Sociocultural Theory and L2 Learning Working Group 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 meeting of the SCT-L2 Learning Working Group, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA (USA), November 8-10, 2019 (see below for details). We welcome proposals for presentations on sociocultural approaches to research on second and foreign language learning, heritage language learning, multilingualism, and language and culture.

This year's meeting will be co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of Modern Languages (Rémi A. van Compernolle) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education's Department of Instruction and Learning (Richard Donato).

As in the past, there will be no registration fee. The format of SCT-L2 2019 will follow past practice - presentations of research in progress that is anchored in the seminal works of L.S. Vygotsky and those who work in this theoretical framework. Presentations will be followed by substantive discussion and feedback. Participants will also be able to receive research suggestions and recommendations by those involved in investigating the principled application of sociocultural theory to applied linguistic research, and in particular, second and foreign language learning and teaching.

We hope to see you in November!

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Important information

When: Friday November 8 - Sunday November 10, 2019

Where: Cohen University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)

Proposal deadline: June 7, 2019

Notification of decisions: July 1, 2019

Registration deadline: September 1, 2019. Please register by filling out this form.

Proposal submission: Click here for guidelines

Travel: Many airlines provide service to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

The conference will be held on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, which is located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and adjacent to Oakland, where the University of Pittsburgh is located. Squirrel Hill and Oakland are accessible from the airport via taxi, ride share (Uber, Lyft), and bus (the 28X Airport Flyer has stops in Oakland and on CMU's campus).

We have secured a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oakland. The conference rate is $139/night. The hotel is located 1 mile from CMU's campus and is easily walkable. There is also complimentary shuttle service from the hotel.

Please use the following direct link to reserve your room:

If you prefer to reserve by phone, please call call 877-782-9444 and use the group code: SLLG.