Call for Papers: Northeaster Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 47th
Annual Convention

March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut

Abstract deadline: September 30, 2015


Innovative Approaches to Second Language Reading

The use of texts in the language classroom can serve not only to help
students become more effective, more fluent, and faster L2 readers, but
also to help them learn about L2 discourse practices, writing conventions,
and culture. While reading research has accomplished a great deal of theory
in the past thirty years, it has, however, presented a relative lack of
empirical data that supports best practices in the L2 reading classroom. In
terms of curriculum itself, there is also conflicting evidence about what
types of texts—authentic or inauthentic—seem to work best for various
curricular goals. It can also be difficult to select texts for various
levels. Given the questions that reading research has yet to fully address,
this panel welcomes presentations on innovative approaches to reading in
all levels and languages of L2 reading instruction, and data that supports
the effectiveness of these approaches. Papers may address any of the
following topics:

   - ·      Innovative curricular designs for teaching L2 reading
   - ·      Data that supports the use of particular approaches
   - ·      The use of unabridged (“authentic”) materials in the L2
   - ·      Learning outcomes for L2 reading activities
   - ·      Selection of reading materials for different levels of L2
   - ·      Reading as a social practice
   - ·      Reading strategies
   - ·      Other reading-related topics

Please submit 250-word abstracts by September 30 through the NeMLA website:

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