The 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing

Assessing Second Language Writing

Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand
June 30-July 2, 2017

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The 2017 Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW 2017) will take place June 30-July 2, 2017, at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

This year's SSLW will be hosted by the Faculty of Education at Chulalongkorn University. One of the most prestigious universities in Thailand and Southeast Asia, Chulalongkorn University (aka Chula) is located at the heart of Bangkok with easy access to local transportation and a wide range of attractions.


SSLW 2017 Theme: Assessing Second Language Writing

Assessment plays an important role in second language writing research and instruction. Yet, assessment is sometimes seen as a concern for specialists rather than something all teachers and researchers should understand and engage with. This year's SSLW seeks to promote a field-wide conversation about issues related to assessment, including (but certainly not limited to) these questions:

  • What do teachers need to know about assessment?
  • How can we get students to see beyond the test?
  • How can teachers use assessment to facilitate learning rather than merely teach to the test?
  • What does a reasonable and realistic assessment look like for students at various levels and circumstances?
  • What should L2 writing assessment look like in light of the global spread and diversification of languages, their uses and users?
  • How should L2 writing researchers assess writing in ways that facilitate comparative analysis of findings across studies?

More broadly, this theme highlights the importance of assessing the field of second language writing as well as teachers and researchers as we continue to grow as a field and as L2 writing professionals.


Invited Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Liz Hamp-Lyons, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Plenary Speakers
Deborah Crusan, Wright State University, USA
Sara Cushing, Georgia State University, USA

Local Keynote Speaker
Suchada Nimmannit, Rangsit English Language Institute, Thailand


Tentative Dates (Bangkok Time; GMT+7)

Call for Papers: November 2016
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: February 28, 2017
Early Registration: March 1-31, 2017
Session Schedule Available: May 1, 2017
Pre-Registration: April 1-May 31, 2017
Program Available: June 7, 2017
SSLW 2017: June 30-July 2, 2017



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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. It has been hosted by the following institutions:

Arizona State University, USA
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Purdue University, USA
Shandong University, China
The University of Murcia, Spain

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Founding Chair
Paul Kei Matsuda, Ph.D.

Local Chairs
Sumalee Chinokul, Ph.D.
Pornpimol Sukavatee, Ph.D

Executive Local Commitee
Siridej Sujiva, Ph.D
Wichai Sawekngam, Ph.D.
Yotsawee Saifah, Ph.D.

Local Committee
Surapee Rujopakarn, Ph.D.
Chansongklod Gajaseni, Ph.D
Apasara Chinwonno, Ph.D.
Prannapha Modehiran, Ph.D
Major Ra-shane Meesri, Ph.D.
Jutarat Vibulphol, Ph.D.
Ruedeerath Chusanachoti, Ph.D.
Maneerat Ekkayokkaya, Ph.D.
Arunee Hongsiriwat, Ph.D.
Jaitip Na-Songkhla, Ph.D.
Wittaya Laithong, Ph.D
Pornsook Tantrarungroj, Ph.D.
Rattikorn Eksamanon
Sumamarn Rattana-akornsin
Suda Pratheepsuwan
Kanya Ounthaithae
Porntip Fuangfoo
Pranee Khummuenkul
Kumpon Kosantimukkhang
Theerada Khongprasert
Tossapon Khongkhew

SSLW Assistants
Ryuichi Sato