[lg policy] Educational Linguistics Symposium (ELS) -- 25 March 2012 -- Boston, MA

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 17 15:06:28 UTC 2012

Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu



Sponsored by Springer

“Alternatives and Innovation in Applied Linguistics”

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hilton Boston Back Bay

Boston, MA


Since the 1970s, educational linguistics has continued to gain
strength as a transdiscipline dedicated to conducting research about
and addressing practical concerns pertaining to language (in)
education. With cultural and linguistic diversity flourishing
worldwide while ominous political and economic circumstances in many
countries are also leading to the problematization of educational
systems, the core focus of educational linguistics to foster education
that is both linguistically appropriate and socially responsible is
more acute than ever.

The Educational Linguistics Symposium (ELS) brings together
educational linguists working in diverse scholarly traditions in order
to encourage dialogue about innovative ideas for addressing well known
challenges in multilingual education. As such, ELS provides a space
for seeking alternative connections among different lines of inquiry
that may not normally intersect. The inaugural meeting of ELS includes
eleven paper presentations and three keynote talks by leading


“From Monolingualism to Multilingualism and Back Again?”

Sinfree Makoni, Pennsylvania State University

“Some Questions for Educational Linguistics: Time, Trust, Tasks, Tests”

Mary McGroarty, Northern Arizona University

“What Counts as Language and Communication Competence in
Ethnolinguistically Diverse Classrooms?”

Constant Leung, King's College London


ELS will take place in the Fenway Room of the Hilton Boston Back Bay
from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Directions to the hotel are available here:



Participants registered for the American Association for Applied
Linguistics (AAAL) conference* may attend ELS at no additional cost.
In addition, ELS is free for all graduate students in language-related
fields at Boston-area universities. Pre-registration is not required,
but RSVP with name and institutional affiliation to EdlingL AT
gmail.com is appreciated.

* ELS is not affiliated with AAAL.


Springer publishes the Educational Linguistics book series
(http://www.springer.com/series/5894). It is also the publisher of the
Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Language Policy journal, and
Multilingual Education journal, along with numerous other titles in
language and education. For more information, visit:



Contact EdlingL AT  gmail.com


Opening Remarks (9:15-9:30)

Francis M. Hult

University of Texas at San Antonio

Opening Keynote (9:30-10:00)

>>From Monolingualism to Multilingualism and Back Again?

Sinfree Makoni

Pennsylvania State University


Disagreement in English as a Lingua Franca of Practice in China

Diana Boxer                           Weihua Zhu

University of Florida              University of Wisconsin


Tell me a Story: Developing Narrative and Agency through Analysis of
Life Stories

Simon Coffey

King’s College London


Coffee Break


Critical Reflections on a Professional Licensure Test Review Panel: An
Analysis of Participation, Consequences, and Policy

Ellen Rintell

Salem State University


>>From Linguistic Competence to Linguistic Capital: Language Learning as
an Economic Activity

Hyunjung Shin

University of Saskatchewan


Redesigning Communication Practices in Introductory FL Classrooms
through Multiliteracies of Heuristic Literary Mini-genres

Ekaterina (Katya) Ites

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


The Political Economy of Language Education in Mexico: English for
Public Primary Schools

Peter Sayer

University of Texas at San Antonio



Afternoon Keynote (2:30-3:00)

Some Questions for Educational Linguistics: Time, Trust, Tasks, Tests

Mary McGroarty

Northern Arizona University


Because cars reflect national characteristics, don’t they?”: The
Contribution of Stereotyping Humor to Nationalist Ideology and Why It
Matters for Students in a Globalized World.

Bryan Meadows

Fairleigh Dickinson University


Does Linguistics Matter?: Benefits for Developmental Skills Community
College Students

Susan L. Price, Christine M. Jacknick, and Maureen T. Matarese

Borough of Manhattan Community College – CUNY




Coffee Break


Minding the Policy Gaps- A Teacher Educator’s Self Study on Steps to
Address Tensions in Assessing “Needs”

Theresa Austin

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Symbolic Policy and Classroom Practices

Tracey Costley

King's College London

Closing Keynote (5:10-5:40)

What Counts as Language and Communication Competence in

Ethnolinguistically Diverse Classrooms?

Constant Leung

King's College London

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