The 18th Symposium on Second Language Writing

and SSLW Institute

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ USA
November 13-16, 2019

The 2019 Symposium on Second Language Writing and SSLW Institute will take place November 13-16, 2019 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

SSLW Institute, featuring a seris of professional development workshops and mentoring sessions, will be scheduled on November 13, followed by the Symposium sessions starting on November14.

The theme for this year's SSLW is "Agency in Second Language Writing." We hope to stimulate the conversation about the role of student and teacher agency in various aspects of second language writing—learning, writing, teaching, assessment, placement, professional development, administration, research.


Plenary Speakers

Neomy Storch, University of Melbourne, Australia
Learner agency enactment in L2 writing activities

Tanita Saenkhum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Practicing agency in second language writing

Todd Ruecker, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Enacting agency for second language writers and their teachers in an era of neoliberal education reform

SSLW Institute Speakers

Ulla Connor, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, USA
Estela Ene
, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, USA
Intercultural rhetoric: Research methods and pedagogical applications

Deborah Crusan, Wright State University, USA
Todd Ruecker, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Classroom writing assessment

Ann Johns, San Diego State University, USA
Dana Ferris
, University of California, Davis, USA
Designing assignments to enhance transfer of writing skills and strategies

Icy Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Christine Tardy, University of Arizona, USA
Publishing in the Journal of Second Language Writing

Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University, USA
Issues and strategies in L2 writing program administration: Policies, procedures and politics

Tanita Saenkhum, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Creating and assessing placement practices to maximize student agency in composition course placement

Neomy Storch, University of Melbourne, Australia
Implementing and assessing collaborative writing activities


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

Call for Proposals: November 30, 2018
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019
Notification: March 10, 2019
SSLW Institute Registration Opens: May 12, 2019
SSLW Institute: November 13, 2019
SSLW : November 14-16, 2019



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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
Simon Fraser University, Canada
University of British Columbia, Canada
University of Murcia, Spain

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Land Acknowledgments

ASU’s campuses are situated on the homelands of many indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham and Pee-Posh. Arizona State University recognizes the original inhabitants of these lands and recognizes that they still reside throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. We also recognize the impact of their wisdom and generosity towards us. If you’ve flown into the Valley, you have undoubtedly seen the Salt River Project canals that surround the area. Those modern-day canals follow the framework of the canals originally constructed by ancestral Sonoran Desert people (Huhugam) to make this area both livable and a place where peoples could thrive. We acknowledge that the modern day indigenous nations that descended from the ancestral peoples are the original inhabitants of this land.


Founding Chair
Paul Kei Matsuda

Associate Chairs
Melika Nouri
Ryuichi Sato

Institute Director
Sarah Snyder

Registration Coordinator
Paul Kei Matsuda

Hotel Coordinators
Sarah Snyder
Melika Nouri
Ryuichi Sato

Program Book Editors
Eva Jin
Kevin Kato

Social and Catering Coordinator
Katy Tan

Exhibits Coordinators
Ryuichi Sato

Volunteer Coordinator
Hae Ryun Park

SSLW Assistants
Maryam Almuhanna
Chris Carlsen
Amy Dallenbach
Avrajit Dey
Juhyun Do
Tonya Eick
Anjanette Griego
Xuzhen Hao
Sakshi Jain
Junghwa Kim
Youngwha Lee
Narin Loa
Gilberto Pereira
Rong Ren
Blanca Romero
Pino Ekkarat Ruanglertsilp
Bin Shen
Marlene Tovar
Xiaomeng Zhang