for Second Language Learning
11th Annual Conference
Technology and Teaching Writing for Academic Disciplines
Â Iowa State University
October 18-19, 2013
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: June 5, 2013
University of Hong Kong
The Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University
invites proposals for the 2013 TSLL Conference. The current generation
of electronic texts, computational tools and writing practices in
academic disciplines presents an array of opportunities and challenges
for the teaching of academic writing. Collections of professional
academic writing that used to be physically distant from writing
instructors are now easily obtainable through electronic library
collections and the Internet. Electronic writing tools provide
opportunities for students to access and analyze the professional texts
in their disciplines. The proximate texts, tools and technologies
appear in a landscape where a strong need exists for educated people who
can comprehend, produce, and evaluate technical materials in their
disciplines as well as work across disciplines. Teachers are therefore
challenged to explore these new affordances for student learning.
TSLL will bring together researchers and teachers who aim to better
understand and use technological resources to improve the teaching of
academic writing. We are especially interested in teaching writing for
particular academic disciplines (e.g., biology, industrial engineering,
and veterinary medicine).
Proposals are invited for papers and posters on current practices,
challenges, and research directions in computer-assisted teaching of
disciplinary writing. Proposal topics are encouraged to address one or
more of the following areas:
What are successful practices in computer-assisted teaching of
How does the language teacher use technology to help meet the practical
challenges of teaching discipline-specific writing?
How can students in a language class use technology to obtain useful
models for and feedback on their discipline-specific writing?
How can technology help in assessing students' learning of
discipline-specific writing practices?
How can the analytic approaches from linguistics help teachers to
use technology to understand discipline-specific writing and the
challenges it presents to students?
How can work in corpus
linguistics and computational linguistics help to develop
appropriate tools for teaching discipline-specific writing?
What research is needed to advance the profession's use of
technology to meet the challenges of teaching discipline-specific
Types of presentations
- Papers: Theory-oriented presentations or reports on completed
research related to the theme of the conference. The presenter will
have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes for questions and
- Posters: Presentations of work in progress and research at the
planning phase. All poster presenters will give a 5-minute introduction
of their study to the whole audience, and will then host their posters
for the rest of the session. This is a great opportunity for graduate
students to discuss their research plans.
Instructions for submitting an abstract
Submissions should be made by June 5, 2013 to the link
Proposal Submission Form
Submissions should include the presenterâ€™s name, contact information,
co-presenterâ€™s name(s), institutional affiliation, type of presentation,
title of proposal and 250-word abstract.
you have questions regarding the abstract submission, please email
Acceptances will be sent by June 28, 2013.
Hope to see you in Ames!