The Master’s Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics at the American University of Armenia (AUA) are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Student Research Conference, which will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015 at AUA. The Student Research Conference at the American University of Armenia is an annual conference that is organized by and for current or recent students in linguistics and applied linguistics. It is a venue where young professionals are able to share their projects with their peers in a welcoming environment and gain their first positive experience presenting in a public venue.
We would like to invite Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students, as well as recent graduates from TEFL, TESOL, TESL, Foreign Languages, Applied Linguistics, and Linguistics fields to submit proposals to present at the conference.
- You must be enrolled as a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD student or have graduated no earlier than 2014 from a program in linguistics or applied linguistics.
- Both individual and group projects are welcome.
- Proposals should correspond to one of the following types of papers on “linguistics or applied linguistics”: (Both completed projects and works in progress are welcome)
- Original empirical research based on your own data
- Secondary research (analysis of existing literature with implications)
- Curriculum or material development projects
- Proposals must be submitted by April 19, 2015.
PROPOSAL AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- Select the presentation format
Your proposal should clearly state whether you are submitting your project for a presentation, a poster session or a short interactive workshop.
The presentation should be interactive and engaging. During your presentation, avoid reading from your slides. If you are planning to present a work in progress, consider sharing questions with the audience to elicit their recommendations and ideas.Duration: 30 minutes.
- Poster Presentation
The conference venue will include an area where selected participants will display their posters. Poster presentations are a great way to share your projects with other conference participants in a more informal setting. Time slots will be scheduled during the conference when participants will read the posters and interact with the presenters.
A workshop is an interactive session during which participants are expected to produce something and/or be engaged in group work. Examples may include: developing an activity, practicing a classroom management or teaching technique, learn translation skills, and other. Audience participation should form a major part of the session. A workshop may include some theoretical elements to contextualize the practical work. If necessary, a workshop could be conducted in a computer lab. Duration: 30 minutes.
- Write in clear, concise, and accurate language
The purpose of the abstract and summary is to inform the Review Committee and conference attendees of the main objectives of your presentation. The Review Committee will give preference to proposals that:
- propose realistic session goals
- are clear and concise, and
- are proof-read for typographical errors and formatting.
- Include the required information
- Presenter(s)’ Bio (maximum 40 words): Your bio should include your name, affiliation, current year of study or graduation year, and a one-sentence description of your academic background: main field of study and, if applicable, topics of interest.
- Presenter(s)’ Contacts: e-mail, phone numbers.
- Title (maximum 7 words): Many conference attendees choose the talks they wish to attend based on the title alone. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a short title that states the main idea of your presentation and is clear for the conference goers. For example: Arts and Crafts: Fostering Creative Learning.
- Abstract (maximum 100 words): Your abstract will appear in the Conference Program and it is on the basis of this abstract that conference participants will choose which session to attend. Your abstract should come in the same document with the summary and cannot contain any information identifying the author(s) or affiliations.
- Summary (maximum 250 words): All proposers are required to submit a summary. Proposers should outline exactly what the session is going to accomplish and how it will be structured. The summary will be read by the Review Committee as a basis for selection. The summaries will not appear in the Conference Program.
The Review Committee reserves the right to refuse the submission of any abstract or summary that does not meet the above requirements. The selection is carried out based on the blind review process. The reviewers receive only the titles, abstracts and summaries. The names and bios of the presenters are not available to reviewers. The Review Committee also reserves the right to request that your title and/or abstract be modified.
The Student Research Conference is free of charge for all presenters and participants. Conference participants should plan to cover lunch, travel and accommodation expenses.
Conference participants should familiarize themselves with visa requirements well in advance of the conference. The conference organizers encourage you to apply for your visa as early as possible. Complete information on how to apply for a VISA to enter Armenia can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Conference organizers will assist participants coming from outside of Armenia in locating optimal accommodation and other logistical requests.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
- Each room is equipped with a laptop, projector. Additional equipment must be requested beforehand.
- Please bring your own photocopies. A photocopier is not available at the venue.
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