Welcome to the 32nd Annual SLRF
Deadline for abstracts extended to May 15, 2013 (11:59 MST)
We are proud to welcome the 2013 Second Language Research Forum to Utah, a state well known for its natural, diverse and complex landscape. We feel that it is a perfect fit when discussing the complexity, context, and communication within SLA.
Second language (L2) acquisition has been called a “natural” phenomenon, but is it natural socially, biologically or cognitively? Recent research suggests that language is a “complex adaptive system” involving cognitive, social and innate mechanisms, which all interact, adapt, and develop in complex ways (Ellis and Larsen-Freeman, 2009). Whether or not researchers adhere to this notion, there is little dispute that language is complex and affected by the context in which it occurs and the communication of ideas between people. Thus, this conference welcomes research that investigates the complexity of L2 acquisition, the contexts in which it is learned, and the communication it creates.
The three day conference will be held at the newly–constructed Utah Valley Convention Center, conveniently located across the street from the Provo Marriott & Convention Center, the event’s host hotel, and only minutes away from the campus of Brigham Young University.
Established in 1875 and nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, Brigham Young University is known for its academically focused student body, successful performing arts and sports programs, and extensive language programs. With students from 115 different countries, 75% of the student body speak an L2 at high intermediate to superior proficiency.
Because the Utah Valley Convention Center is not a Brigham Young University facility, the BYU code of conduct does not apply to conference participants.
Maximizing Student Performance during Intensive Arabic Study
A Workshop and Poster Session for Arabic Language Professionals
Sponsored by the National Middle East Language Resource Center
Advances in our understanding of brain plasticity (learning) and human motivation have far-reaching implications for
- designing and running intensive experiences that are more likely to result in significant learning and
- pre-program training and on-site coaching that will enable students to make the most of these and whatever experiences they will need or happen to encounter as life-long learners.
We invite Arabic language professionals to join us for related SLRF presentations and for a special workshop and dinner held on Saturday afternoon/evening (Nov. 2). Watch this site for a link to register for the workshop and, for those interested, to submit a proposal to present a poster on research findings or innovative program features as part of the workshop.