The 17th Symposium on Second Language Writing

"Second Language Writing in Multilingual Contexts"

Simon Fraser University and
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
August 2-4, 2018

The 2018 Symposium on Second Language Writing, will take place August 2-4, 2018 at the Harbour Centre campus of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference is jointly hosted by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

This year’s theme is “Multilingualism and Second Language Writing.” In recent years, what have been dubbed “multi/pluri” (Kubota, 2016) approaches to language and writing have proliferated in applied linguistics, composition, second language writing, and other relevant fields concerned with language and literacy. Terms such as multilingual, plurlingual, translingual, translanguaging, and polylanguaging, among others, have been used to describe learners, writers, language practices, writing processes, texts, and social contexts. While second language writing as a field has always focused on writers who use multiple languages, in recent years the field has begun to contend with perspectives that bring multilingualism to the foreground in new ways. This is not unique to L2 English writing, but also should lead us to consider the importance, influence, and use of languages other than English in L2 writing. The multicultural, multilingual setting of Vancouver, in the officially bilingual country of Canada, offers a rich opportunity for scholars and teachers of second language writing to explore these issues.

Call for proposals and online submission form are available here.


Invited Speakers

Ryuko Kubota, University of British Columbia 
Steve Marshall, Simon Fraser University
Guangwei Hu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University and Nanjing University


Key Dates (Vancouver Time; UTC/GMT-7)

Call for Papers: October 2017
Proposal Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: February 28, 2018
Early Registration: March 1-April 30, 2018
Session Schedule Available: May 1, 2018
Pre-Registration: May 1-June 30, 2018
Program Available: July 15, 2018
SSLW 2017: August 2-4, 2018



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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, writing 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

Local Chairs
Joel Heng Hartse
Ling Shi

Local Committee
John Haggerty

SSLW Assistants