Expertise in Second Language Writing

SSLW and SLW Institute
October 19-22, 2016
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ USA


The 2016 Symposium Organizing Committee seeks proposals for 20-minute presentations that address various topics within the field of L2 writing—broadly defined.

Any topic related to second language writing theory, research, or teaching is welcome; we especially encourage proposals that seek to challenge the status quo in the field by introducing new topics as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches. As with all previous Symposium iterations, we are interested in L2 writing issues in any second or foreign language for any age groups in personal, academic, professional and civic contexts.

Given the theme, "Expertise in Second Language Writing," we particularly encourage proposals that address issues of expertise in second language writing.

Proposals must include both a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract. (The word limit includes references.) Multiple submissions are allowed, but the same person cannot be listed as the first author for more than one proposal.

To submit your proposal, please use the online proposal submission form available at:

Proposals must be received by 23:59:59 on February 29, 2016 (Arizona Time; Mountain Standard Time; UTC-0700). Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of experts. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by March 31, 2016.

For more information about SSLW 2016, please visit our website at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Paul Kei Matsuda, Founding Chair


Call for Proposals

Call for proposals is available here. Submission deadline: February 29, 2016.

Key Dates

SSLW: October 19-21, 2016
SLW Institute: October 22, 2016

Call for Proposals: December 15, 2015
Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2016
Notification: March 31, 2016


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About SSLW

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), Arizona State University, USA (2014), and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (2015).

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