Paul Kei Matsuda

Expertise in Second Language Writing

SSLW and SLW Institute
October 19-22, 2016
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA

The 2016 Symposium on Second Language Writing, in conjunction with the Second Language Writing Institute, will take place on October 19-22, 2016, at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

This year's theme, "Expertise in Second Language Writing," highlights the need to explore and articulate what it means to have expertise in the field of second language writing.

Expertise in second language writing is sometimes conceptualized in a binary term—either you are an expert or you are not. In reality, however, there are different types and degrees of expertise that are needed depending on the context and roles—writing center tutors, teachers, teacher educators, program administrators, researchers, research mentors, editors, reviewers. As the field of second language writing matures and continues to grow as a community of experts, it is important to move toward a shared understanding of what knowledge and skills are needed for various roles we play in various contexts, and to develop a mechanism for developing and recognizing those expertise.

This symposium will bring together internationally-recognized experts in second language writing from various contexts to explore the nature of expertise in second language writing and to move toward a shared understanding of the different kinds of expertise that are needed in order to function as second language writing experts in various contexts.

To facilitate the development of expertise, the Second Language Writing Institute will feature workshops on various topics for teachers, researchers and administrators whose work involve second language writing.
Call for Proposals
Call for proposals is available here. Submission deadline: February 29, 2016.
Key Dates
SSLW: October 19-21, 2016
SLW Institute: October 22, 2016

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2016
Notification: March 31, 2016
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About SSLW
Founded in 1998 by Tony Silva and Paul Kei Matsuda, the Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW) is an annual international conference dedicated to the development of the field of second language writing—a transdisciplinary field of specialization that draws from and contributes to various related fields, including applied linguistics, composition studies, education, foreign language studies, literacy studies, rhetoric, and TESOL.

Since its inception, SSLW has been attracting second language writing researchers and teachers from all over the world. In recent years, the Symposium has been hosted by Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan (2007), Purdue University, USA (2008), Arizona State University, USA (2009), the University of Murcia, Spain (2010), National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan (2011), Purdue University, USA (2012), Shandong University, China (2013), Arizona State University, USA (2014), and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (2015).

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Call for Abstracts: L2 Writing in Non-English Languages

Call for abstracts: 
Edited Volume on L2 writing in non-English languages

Nur Yigitoglu, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Turkey
Melinda Reichelt, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Much of the published literature on L2 writing focuses on writing in English as a Second Language (ESL) contexts, that is, in contexts where English is the dominant surrounding language. As a result, much of what we know about L2 writing is based on conclusions drawn from research on writing in the English language. However, as a great deal of L2 writing and writing instruction is undertaken in various languages other than English, it is necessary to look at L2 writing practices in non-English languages in order to have a more comprehensive understanding of L2 writing. This special volume aims to address an imbalance in the literature by focusing on L2 writing in non-English languages.

We encourage a diverse range of modes of inquiry, including theoretical, historical, empirical (quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed), and/or commentaries. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, an exploration of the following topics: issues in non-English L2 writing instruction; language policies and their influences on non-English writing instruction; non-English L2 writing teacher education; challenges in teaching and learning non-English L2 writing; dominant ideologies surrounding non-English L2 writing; innovative approaches to teaching non-English L2 writing; local pedagogical non-English L2 writing teaching traditions; and attitudes towards non-English L2 writing. We welcome proposals related to other topics as well.

Chapters should be 9,000 words (i.e. 35 pages) in length, including references, tables, and figures. All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) and should be double-spaced and written in English.

Interested authors should submit a one-to-two-page abstract of their work to the editors at the addresses below.  

Nur Yigitoglu (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus):
Melinda Reichelt (University of Toledo): 

Submission deadline for abstracts: January 19, 2016

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