American Association of Applied Linguistics 2014 Conference
March 22 - 25, 2014
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Does a Pre-Ninth Grade Intervention Program Help Adolescent, Low Literacy Newcomers?
This paper presents the results of a formative evaluation conducted during the second year’s implementation of a pre-ninth grade intervention for low literacy, high school newcomers. Data collection and analyses included pre-post student reading, writing, and math assessments, classroom observations, and participant interviews. Statistically significant results were found.
Presenters include: Deborah J. Short
8:00 – 9:00 am
Lower Level 1 – Salon G
Graduate Education in Applied Linguistics: Results of a Nationwide Survey
What is the current state of applied linguistics in the United States? What is being taught and learned in graduate programs of applied linguistics? The field of applied linguistics has experienced great growth and shifts in recent decades (Grabe, 2002), and this study aims to explore how that growth is reflected in graduate programs of applied linguistics and its subfields. Through analysis of program offerings and direct surveys of students and those who train them, it attempts to describe the current state of U.S. graduate education in applied linguistics, an important benchmark of the field’s health and future.
Presenters: Anne Donovan and Margaret Malone
11:30 am – 12:35 pm
Promoting Oral Proficiency Gains in Study Abroad: A Three-year Study
This poster presents results of a three-year study investigating a programmatic intervention designed to promote oral proficiency gains in study abroad homestay placements. Host families in semester-long programs in Peru, Chile, China, and Russia were trained in strategies to increase meaningful conversational exchange with students (n=30 per language). Quantitative and qualitative analyses of pre and post oral proficiency tests and recordings of student-host conversations examine student language gains compared to a control group whose families were not trained (n=20 per language). Results of pre and post surveys explore what students and hosts believe was effective about the homestay experience.
Presenters: Francesca Di Silvio, Anne Donovan, Margaret Malone
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wilga Rivers Pedagogy Colloquium: Implications of Globalization for New Directions in Language Teaching: What Role for Applied Linguistics?
This colloquium addresses the challenges of teaching and educating future generations of language learners in rapidly changing global environments. While noting trends in a variety of instructional contexts, presenters critically consider the question of how applied linguistics can be more responsive in meeting the needs of language teachers and learners.
Organizers: Terrence G. Wiley and Margaret Malone
Lower Level 1 – Salon E
Wilga Rivers Pedagogy Colloquium Paper
Optimizing Language Learning in Study Abroad: Recent Research, Current Findings, and New Directions
This paper reviews the evolution of research on language learning in study abroad from purely test-based outcomes studies to the use of quantitative accounting of student activities, ethnographies and case studies, and mixed-methods studies to investigate the relationship between language development and specific experiences abroad (DuFon & Churchill, 2006; Freed, 1998; Kinginger, 2011). The paper then describes a three-year study investigating a programmatic intervention designed to promote oral proficiency gains of learners of three target languages through training host families to increase meaningful conversation with students. Results explore what students (n=150) and hosts (n=90) believe was effective about the homestay.
Presenter: Margaret Malone
Lower Level 1 – Salon E
Home Language Proximity as a Grouping Variable in the Validity Analysis of an English Language Proficiency Assessment
This study compares speakers of Germanic and Romance languages with students whose home languages are more distant from English in a validity analysis of an English language proficiency assessment. Results inform test development by providing insight into which test items merit close attention to assure fairness across language groups.
Presenters: Jennifer Renn, Shu Jing Yen, David MacGregor
3:00 – 6:35 pm
Monday, March 24, 2014
Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award Lecture
Critical Language Policy Analysis and the On-going Need for Advocacy in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Critiques of language planning and policy have provided many important, nuanced insights into the limitations past approaches to the study and processes of language planning and policy analysis, which emphasized top-down, rationalist/technocratic approaches and the role of experts. Subsequent ideological/historical-structural approaches to policy analysis have been criticized for overemphasizing the role of the state-driven formal policies as instruments of social control. Newer, ethnographic and bottom-up approaches have emphasized the importance of focusing on local and individual agency, and critical studies are adding insights regarding resistance, transgression and negotiated spaces that occur through contact. While acknowledging these contributions, this paper presents a case for the on-going need for critical analysis and policy advocacy by documenting the consequences of restrictive formal policies and the resurgence of attacks on linguistic human rights.
Presenter: Terrence G. Wiley
Lower Level 1 – Salon F
Surveying the Assessment Needs of Second Language Researchers and Teacher Educators
This paper presents results of surveys of second language acquisition researchers (N=243) and language teacher educators (N=308) that investigate their language assessment experiences and needs. Results from closed- and open-ended questions are presented, and implications for future research directions and resource development are discussed.
Presenters: Victoria Nier, Meg Malone
4:55 - 7:10 pm
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The State of Applied Linguistics: Past, Present, and Future
This colloquium explores the past, present, and future of applied linguistics to examine the identity of the field. Papers discuss the origins of the field including the issues that united applied linguists and differentiated them from their peers in related disciplines in the middle of the twentieth century. A definition of the field emerges from a variety of sources and seasoned perspectives are contrasted with the insight of graduate students who are planning their futures in the field. Finally, the significance of such introspection is considered as panelists and discussants look to the future of applied linguistics.
Organizer: Francesca Di Silvio
Presenters Include: Margaret Malone and Terrence G.Wiley
Lower Level 1 – Salon F
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