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8th Annual Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Graduate Research Symposium

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host the eighth Annual Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Graduate Research Symposium on Thursday, May 5, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:30 pm) in the Foreign Languages Building.


This year, the symposium will feature lectures by two distinguished scholars in the area of Second Language Acquisition: Prof. Charlene Polio (Michigan State University) and Prof. Mark Dressman (Illinois, Curriculum & Instruction). There will also be two poster sessions during which graduate students in SLATE will present their current research.

The schedule for the day’s events appears below. Please mark your calendars!

9:00 Welcome and opening remarks (Coffee will be served)
9:15 Prof. Mark Dressman: "An invisible university: Investigating the rise of English among Moroccan youth" (Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB)
10:30 Poster session I (FLB Atrium)
12:30 Lunch reception (Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB)
1:30 Poster session II (FLB Atrium)
3:30 Coffee break
4:00 Prof. Charlene Polio: " Linguistic development in second language writing" (Lucy Ellis Lounge (1080 FLB)
5:00 Concluding remarks


Call for submissions

Graduate students (both MA and PhD) are invited to submit an abstract to the 8th Annual SLATE Graduate Research Symposium, which will take place on Reading Day, May 5, 2016. There will be two poster sessions during which students will have the opportunity to present their research.

Research in any theoretical framework as well as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches to any aspect of second/foreign/heritage language acquisition are all acceptable.

MA and PhD students are welcome to present their work, which can be a research project as part of a class, an MA thesis, a qualifying paper, or dissertation project.

You may choose to present research for which you have already collected data or research that is in the proposal stage, since this is the time when feedback is perhaps most helpful.

Posters can be presented in either a) traditional (printed) format in 24”x36” or 36”x48” poster layout or b) in laptop poster format, which is preferable if you have audio samples or stimuli or any other sort of data that is not best represented on a printed poster.


Traditional (printed) poster

SLATE will cover the cost of printing posters, should you choose that option.
SLATE will also provide tape for you to use to secure your poster to the wall in advance of your assigned poster session.
We recommend that you use one of Illinois Powerpoint templates to prepare your poster.

Laptop poster


• We will provide laptop poster presenters with a table and chairs, and we will make every effort to provide access to an outlet.
• Please bring your own laptop if you choose to do a laptop poster. There will be no projector; you will just talk and click thru the presentation at your table, with people following on your laptop screen, since you will have a small and concentrated group.
• We strongly encourage you to prepare your poster presentation as a PowerPoint (or other multimedia display). You can prepare the PPT as you would for a regular presentation, but keep in mind you will need to be flexible about jumping around among the slides, rewinding, and summarizing as people come and go during your session. (Please see the Laptop Poster Sample from the National Heritage Language Resource Center website.)
• If you like, please bring handouts of your PPT for your audience, since they may prefer to follow your explanations on the handout rather than the screen.
• You can bring any additional materials to display on the table or hand out to your audience.

Abstract submission instructions

For consideration, please submit the following by email to Prof. Melissa Bowles (bowlesm@illinois.edu) by Friday, April 22:
• The project title, authors’ names and affiliations, and an abstract of 150 words or less. The abstract should describe the background for the study and the methods (for a proposal) and additionally, for studies for which you already have data, results, discussion, and limitations/conclusions.
• You must also indicate the name and email address of the faculty member who supervised your project.
• Please indicate whether you prefer to present a printed poster or a laptop poster.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent Monday, April 25.