Call for Proposals

The 2017 Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW 2017) 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, teaching or program administration 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, "Assessing Second Language Writing," we particularly encourage proposals that address issues related to L2 writing assessment as well as the assessment of the field of second language writing.

Proposals must include both a 50-word summary and a 500-word abstract. (References are not necessary, and keep the in-text citation to the minimum.) 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. (closed)

Proposals must be received by 23:59:59 on January 31, 2017 (Bangkok Time; UTC+0700). Proposals will be peer reviewed by a panel of experts. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by March 1, 2017.

For more information about SSLW 2017, please visit our website at:

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Paul Kei Matsuda, Founding Chair


Session Format Options

Session format options includes the following:

  • paper is a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer or discussion period.
  • colloquium is a 1.5-hour session including three or more presenters addressing different aspects of the same topic or representing different perspectives.
  • roundtable involves a 10- to 15-minute presentation followed by an informal discussion. It provides opportunities for intensive discussion of the presenter's work in a small, friendly environment. It is also appropriate for work-in-progress or preliminary discussion of a project.
  • discussion starts with a brief statement of an issue relevant to the field followed by a discussion.
  • workshop is a professional development session related to teaching, research, administration or other aspects of L2 writing-related work.
  • An open meeting is appropriate for a business or planning meeting that are relevant to SSLW participants in general (e.g., Consortium on Graduate Communication)
  • closed meeting is appropriate for L2-writing related business for a specific group (e.g., editorial board meetings)

We would like to thank the following reviewers:

Dumrong Adunyarittigun
Dwight Atkinson
Diane Belcher
John Bitchener
Colleen Brice
Chris Casanave
Pisarn Chamcharatsri
Deborah Crusan
Alister Cumming
Sara Cushing
Darunee Dujsik
Norm Evans
Dana Ferris
Guillaume Gentil
Betsy Gilliland
Lynn Goldstein
Liz Hamp-Lyons
Soomin Jwa
Soo Hyon Kim
Ute Knoch
Supanit Kulsiri
Icy Lee
Yichun Liu
Rosa Manchon
Min Huitzu
Lia Plakans
Issra Pramoolsuk
Melinda Reichelt
Todd Ruecker
Tanita Saenkhum
Miyuki Sasaki
Neomy Storch
Supong Tangkiengsirisin
Christine Tardy
Punchalee Wasanasomsithi
Rosemary Wette
Jirada Wudthayagorn
Fang Xu
Lawrence Zhang
Cecilia Zhao