The UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics’ 2nd Annual Public Conference focused on Language and Migration, will be held on November 4th, 2011. Last August our department’s 1st Annual Public Conference, “Linguistic Diversity in American Classrooms: Perspectives on Accent, Grammar, and Fluency”, was organized partially in response to the Arizona Department of Education instructing school districts to remove teachers who speak with "heavily accented" English from English language arts and ESL classrooms 
(for more information visit http://sites.google.com/site/uclalinguisticdiversconf2010/). Our intention with this public conference is to engage all members of the community, scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers, in a well-informed dialogue focusing on the most up-to-date scientific research on language, identity, and migration. We expect the presentations by various scholars to be accessible to non-specialists, and we will supplement them with testimonials and stories of firsthand experiences from other members of the community.

Our ultimate goal is to promote civic engagement in our communities and to incorporate diverse and meaningful academic, professional, and personal voices and perspectives into the conversations. We hope you join us in this effort to hold a dialogue about an issue relevant to us all, in which scholars will work together with other professionals, policymakers, and the greater community toward mutual understanding and positive social change. We look forward to collaborating with you.