Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Sun Jul 27 13:07:49 UTC 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS  54th Annual Conference of the INTERNATIONAL

April 3 – April 5, 2009

St. John's University, Manhattan Campus

New York, New York 10007



invited speakers:

Dr. Elena Kravtsova-Vygotsky – Russian State University For
Humanities,     Moscow, Russia; Granddaughter of Lev S. Vygotsky

Dr. Maxine Greene – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Dr. Clyde Coreil  – New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

Dr. Steven Brown – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

As the key that opens the gates to all education, imagination embodies
the creative approach to language learning and teaching. Traditional
methods are rooted almost exclusively in linguistics and focus on
syntactic rules, memorization based on the lexicon, and practice in
oral and silent reading. Imaginative methods, on the other hand,
embrace nontraditional approaches where music, dance, art, theater,
dreams and creative writing are indispensable elements or pegs to the
learning and teaching processes. These methods are powerful in their
ability to motivate and reach children and adults as well as special
populations such as persons with learning disabilities. By engaging
the imagination, we can effectively promote the students' creativity
and imagination, lead them to a higher level of cognitive development,
and help them reach a new level of intellectual possibilities.

This conference elaborates the above principles and exemplifies
related methods of instruction by bringing together scholars in the
broad area of language and imagination. While papers on the main topic
are particularly welcome, individuals are encouraged to submit
abstracts on any subject in theoretical and applied linguistics.

Submit abstracts in an anonymous, titled, single-spaced attachment of
not more than 425 words in length, with name, address and affiliation
in the body of an e-mail. Please send abstracts as a camera-ready
attachment (in a Microsoft Word file, if possible) to the conference
coordinator. Within the body of the e-mail, please also indicate any
audio-visual equipment needed. Those wishing to propose panels or
special sessions should contact the conference chair (Ninah Beliavsky)
before submitting an abstract for the panel together with abstracts
for each of the constituent papers. Time allotted will be 20 minutes
for delivery of each paper plus 5 minutes for discussion. The deadline
for receipt of abstracts is January 5, 2009.

Conference Chair: Ninah Beliavsky (beliavsn at

Conference Co-Chair:  Clyde Coreil (ccoreil at

Conference Coordinator: Annika Wendt (annikawendt at

For up-coming conference information see ILA website (


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at


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