Tamkang International Conference on Second Language Writing

Call for Abstracts:

Writing as one of the fundamental language skills has traditionally posed a variety of challenges for second language teachers and learners. Once the writing skill is placed within particular contexts, these challenges multiply. These range from addressing writing skills within exam-driven traditional curricula to navigating the proliferation of technologies, to creating meaningful contexts for the learning of writing and managing the workload created for teachers when students write and expect feedback. This conference is intended as a forum for addressing the full range of pedagogical and research issues on second language writing. Abstracts are invited for papers on any aspects of foreign or second language writing learning and pedagogy.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
Academic writing
Foreign language writing within school curricula
Writing instruction integrating other language skills
Second language writing integrated with other content areas (content-based instruction and writing across the curriculum, for example)
Emerging literacies and issues of register (including technology-enabled influences on literacies and register exerted by the proliferation of e-mail, mobile devices and messaging, and the rise of the blog)
Standards and Assessment
Issues of feedback on student writing
Research issues in writing pedagogy
Voice and issues of empowerment
Writing within standardized/institutional exam systems: (TOEFL, GEPT, etc.)
Writing and technology
The writing process

Important Dates:
Abstracts due: May 31st, 2006
Acceptance Notification: June 30th, 2006
Camera-ready papers due: September 30th, 2006
Conference dates: December 1st and 2nd, 2006
Submit abstracts via email to: Yi-chen Chen identity@mail.tku.edu.tw
Or mail to: English Department, Tamkang University,
151 Ying-chuan Road, Tamsui, Taipei County Taiwan 25137, R.O.C.
Tel : 886-26215656 ext.2343

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words in length (including references) and should include a
clear description of the issue(s) addressed and a sketch of results. Include the author’s name, affiliation, and postal and email addresses.