE SIG Symposium, so was thrilled when asked to present at a similar event in 2014, The International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Research in ESP 2014. Their call for poster presentation proposals is now open. Details below.

Hopefully see you there!

September 2014 deadline for June 2015 conference in Hong Kong: Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

This looks like an interesting conference, with plenty of time planned for getting your submission in—deadline September 2014 for their call for papers.

Full Title: Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

Date: 03-Jun-2015 – 06-Jun-2015
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contact Person: Adam Jaworski
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:
Following on a decade from the ‘Language & Global Communication’ conference held at Cardiff University (2005), the sociolinguistics of globalization has emerged and developed as an important, interdisciplinary programme of research. Much excellent work has broadened our understanding of the role of language in the representation, manifestation and spread of the ideologies and material processes of globalization.

We invite a reflection and re-assessment of these issues. Specifically, as suggested in the subtitle of the conference, we propose to focus on issues of spatial and symbolic mobility, change and paradigmatic state of flux that appear to characterize much of contemporary social life. With the social, cultural, political and economic processes continuing to destabilize traditional ‘centres’ and normativities, we are interested in identifying new, emerging regimes of language, dominant language ideologies, and the resources that are deployed to maintain and to subvert these ideologies.

We continue asking two fundamental and interrelated questions: How are we to continue theorizing language and communication under globalization? How can sociolinguistic theory shed new light on our understanding of globalization?

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Nikolas Coupland
University of Technology, Sydney and Copenhagen University
Professor Christopher Hutton
University of Hong Kong
Professor Michelle Lazar
National University of Singapore
Professor Christopher Stroud
University of the Western Cape
Professor Kathryn Woolard
University of California, San Diego

Call for Papers:
The topics of the papers, colloquia and plenaries include, but are not limited to, the following key themes:
– Communities, networks, groups and individuals
– Prganizations, institutions, collectives
– Time and place
– Hubs, margins and peripheries
– Nodes and trajectories
– Work and leisure
– War and peace
– Heart and mind
– Love and hate
– Thinking beyond the binaries
– The commodification of social life
– Crisis? what crisis?
– Occupy and activism
– Resources
– Superdiversity, class, privilege
– Creativity, reproduction, appropriation
– Legitimacy, censorship, contestation and (self-) reflexivity
– Mobilities, cultures of (im)mobility and displacement
– Singularity and normativity
– Mediations and mediatizations
– Embodied and multisensory communication
– Affect, pleasure, sensuality
– Technologies, environments, futures
– Art and performance
– Rituals and spectacles

We invite abstract submissions for the following types of contributions:
Individual papers: 30 minutes including 10 minutes for discussion
Colloquia: To consist of 4-8 individual papers

Proposals for colloquia should include one abstract outlining the theme and rationale of the colloquium and individual abstracts for all papers to be presented in the colloquium. Colloquia organizers are welcome to post a call for abstracts on the conference website by sending the title and a brief description of the colloquium to the organizers at

1st call for papers: September 2013
2nd call for papers: February 2014
Submission of abstracts opens: 1 July 2014
Submission of abstracts closes: 30 September 2014
Notification of acceptance: January 2015
Registration opens: January 2015
Conference: 3-6 June 2015

Organizing Committee:

The Conference is organized by The School of English, The University of Hong Kong:

Katherine Chen
Adam Jaworski (Chair)
Agnes Kang
Lisa Lim
Adrian Pablé

‘The Sociolinguistics of Globalization 2015′
School of English
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong