The 13th Symposium on Second Language Writing
"Professionalizing Second Language Writing"
November 13-15, 2014
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

The 2014 Symposium on Second Language Writing will take place November 13-15, 2014, at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA. This year's theme, "Professionalizing Second Language Writing," highlights the need for a shared sense of professional identity and standards as the field comes of age.

The field of second language writing has grown tremendously over the last two decades, and many teachers, scholars and administrators from various disciplinary and institutional perspectives have come to identify themselves as second language writing specialists. While the disciplinary infrastructure has grown and opportunities for graduate education have expanded, there is a dearth of resources for the professional development of mid-career specialists who wish to continue to expand their repertoire and engage in more advanced professional work--such as administration, consulting, teacher education, mentoring doctoral students, and giving plenary talks.

Furthermore, as the demand for second language writing instruction increases in various parts of the world, more and more mid-career teachers and researchers who already have advanced degrees in various other fields are finding themselves in need of entry-level professional development opportunities. In the meantime, there continues to be a growing number of graduate students who wish to develop expertise in second language writing but do not have access to established specialists who can act as their mentors.

To address these professionalization issues, this year's Symposium brings together accomplished second language writing researchers and teachers to share experiences and to explore ways to further professionalize second language writing. In addition, this year's Symposium introduces a new feature--SLW Institute, which provides a range of professional development workshops for second language writing specialists at various levels--from beginning graduate students to established scholars. And, of course, concurrent sessions continue to constitute the intellectual body of the gathering.

The opportunity to network and meet fellow second language writing specialists from around the world is another important feature of the Symposium. In addition to the pre-Symposium social (Wednesday) and the opening reception (Thursday), there will be an optional banquet (Friday) and an optional lunch seminar (Saturday).

In other words, this year's Symposium strives to offer something for everyone. On behalf of the members of the Organizing Committee, I look forward to welcoming you once again to Arizona State University and to the Symposium on Second Language Writing.

Paul Kei Matsuda, Founding Chair
Symposium on Second Language Writing

Plenary Speakers

SSLW 2015 features the following internationally-recognized second language writing specialists as plenary speakers:

Dwight Atkinson, Purdue University
Deborah Crusan, Wright State University
Susan Miller-Cochran, North Carolina State University
Tony Silva, Purdue University
Christine Tardy, University of Arizona
Lawrence Zhang, University of Auckland

Ticketed Events

The tickets for the following events can be purchased online:

The Second Language Writing Institute (SLWI). Advance your career by participating in one of the professional development workshops designed to address the needs of L2 writing specialits at various stages of professionalization.

Friday Evening Banquet. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know second language writing specialists from around the world over dinner and drinks.

Saturday Lunch Seminar. Let's face it: lunch options are limited on Saturday. Spend your time wisely by participating in a small group discussion while enjoying delicious lunch buffet.


SSLW 2014 is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:

ASU Department of English
ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
ASU Writing Programs
ASU American English and Culture Program (AECP)
ASU Sun Devils Fitness Complex (SDFC)
Bedford/St. Martin's Press
University of Michigan Press

The following publishers have donated books for the raffle:

De Gruyter Mouton
Oxford University Press
University of Michigan Press

In addition, the following individuals have donated funding to support graduate students to attend SSLW 2014:

Deborah Crusan, Wright State University
Tanita Saenkhum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Thank you!


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About the Symposium

Founded in 1998 by Tony Silva and Paul Kei Matsuda, the Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW) 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.

Since its inception, SSLW has been attracting second language writing researchers and teachers from all over the world. In recent years, the Symposium has been hosted by Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan (2007), Purdue University, USA (2008), Arizona State University, USA (2009), the University of Murcia, Spain (2010), National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan (2011), Purdue University, USA (2012), and Shandong University, China (2013).

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