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Press Release (October 1, 2013)

VIU’s School of Education Announces Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture for Immediate Release

Virginia International University (VIU)’s School of Education is pleased to announce the inaugural Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) on April 11-12, 2014, with the goal of sharing best practices and emerging trends in these closely intertwined areas.

This year’s theme, Innovations at the Intersection of Language, Learning, and Culture, intends to frame educational experiences as ideally meeting the needs of diverse students, their communities, and the various stakeholders who can benefit from high-quality, socially responsive language programs.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President and CEO of the Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Dr. Shelley Wong, Professor, George Mason University and past TESOL president
  • Dr. Ken Petersen, Technical Director for Online Learning & Assessment for American Councils for International Education

Proposals for colloquia/panel discussions, workshops, posters, and paper presentations are invited in the following areas, as well as others related to the conference theme:

  • Language Learning and Development
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Program Evaluation and Policy
  • Language in Society

The Call for Proposals opens this week and will adhere to the following schedule:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: December 23, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: January 24, 2014
  • Submission of papers (for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings): May 23, 2014

Proposals can be submitted online in PDF or DOC format at the following web address: http://viu.edu/sed/about-school-of-education/cllc/registration.html

Conference Registration 

Early registration: From November 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014

  • Students: $10
  • Non-students: $30

Regular registration: Begins March 1, 2014

  • Students: $20
  • Non-students: $40

*On-site registration is possible on the day of the event.

Optional Conference Excursion

Conference participants will have the opportunity to go on a group excursion to DC’s famous National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is scheduled to take place from March 20-April 13, 2014. Saturday, April 12 is the date of both the annual Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri, a Japanese Street Festival. For more information on these events, please visit the festival’s website: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

Additional Information about VIU’s School of Education

Virginia International University is a non-profit university located in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. Our students hail from more than 70 countries and nearly all of the continents. We offer Master’s degrees and Graduate Certificates in Education and TESOL.

In addition to our Conference on Language, Learning and Culture, we have a monthly speaker series, Voices from the Field, in which local community leaders, educators, language program administrators, and other visionaries give presentations that help our students to draw connections between their studies and the world outside the classroom. All of these talks are free and open to the public, and take place the first Thursday of every month at 2:00pm.

For more information on the VIU School of Education, please visit www.viu.edu/SED.

Questions can be directed to Kevin J. Martin, Director of the School of Education, at kevin@viu.edu