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The 12th Symposium on Second Language Writing
L2 Writing in the Global Context: Represented, Underrepresented, and Unrepresented Voices

October 17-21, 2013
山东大学, 济南, 中国

Shandong University, Jinan, China


The Symposium on Second Language Writing is an international conference that brings together teachers and researchers who work with second and foreign language writers to discuss important issues in the field. The Symposium began in 1998 at Purdue University as a way to facilitate the advancement of knowledge on second language writing and to build a sense of community among those who are involved in second language writing research and instruction.

This year’s local hosts will be the Shandong University School of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the National Association of EFL Writing Teaching and Research of China.

The theme for the 2013 Symposium, L2 Writing in the Global Context: Represented, Underrepresented, and Unrepresented Voices, will be addressed in plenary sessions by L2 writing scholars who will each focus on the state of second language writing studies in their own country or region.

As with all previous Symposia, we are also interested in proposals for 20-minute presentations. While these proposals may address the Symposium theme, they are not required to do so. Proposals for presentations on any topic related to second language writing theory, research, or teaching are welcome. Proposals will be accepted until June 1, 2013, and notification of acceptance will be by July 15, 2013. Information about proposal submission is available here.

For more information about the Symposium on Second Language Writing—including past symposia and related publications—please visit The Symposium on Second Language Writing homepage.

If you have any questions about the 2013 Symposium, please contact Tony Silva at tony@purdue.edu.

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About the Symposium

The Symposium on Second Language Writing is an annual international conference dedicated to the development of the field of second language writing--an interdisciplinary field of specialization that draws from and contributes to various related fields, including applied linguistics, composition studies, education, foreign language studies, litearcy studies, rhetoric, and TESOL.

Founded in 1998 by Tony Silva and Paul Kei Matsuda, the Symposium has been bringing together second language writing specialists to discuss key issues and concerns in the field.

From the beginning, the Symposium has been attracting second language writing researchers and teachers from all over the world. In 2007, the Symposium was held at Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan. The 2007 meeting also made the Symposium an annual event.

In recent years, the Symposium has been held at Purdue University, USA (2008), Arizona State University, USA (2009), the University of Murcia, Spain (2010), National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan (2011), and Purdue University, USA (2012).

For more information about the Symposium on Second Language Writing, please visit the website at: http://sslw.asu.edu/.