Second Language Research Forum

Welcome to the 32nd Annual SLRF

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The schedule of papers for the conference program has been posted. View Schedule


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.


Registration is now open. To register, click here


To learn more about travel to and within Provo, Utah, please click here.

Booking a Hotel Room

The official conference hotel is the Downtown Provo Marriott & Convention Center located directly across the street from the Utah Valley Convention Center (UVCC) where the three day conference will be held. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $99/night for Second Language Research Forum participants. Please book your room as soon as possible to ensure you have convenient lodging as all other hotels are located more than a mile from the conference. Click here to reserve a room now!

Conference Venue

The three day conference will be held at the newly–constructed Utah Valley Convention Center (UVCC), conveniently located across the street from the conference hotel, the Provo Marriott & Convention Center and the event’s host hotel, only minutes away from the campus of Brigham Young University. Because the Utah Valley Convention Center is not a Brigham Young University facility, the BYU code of conduct does not apply to conference participants.

Additional Workshop Options

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:

  1. Designing and running intensive experiences that are more likely to result in significant learning
  2. 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 lifelong learners.

We invite Arabic language professionals to join us for the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) at the Utah Valley Convention Center starting on Oct. 31 as well as this special workshop and dinner that will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening (Nov. 2) at the Sundance Resort (transportation will be provided) . Participants include researchers and innovative thinkers from among the ranks of Arabists, such as Emma Trentman (New Mexico), Nevenka Korica Sullivan (Harvard), Khaled Abouamsha (Qasid), Martha Schulte-Nafeh (Michigan), Mustafa Mughazy (Western Michigan), Sonia Shiri (Arizona), as well as Ray Clifford and Project Perseverance team members, Kirk Belnap, Dan Dewey and Jennifer Bown.

To register to attend this workshop, please register for at least one day (Saturday) of the SLRF conference as well as for the workshop at (note that "early bird" registration prices are available before Sept. 1).

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To submit a proposal for a poster on research findings or innovative program features including but not limited to coaching, direct enrollment, internships, content courses, service learning, task-based learning, project-based learning, and homestays please send a title and 250 word abstract along with a 50 word bio about yourself to:

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