Tuesday, June 03, 2008

CFP: Tamkang International Conference on Second Language Writing: Issues and Concerns

Tamkang International Conference on Second Language Writing: Issues and Concerns

Call for Abstracts:
Writing as one of the fundamental language skills has traditionally posed a variety of challenges for second language teachers and learners. Once the writing skill is placed within particular contexts, these challenges multiply. These range from addressing writing skills within exam-driven traditional curricula to navigating the proliferation of technologies, to creating meaningful contexts for the learning of writing and managing the workload created for teachers when students write and expect feedback. This conference is intended as a forum for addressing the full range of pedagogical and research issues on second language writing. Abstracts are invited for papers on any aspects of foreign or second language writing learning and pedagogy. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Cognitive perspectives in L2 writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Literacy
  • Identity in Literacy Instruction
  • L2 writing pedagogy
  • Reading/writing connection
  • CMC in literacy instruction
  • Academic writing
  • Foreign language writing within school curricula
  • Writing instruction integrating other language skills
  • Second language writing integrated with other content areas (content-based instruction and writing across the curriculum, for example)
  • Emerging literacies and issues of register (including technology-enabled influences on literacies and register exerted by the proliferation of e-mail, mobile devices and messaging, and the rise of the blog)
  • Issues of feedback on student writing
  • Research issues in writing pedagogy
  • Voice and issues of empowerment
  • Writing within standardized/institutional exam systems: (TOEFL, GEPT, etc.)
  • Writing and technology
  • The composing process

Important Dates:
Abstracts due: July 20th, 2008
Acceptance Notification: August 20th, 2008
Camera-ready papers due: November. 30th, 2008
Conference dates: December 5-6, 2008

Submit abstracts via email to: Wendy, miracle [at] mail.tku.edu.tw

Or mail to:

English Department, Tamkang University,
151 Ying-chuan Road, Tamsui, Taipei County Taiwan 25137, R.O.C.
Tel : 886-26215656 ext. 2344

Abstracts should not exceed 350 words in length (including references) and should include a clear description of the issue(s) addressed and a sketch of results. Include the author’s name, affiliation, and postal and email addresses.

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