Call for Papers: Symposium on Second Language Writing

Symposium on Second Language Writing 2018

When: August 2 – 4, 2018

Where: SFU’s Downtown Vancouver Campus

Co-Chairs: Ling Shi (UBC) and Joel Heng Hartse (SFU)

The call for proposals is now open; submissions are due by December 15, 2017.

Featured speakers include Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia), Steve Marshall (Simon Fraser University), Hu Guangwei (National Institute of Education, Singapore), and Paul Kei Matsuda (Arizona State University and Nanjing University).


The 2018 Symposium on Second Language Writing seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of L2 writing.

Any topic related to second language writing theory, research, teaching or program administration is welcome. We especially encourage proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches. As with all previous Symposium iterations, we are interested in L2 writing issues in any second or foreign language for any age groups in personal, academic, professional and civic contexts.

Given the theme of “Multilingualism and Second Language Writing,” we particularly encourage proposals that address issues related multilingualism, bilingualism, and related concepts involving the uses and influences of multiple languages on L2 writing. Potential topics of interest could include, but are by no means limited to:

• World Englishes/ELF/EIL and L2 writing
• Globalization of other languages and L2 writing (e.g., French, Chinese, Arabic)
• L1 influences on L2 writing (composing processes, intercultural rhetoric, etc.)
• L2 writing and (bi/multilingual) language policy
• Bilingual education/bilingualism and writing (in both K-12 and higher education)
• Adult L2 literacy education in multilingual contexts
• L2 writing in EMI and EAP contexts
• Language choice in publishing for multilingual scholars

Proposals must include both a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract. (References are not necessary; please keep in-text citations minimal.) Multiple submissions are allowed, but the same person cannot be listed as the first author for more than one proposal. To submit your proposal, please use the online proposal submission form. Proposals must be received by December 15, 2017. Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of experts. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by February 28, 2018.
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