First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)
Theme: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) was held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on April 13-14, 2012. Select proceedings of the Symposium will be published (pending funding).
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the English Language Institute (ELI) invite proposals from educators and scholars worldwide for individual papers, panels, round table discussions, interactive workshops, posters and technological tools showcases to be presented at the First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP-2012).
The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, October 31, 2011.
Proposals will be accepted only through the online submission system.
Successful proposals will clearly indicate the relationship of the presentation to the core symposium themes. Presentations should provide an opportunity for symposium participants to engage with some of the challenging and fundamental questions at the intersection of scholarship and the teaching and learning of LSP.
Priority will be given to proposals that address one or more of the following topics:
- Programmatic structures for LSP programs
- Sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and pragmatics in the teaching and learning of LSP
- Distance learning, Experiential Learning and community outreach for LSP
- Needs Analysis for LSP
- Methodological issues for LSP
- The LSP instructor and Faculty training
- Current issues and challenges in LSP
- Methodological issues for LSP
- Action research in the LSP classroom
- LSP and technology
General Proposal Guidelines
Proposals and presentations should be in English. LSP proposals may address the scholarship, teaching and/or learning of any specific language (including English as a second/foreign language).
All proposals must include the following:
- Name and title of the author/organizer, institutional affiliation, and contact information
- Title of the proposed presentation
- Abstract (300 words); program description (50 words)
- Indicate any equipment needs for your presentation
Proposals for panels and round table discussions must also include:
- Name, title, and institutional affiliation for each additional participant
- Role or proposed topic to be covered by each additional participant (150 words)
- Indication that all proposed participants have been contacted and have agreed to participate
Types of Presentation
Presentations may be made in a number of formats, as listed below. You must indicate the proposed format in your submission. The Conference Committee may negotiate the proposed delivery format with the speaker.
Panel Presentations (75 minutes)
Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a panel of presentations on a related subject, with each presenter offering a perspective on the topic. Panels may include a chair/moderator, three or four presenters, and a discussant. Depending on the number of panelists, each presenter will be allotted 15-20 minutes to deliver his/her paper, allowing 15 minutes at the end of the panel for commentary by a discussant and/or questions.
Panel proposals must include information on all proposed participants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the panel.
Individual Papers (15-20 minutes)
Individual paper proposals provide an opportunity to present original contributions to the research, theory, and practice of LSP teaching and learning. Submissions should demonstrate an awareness of relevant literature, and clearly indicate the importance of the proposed topic to conference themes.Upon acceptance, individual papers will be organized into panels of three or four by subject.
Round Table Discussions (45 minutes)
Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a round table discussion on a topic related to symposium themes. Like panels, round table discussions are coordinated by an organizer/moderator, and offer different perspectives on the proposed topic. However, rather than focusing on the presentation of individual papers, presentation time for each discussant is limited to 5-7 minutes. The majority of the session is devoted to dialogue between the discussants and the audience.
In the best round tables, the speakers are aware of each other's work and views, and they refute or support those views in their own talks. There's real interchange, as well as the chance to go in-depth very quickly. They are time-efficient and encourage audience participation in the discussion.
Proposals for round table discussions must include information on all proposed discussants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the round table discussion.
Interactive Workshops (45 minutes)
Presenters spend a short amount of time on the delivery of the pedagogical concept, theory or model, and the majority of the session is devoted to direct, hands-on participation by the attendees. Workshops are organized to address a theme, discussion is informal and interactive, and papers are not presented.