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April 9-12, 2016
Orlando, Florida

Table of Contents
1. Call for Proposals
2. Strands
3. Proposals
1. Individual Papers
2. Posters
3. Roundtable Discussions
4. Colloquia
5. AV Equipment
4. Evaluation of Proposals
5. AAAL Proposal Policies
6. Professional Service Sessions

Call for Proposals

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Call for Papers: English
Teaching & Learning
Call for Papers: Special Issue
of TESL Canada Journal, Fall

The 2016 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics
(AAAL) will be held at the Hilton Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a
comprehensive and stimulating conference including in-depth colloquia
and paper sessions, topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations,
excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking.

Proposals are welcome in the following topic strands:
Analysis of Discourse and Interaction
Assessment and Evaluation
Bilingual, Immersion, Heritage, and Minority Education
Corpus Linguistics

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Educational Linguistics
Language and Cognition
Language and Ideology
Language and Technology
Language Planning and Policy
Language, Culture and Socialization
Reading, Writing, and Literacy
Research Methods
Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy
Second Language Acquisition, Language Acquisition, and Attrition
Text Analysis (Written Discourse)
Translation and Interpretation
Submission Opens: June 1, 2015
Submission Deadline: August 19, 2015

Proposals are invited for individual papers, posters, roundtable
discussions, and colloquia, particularly those having to do with the
practical uses of applied linguistics research and pedagogy. The deadline
for proposal submission is 11:59 p.m. on August 19, 2015 (EDT; UTC-4).
INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Papers are formal presentations on a contribution of
original knowledge by one or more authors within a thirty-minute period,
including time for discussion (ideally 5 to 10 minutes for discussion).
Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers.
Presenters within a session will be responsible for chairing the session
together. The presenters may decide to co-chair the entire session
together or otherwise coordinate who will chair each particular
presentation within a session.
POSTERS: Posters are for face-to-face discussions of research. Posters are
especially effective for information that can be presented visually (e.g.,
charts, graphs, tables, diagrams). A block of time will be designated
when presenters are available to discuss their posters. Prospective
presenters are encouraged to consider posters, because of the
opportunity they provide for inclusion of more presenters and topics in
the program and for extended discussion with other researchers.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: Roundtable discussions present an
opportunity for informal, in-depth discussions between presenters and
attendees on a specific topic. They are particularly well suited for worksin-progress and are not meant to be formal paper presentations.
Roundtable discussions will be held in a large room with several sessions
taking place at the same time at different tables. Each table will be
organized by strand. Two to three presenters will be assigned to a table
and each table may seat up to twelve attendees. Individual presenters
may be grouped by the conference committee with others discussing a
related topic, or a few presenters may collaborate on submitting an
abstract for a single roundtable discussion. Each roundtable presenter
will spend no longer than 8 minutes speaking on his/her topic. The
purpose is not to present on a finished project but rather to address a
topic in such a way as to engender whole-group discussion.

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Presenters will deliver their talks in turn, after which they will engage in
extended discussion with the other attendees at the table. The
advantage of roundtable sessions is that they allow for stimulating
conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared
research interests. There will be no roundtable session chairs. Presenters
at a table will be responsible for facilitating the session together.
COLLOQUIA: Some colloquia are invited by the conference chair, but
others may be proposed by AAAL members. Colloquia allow for extended
discussion on a particular topic. They are presented in two different
blocks of time: 1 hour and 40 minutes (typically 3-4
presenters/discussants) or 3 hours (e.g., 5-6 presenters/discussants).
Colloquium organizers must designate the specific time block for the
proposed colloquium. Because the purpose of this format is to foster
dialogue among attendees, time should be allocated for extended
audience discussion of the papers presented. Colloquium organizers serve
as the liaisons between participants in the colloquium and the program
committee, and are therefore responsible for 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 battery as there will be no outlets.

Proposals for individual papers, posters and roundtable sessions are
evaluated by a team of reviewers according to each of the following
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
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
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
Proposals for colloquia will also be evaluated for each of the following
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 (clearly indicated schedule of activity, with
significant amount of time allocated for discussion of the
presentations and audience participation).

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Please note that if colloquia are accepted, the schedule of activity,
including the order of presentations, will appear as proposed in the
conference program.

AAAL Proposal Policies
Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author,
whether a paper, a poster, a roundtable session, or as part of a
colloquium. 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. An individual may appear as a first author only
once on the program, in addition to a possible role as a colloquium
organizer, discussant, or co-author/co-presenter of another paper.
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).
Individuals who will not be attending the conference are discouraged
from submitting proposals. Conference attendees highly value the
discussion period at the conclusion of conference sessions; substitute
readers are disadvantaged in discussing papers that are not their own.
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.

Professional Service Sessions
To arrange informal meetings for those who wish to get together to
discuss particular topics, please contact the AAAL 2016 Conference Chair.
Such sessions include meetings with journal editors on how to get
published, editorial board meetings, and other networking opportunities.
Requests for meetings will be considered if the time and space is
available. Please submit these requests no later than 11:59 p.m. on
December 1, 2015 (EDT; UTC-4).
More information about the 2016 AAAL Conference will be available at

AAAL Business Office
[email protected]
Phone: 001-678-229-2892 | Toll Free: 866-821-7700 | Fax: 001-678-229-2777
1827 Powers Ferry Road | Building 14, Suite 100 | Atlanta, GA 30339 USA
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