***Registration deadline has been extended to Sunday, 10/25***
Register here: SLRF 2020 Registration
– Access to all plenary speaker events and conference sessions
– Access to virtual workshops* throughout the conference
*What are the virtual workshops?
This year, there will be five informative and engaging workshops on a variety of topics related to second language research and more broadly on academia throughout the conference, such as language analysis methods, using language corpora for second language acquisition teaching and research, getting published in academia, and more. The full list of workshops and hosts will be available when registration opens. Currently, we have the following workshops planned. More workshops are on the way and will be announced in August when registration opens:
“An introduction to Using Corpora for Teaching and Research through Data-Driven Learning” (Hosted by Romy Frank, Vanderbilt University English Language Center)
Data-driven learning (DDL) can be defined as an inductive approach to language teaching, where students investigate real language data through learner-centered activities that focus on language discovery (Smart, 2014). Language corpora are the source of the materials used in this process. In this introductory workshop, participants will explore different ways of using corpora in their own work, be it teaching or research. While we will start by having a closer look at the Corpus of Contemporary English (COCA) and the possibilities its new features can offer, we will also examine other available corpora, share ways for participants to create their own corpora, and consider possible obstacles when applying DDL. Participants will leave this interactive workshop with concrete ideas of how they can incorporate corpora and DDL into their own work and classroom practice.
“Getting Published in Academia: Insights from the Reading Research Quarterly Editors” (Hosted by Dr. Amanda Goodwin and Dr. Robert Jiménez)
As the editors of RRQ, Drs. Goodwin and Jimenez will walk attendees through the general academic article publication process from the perspectives of journal editors/reviewers. This workshop will cover topics such as: features of strong journal submissions, a walk-through of the article submission and review process, and ways to best navigate the revise and resubmit process. This session will be a valuable opportunity for graduate students or junior scholars who wish to learn more about how to get published in academia.
“Entering the Conversation: Writing to Publish” (Hosted by Dr. Shannon Daniel)
When you shape your literature review for publication in academic journals or other venues, your audience comes first. Ask yourself: If I’m citing this paper, what would the authors think about how I position their work in relation to others’ work? If my intended audience are readers of a particular journal, how would they see my manuscript contributing to the long line of publications in that venue? My framing is complex and touches on multiple facets of education research: Which should I forefront and why? In this workshop, we discuss these questions using examples of the messy drafts of manuscripts that were eventually published in academic journals in the overlapping fields of education and applied linguistics. Participants will have opportunities to think and talk about their manuscript drafts in relation to these central questions.
Workshop 4: Design a Digital Teaching Project and Contribute to an Online Database! (Hosted by Patrick Murphy, Danielle Dorvil, Melanie Forehand, Bryant White, Braden Goveia, Michael Uhuegbu, Amy Hill, and Nathalie Dieu-Porter, Center for Second Language Studies of Vanderbilt University)
This workshop aims at guiding participants on how to use Language Panda–a crowd-sourced, searchable database for foreign languages teaching with digital resources– and to develop their own project for their courses, while contributing to the website. In the spirit of digital humanities and public scholarship, Language Panda provides a forum for sharing and exploring how digital pedagogy is being practiced across a variety of campuses and institutions.
Workshop 5: Introduction to NVivo (Hosted by Dr. Debbie Rowe)
In this workshop, Dr. Rowe will lead a session on how to use NVivo 12 for qualitative language analysis. This session will walk participants through how to complete basic tasks on NVivo 12 with demonstration of more advanced capabilities.
Workshop participants who do not have a license to the NVivo software can download a 14 day free trial at: https://www.qsrinternational.com/nvivo-qualitative-data-analysis-software/try-nvivo
Mac and PC versions are available. Having your own copy will let you do some hands-on experimentation!
Workshop 6: Experiential Language Teaching and Authentic Resources (Hosted by Dr. Stacey Johnson)
Teaching a language from a textbook can feel artificial, but what other options are there? In this practical workshop, participants will explore an experiential approach to language teaching that centers authentic texts rather than textbook exercises. We will discuss topics including why and how to select authentic resources and using the experiential learning cycle to plan activities that lead to meaningful learning and language acquisition. Participants will evaluate lesson samples and sketch out their own experiential lesson based on their target language and students’ proficiency level. There will be time for questions and sharing throughout.