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:

  • The materials should represent original work by the submitter(s) and must adhere to all appropriate copyright requirements and other applicable laws, representing  professional quality including citation of references and avoidance of plagiarism.
  • VIU, CLLC, and the conference organizers will not be held responsible for any violations of copyright laws.  Presenters and proposal submitters are solely responsible for the content of their proposals/presentations. Presenters assume any liability associated with use of copyrighted materials. This applies to all associated presenters, and it is the responsibility of the main organizer of the presentation to communicate these requirements to any and all other presenters.
  • Proposal submitters and presenters allow CLLC to use and promote information including but not limited to information provided in the proposal submission process, and that would appear in a program or schedule including items such as the title, presenter information (name, title, affiliation, contact information, etc.), abstract, and other relevant information.
  • Presenters are not compensated for their participation, and each presenter attending the conference is expected to register for the conference in order to present.
  • Proposal submissions may be used for internal improvement among official reviewers.
  • Proposal submitters and presenters agree to these terms and hold harmless the organizers of CLLC.




  • Report of empirical research
  • Suitable for completed studies whose results have been fully analyzed
  • 20-minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes for Q&A


  • Report of empirical research
  • Suitable for studies that are in progress or smaller in scale (e.g., pilot studies), or for in-depth descriptions of data (more detailed than might be possible in 20 minutes)
  • 1-hour block, with presenters standing by their posters
  • Landscape or portrait orientation, with a recommended size of 4x4 or 3x5 feet (120x120cm or 90x150cm)


  • A set of presentations on related topics, with an organizer and a discussant to frame the research and draw larger conclusions, respectively
  • Can be held in a 1-hour, 1.5-hour, or 2-hour block (As part of the submission, please specify which is intended and how much time will be devoted to audience Q&A.)
  • The organizer should introduce the topic and schedule, then mediate a Q&A at the end.
  • A discussant should synthesize and interpret the presentations prior to the Q&A.
  • The colloquium organizer should submit one combined proposal for the entire session.


  • A panel of academics and/or professionals laying out their positions on a topic and responding to one another's positions
  • 45 minutes for the panel discussion, 15 minutes for audience Q&A
  • The organizer should introduce the topic and procedures and mediate a Q&A at the end.
  • The panel organizer should submit one combined proposal for the entire session.


  • Demonstration of teaching techniques, pedagogical activities, computer software, etc.
  • 45 minutes for workshop activities, 15 minutes for follow-up Q&A
  • The facilitator should lead a carefully structured, hands-on, practice-oriented professional development session, guiding participants in problem solving and reflections on teaching practice.


  • Demonstration of teaching techniques, pedagogical activities, computer software, etc.
  • 2 hours: 100 minutes for the workshop activities, 20 minutes for follow-up Q&A
  • The facilitator should lead a carefully structured, hands-on, practice-oriented workshop, guiding participants in problem solving and reflections on teaching practice.



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


NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE:                   Week of January 8, 2018 (early deadline) or Week of January 25, 2018 (regular)

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE:                 February 11, 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 To volunteer, please contact Rebecca Sachs at