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Below are the last five items from News. To read more, go there. To read sporadic entries on teaching, learning, writing, and using technology, go to my blog. For posts after May 10, 2014, go to Explorations in Learning.


English as Lingua Franca

Scott Jaschik writes on a report given at the British Council’s conference Going Global, based on a survey about English as a Lingua Franca in higher education. Professors teaching subjects in English felt it wasn’t their responsibility to help the students with their English.

10th IAIMTE Conference

10th IAIMTE Conference 2015: Languages, Literatures, and Literacies, Odense, Denmark, 3-5 June, 2015

Website: http://www.sdu.dk/om_sdu/institutter_centre/ikv/konferencer/konferencer+2015/iaimte

Proposal deadline: December 1, 2014

Conference CFPs: CCCC, AAAL, TESOL, & AERA


Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, USA, March 18-21, 2015

Website: http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv

Proposal deadline: May 19, 2014


American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 21-24, 2015

Website: http://www.aaal.org/

Proposal deadline: August 20, 2014


TESOL 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 25-28, 2015

Website: http://www.tesol.org/attend-and-learn/international-convention/convention2014/2015-session-proposals

Proposal deadline: June 2, 2014


AERA 2014, Chicago, Illinois, USA, April 16-20, 2015

Website: http://www.aera.net/

Proposal submissions: June 1 - July 22, 2014


CFP: 2nd International Conference on Applied Linguistics

2nd International Conference on Applied Linguistics, Cappadocia, Turkey, March 4-7, 2015

Website: http://languageinfocus.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/LIF2015-first-circular.pdf

Proposal deadline: November 1, 2014


Cappadocia is a beautiful place known for its geological and historical aspects.


Here’s a list of the plenary speakers in alphabetical order:

Ayşe Akyel

Simon Borg

Vivian Cook

Rod Ellis

Susan Gass

Rebecca Oxford

Lydia White


Mere Rhetoric

Mere Rhetoric is a recently started collection of podcasts on rhetoric and writing at The University of Texas at Austin. As of April 17, topics include:

  • What is Rhetoric?
  • Isocrates
  • The Speech Act Debate
  • Kenneth Burke
  • The Phaedrus
  • Expressivism
  • Progymnasmata
  • Erasmus
  • Genre Theory
  • Augustine
  • Errors and Expectations
  • Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory
  • Sor Juana
  • De Oratore



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