Second Languages for Specific Purposes Symposium

April 17-19, 2014
University of Colorado Boulder
Details and Call for Papers


NOW PUBLISHED: Scholarship and Teaching on Languages for Specific Purposes



First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)

Theme: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Dates: The event took place on April 13 and 14, 2012.

Place: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

 

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The 1st International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes took place on April 13 and 14, 2012, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States). We had 31 speakers and 80+ participants from all over the nation and other parts of the world. Each presentation and workshop brought a unique perspective of LSP, which was essential to pave the way to enlightening, fruitful and engaging discussions throughout the 2-day symposium.

The keynote address by Dr. Michael S. Doyle (Theory and Method in Translation Studies (TS) and Business Language Studies (BLS): Illustrative Considerations for LSP in American Higher Education and Beyond) was simply outstanding. He brilliantly approached the need for a stronger research agenda in LSP studies while strengthening pedagogies and resources. We are honored by his participation, and we would like to publicly thank him for his remarkable leadership in the field, and for his many years of exemplary dedication to LSP. He was the perfect keynote speaker for this inaugural symposium.

Because of the discussions that took place during and after the symposium, we believe that we may have prepared a solid ground for something larger, collaborative and long-lasting with strong national and international repercussions. We also discussed creating regional partnerships.  Collaboration, integration and unity are key elements for the success of our growing field. If you are interested in being part of the discussions and collaborations, please let us know. Also, if you have ideas that you would like to propose, let us know as well.

We will publish Scholarship and Teaching on Languages for Specific Purposes (2013), a volume with select peer-reviewed articles presented at the symposium.  This volume will be an important contribution to the growing scholarship in the field. The online volume will be published in early 2013, so please visit our website for updates.

We will soon announce the dates and location of the 2nd International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (2013), so please stay tuned and visit our website for updates regularly.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of the 1st International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes.

Congratulations to All,

Lourdes Sánchez-López

Director, 1st International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes 2012