The School of Education at Virginia International University
invites your proposals for the 2018 Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture
Making Research Matter:
Motivated Inquiry for Actionable Insights
to be held April 6-7, 2018 on VIU’s campus in Fairfax, VA
Proposal submission deadline: December 18, 2017
The Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) 2018 centers on the question, how might research and its uses in society be transformed if more of us were to make a point of asking “for what, for whom, and by whom?”* at the outset of every research endeavor?
In focusing on Making Research Matter, CLLC 2018 aims to involve a diverse group of practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, community members, and other stakeholders in a multidirectional sharing of perspectives, values, priorities, and expertise. We hope this interaction will put all of us in a stronger position to engage in Motivated Inquiry for Actionable Insights and, as Ortega (2012) puts it, to “strengthen the social value and educational relevance of the investigations we choose to pursue.”
Ortega, L. (2005). For what and for whom is our research? The ethical as transformative lens in instructed SLA. Modern Language Journal, 89, 427-443.
Ortega, L. (2012). Epistemological diversity and moral ends of research in instructed SLA. Language Teaching Research, 16(2), 206-226.
Proposals for paper and poster presentations, practice-oriented sessions, workshops, colloquia, and panel discussions are invited in areas related to the conference theme. We especially seek examples of projects in which the investigators considered the users and uses of their research from the very beginning and made decisions accordingly—that is, projects in which questions regarding the purposes, potential applications, agents, and/or beneficiaries of the research played a prominent role in their conceptualization, design, and analysis, as well as in the dissemination and use of the findings. These might range from action-research projects conducted by individual teachers in their classrooms to larger-scale funded endeavors where collaborative teams of investigators had an eye toward wider public engagement and policy impacts.
We hope that this year’s conference will yield insights, tools, and connections that improve all groups’ abilities to formulate meaningful research questions; identify collaborators; establish research-practice partnerships; maximize benefits to research participants; produce results that are relevant and accessible to a variety of audiences; and ensure that findings are not over-, under-, or misinterpreted in public conversations and policy debates. As an extended community, we can all work together to enhance educational policies and practices related to language, learning, and culture.
To submit a proposal, please click on the "submit a proposal" button below. As a new proposal submitter, you will need to create an account before submitting your proposal. If you are a returning proposal submitter (i.e., you submitted a proposal last year), you will be able to log in with the email address that you used to create your account previously. See our page on the proposal submission and evaluation process for information on how to create an account, write an effective proposal, submit your proposal, and more.
Proposals must be anonymous, written in English, and submitted through the CLLC website. Submissions received via email, fax, or mail will not be considered.
In addition to the usual components of an abstract (e.g., review of previous research, goals, rationale, participants, methods, results, conclusions, implications), each proposal should indicate the relevance of the presentation to the conference theme and explicitly outline 3-5 intended outcomes for the audience addressing the following question: What will attendees understand and/or be able to do by the completion of the session?
For workshops, posters, and paper presentations, abstracts should be no more than 400 words in length. For a colloquium or panel discussion, the organizer should submit a single abstract on behalf of the group, devoting 300 words to the overall theme and intended outcomes and 200 words to each paper or panelist included.
All submissions should include a 50-word summary of each presentation for inclusion in the conference program. Titles of presentations should be no more than 15 words.
Each presenter should be listed as the first author on no more than one presentation. Student presentations are especially encouraged.
The organizers have provided some information on how to write an effective proposal. Please consult these suggestions early and often while preparing your proposal.
The following are assumed when a proposal is submitted:
CLLC proposal submitters should consult the proposal review rubric for information on how proposals will be scored by reviewers. The rubric is available here. The guidelines that reviewers follow are also available for proposal submitters to view ahead of submitting their proposal..
EARLY ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 4, 2017
REGULAR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 18, 2017
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: Week of January 8, 2018 (early deadline) or Week of January 25, 2018 (regular)
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 11, 2018
REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2018
LATE REGISTRATION: April 2-7, 2018
All accepted presenters are expected to register by February 11th, 2018. Presenters who do not register by this time are subject to removal from the schedule.
CLLC is organized by Virginia International University’s School of Education. For further information on the conference, please contact Kevin Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer, please contact Rebecca Sachs at email@example.com.