[lg policy] CFP: Intercultural Competence and FL Conference Extended Deadline

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 12 15:19:57 UTC 2011

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CFP - 2012 Intercultural Competence Conference

Intercultural Competence and Foreign/Second Language Immersive Environments
Third International Conference on the Development and Assessment of
Intercultural Competence
Tucson, AZ
Westward Look Resort
January 26-29, 2012

Organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language
and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona

Proposals are accepted for papers, panels and pre- and post-conference

Intercultural competence is [the ability] “to see relationships
between different cultures - both internal and external to a society -
and to mediate, that is interpret each in terms of the other, either
for themselves or for other people.” It also encompasses the ability
to critically or analytically understand that one’s “own and other
cultures’” perspective is culturally determined rather than natural.
                                                            Byram, M.
(2000). Assessing intercultural competence in language teaching.
Sprogforum, 18 (6), 8-13.

Globalization, having brought individuals in contact with one another
at an unprecedented scale, has also brought forth a general challenge
to traditionally recognized boundaries of nation, language, race,
gender, and class. For those living within this rapidly changing
social landscape, intercultural competence--as defined by Michael
Byram above-- is a necessary skill, and the cultivation of such
intercultural individuals falls on the shoulders of today’s educators.
For this conference we are seeking papers that address issues of
intercultural competence development and assessment in immersive
environments, which include but are not limited to the following

overseas stays [e.g., study abroad, internship abroad, service
learning abroad, etc.]
virtual environments [e.g., Web. 2.0 technologies (e.g., blogs and
wikis), telecollaborative partnerships, social virtualities (e.g.,
Second Life), massively multiplayer online games (e.g., World of
Warcraft), and synthetic immersive environments (SIEs)]
immersion education [e.g., one way, two way, developmental bilingual
education, heritage language instruction, indigenous immersion,
Language Across the Curriculum (LAC), Culture and Language Across the
Curriculum (CLAC), content-based language instruction]

The conference aims to bring researchers and practitioners across
languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory,
and best practices and to foster meaningful professional dialogue on
issues related to the development and assessment of Intercultural
Competence in a foreign or second language.

Proposal Types:

Workshop [3 hours (half day) or 6 hours (full day)]: Workshops are
meant to be interactive and delve into a topic more deeply than a
25-minute paper session allows. Workshop proposals should include an
outline of the specific planned activities and a detailed time
schedule for each segment of the workshop.
Paper: A paper involves a 25-minute presentation on a topic related to
one of the three themes above.
Panel: A panel consists of four papers (as above) on a related theme.

Remote Presentations: Authors who are unable to attend the conference
may have the opportunity to present their paper as a “virtual
presentation” (these will not be simultaneous with the conference).

Presenters at the conference can choose to submit their papers to be
considered for inclusion in a Selected Conference Proceedings to be
published in late 2012.

Proposal Submission:
All proposals must be submitted using the online submission form and
following the complete guidelines at:

Proposal Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on
September 23, 2011. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email.
Presenters will be notified by email about the program committee’s
decision on their acceptance status by October 21st, 2011.

Additional conference information is available on CERCLL’s website:

Contact CERCLL at: cercll at email.arizona.edu, 520-626-8071

This conference is co-organized with CERCLL by the Confucius Institute
at the University of Arizona and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program
in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. It is co-sponsored by the
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Latin American Studies,
College of Humanities, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
at the University of Arizona, and the Center for Advanced Language
Proficiency Education and Research (Pennsylvania State University);
Center for Applied Second Language Studies (University of Oregon);
Language Acquisition Resource Center (San Diego State University);
National Heritage Language Resource Center (University of California,
Los Angeles); National Middle East Language Resource Center (Brigham
Young University).

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