Conference on Heritage/Community Languages

Third International

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Call for Papers (Submission Deadline: October 22, 2017)


The Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages will focus on heritage/community language studies as a multidisciplinary field, impacting a variety of educational contexts. We seek submissions from disciplines including but not limited to anthropology, applied linguistics, assessment, bilingualism, demographics, education, linguistics, policy, psychology, and sociology. You are invited to submit a proposal for a paper, a panel, or a poster (see the following section for details about submissions).

Types of Sessions

Paper Session (20 min): A paper involves a 20-minute presentation. Grouped paper presentation sessions will include three papers followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion after all of the papers have been presented. Papers will be grouped thematically when possible. Total session time: 90 minutes; Abstract word limit: 400; Author Limit: 3 per paper

Panel Session (90 min): A panel provides an opportunity for a group of individuals to discuss a specific issue from a variety of perspectives. Total presentation time for a panel is limited to one hour to ensure that the session engages presenters and the audience in extended dialogue. Total session time: 90 minutes; Abstract word limit: 400; Author Limit: 7

Poster Session (90 min): At a poster session, the presenter displays a summary of his/her research (having prepared a poster or a computer presentation) for the duration of the poster session. Participants view the presentation and interact with the presenter. Total session time: 90 minutes 

Submission Guidelines

  • Proposals should be appropriate for an audience of heritage/community language educators and/or researchers.
  • Submissions should focus on basic linguistic research, sociolinguistic research, or pedagogical research/teaching application, but other content may be considered.
  • Please provide a 400-word (maximum) abstract of your paper, panel, poster session and a 50-word (maximum) summary.
  • For panels, you do not need to include the titles or abstracts of the individual presentations.
  • Study the paper review criteria (below).
  • Lead presenters or panel organizers will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with information concerning the conference and presentations.
  • You may propose one session as a lead presenter, although you can be listed as a co-presenter for additional sessions.
  • For panels or presentations with more than one presenter, please include the contact information for all presenters even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent to the first (lead) presenter listed.
  • Audio/visual equipment: a data projector and screen will be provided in each room, and an overhead projector by prior request. Please note: Presenters will need to bring their own laptop, and pay for renting other requested items such as a TV/VCR.

More information about these details will be sent to presenters of selected sessions at a later date.

Paper Review Criteria

  1. Statement of purpose and relevance to theme: Does the abstract clearly explain the research problem or question? Is the research problem or question relevant to the theme?
  2. Clarity and completeness of abstract: Is the abstract clearly written and well organized? Does it describe and connect the purpose of the scholarship to the literature? Does the author show an understanding of existing literature?
  3. Quality and originality of research: Is the work original? Is there evidence of significant research outcome /success of the project? Is the significance of the research clearly stated? Does the research contribute notably to the field of language teacher training?
  4. Interest: Is the paper likely to be of interest to a reasonable number of attendees? Is the paper timely in terms of current issues of interest in the field of language teacher training?