The 14th Symposium on Second Language Writing
Learning to Write for Academic Purposes
November 19-21, 2015
AUT University, City Campus, Auckland, New Zealand
The 2015 Symposium on Second Language Writing will take place 19-21 November, 2015, at AUT University, City Campus, Auckland, New Zealand. The theme, Learning to write for academic purposes: Advancing theory, research and practice, will focus on advancing our knowledge and understanding of what is involved in learning to write for the many and varied academic purposes that second language (L2) writers encounter while studying in educational settings and working in various professions and workplaces.
KIA ORA KOUTOU KATOA
KO Nancy Tarawhiti TAKU INGOA
KO TENEI TE KARANGA KIA KOUTOU KATOA
ME TO HAERE MAI KI TE WHENUA O AOTEAROA O TE RA TAU HAU E NGA RI, MOI HO ANA KOUTOU, KO TENEI TE KAINGA O TE MIDDLE EARTH
HE MIHI O AOTEAROA AROHA TENEI KIA KOUTOU KATOA
NO REIRA HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI, HAERE MAI KOUTOU KATOA*
The importance of the theme is underscored by the increasing number of L2 writers studying and working in educational and professional settings where epistemologies and expectations may be quite different to those they have grown up with.
The particular academic purposes that L2 writers encounter as students and as working professionals can vary according to the contexts and settings in which writing for academic purposes is undertaken. These can be broadly categorised as follows:
Educational contexts and settings where teaching and learning take place
- Schools (e.g. primary and secondary; public and private institutions)
- Pre-tertiary (e.g. foundation programmes; private language schools)
- Tertiary (e.g. university, polytechnic, college)
Workplace contexts and settings where L2 writers are employed
- Training institutions (e.g. teachers’ colleges)
- Teacher/academic professional activities (e.g. writing books, articles, reports, conference papers; reviewing, assessing and examining)
In educational contexts, issues associated with learning to write for academic purposes can be viewed from both the L2 learners’ and teachers’ perspectives. In workplace contexts, they can be seen from both the L2 writers’ and assessors’/gate-keepers’ perspectives.
Whenever academic texts are produced, some form of assessment is expected. It may be offered in a formative sense (responding to the work in progress) or in a summative sense (test, assignment or examination grades; acceptance of a text for publication or presentation). Issues associated with the assessment of L2 writers’ texts or with L2 writers assessing texts may also be considered relevant to the theme.
While the symposium invites proposals on any aspect of second language writing, those that address one or more aspects of the theme will be particularly welcome.
The Auckland organizing committee is particularly proud to be hosting the 2015 symposium as it is the first time the event has come ‘downunder’. We are also pleased to be able to showcase our beautiful city—‘the city of sails’—and hope you will have time to see other parts of the country as well.
John Bitchener, 2015 Symposium Chair
Paul Kei Matsuda, Founding Chair
Key Dates (New Zealand Time)
|Monday 15 December 2014||Call for papers opens|
|Friday 13 March 2015||Call for papers closes|
|By 20 April 2015||Notification of acceptance|
|Friday 13 February 2015||Registration opens|
|Friday 15 May 2015||Earlybird registration closes|
|First Week of October||Notification to individual presenters of date and time of presentation|
|Mid October||Full programme schedule available here (PDF).|
|Thursday 12 November 2015||Standard registration closes|
Keynote and Plenary Speakers
There will be 3 keynote speakers and each of these will address both parts of the theme (‘learning to write for academic purposes’ and ‘advancing theory, research and practice’) in relation to the contexts and settings they are familiar with. The keynote speakers for SSLW 2015 are:
Ken Hyland, University of Hong Kong, China
Rosa Manchón, University of Murcia, Spain
Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University, USA
In addition, there will be a number of 30 minute plenary presentations and each invited speaker will deliver a hands-on, practice-focused address on an ‘issue’ that L2 students and practitioners encounter in the contexts and settings they are familiar with. The plenary speakers for SSLW 2015 are:
Jennifer Hammond, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Sara Cushing Weigle, Georgia State University, USA
Rosemary Wette, Auckland University, New Zealand
Tony Silva, Purdue University, USA
Neomy Storch, Melbourne University, Australia
Christine M. Tardy, University of Arizona, USA
Brian Paltridge, University of Sydney, Australia
John Bitchener, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
Dana Ferris, University of California, Davis, USA
Icy Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Abstracts for keynote and plenary sessions are available here.
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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--a transdisciplinary field of specialization that draws from and contributes to various related fields, including applied linguistics, composition studies, education, foreign language studies, literacy 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), Shandong University, China (2013), and Arizona State University, USA (2014).
For more information about the Symposium on Second Language Writing, please visit: http://sslw.asu.edu/.
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Greetings to you all.
My name is Nancy Tarawhiti.
And I would like to extend a message of welcome,
in preparation for your journey next year to the Land of the Long White Cloud,
New Zealand, or more commonly known as Middle Earth.
The people of New Zealand extend their love to you, so welcome, welcome to you all.