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Teaching Formulaic Language: An International Conference
April 19, 2014
At the Manhattan Campus of St. John’s University
101 Murray Street
New York, NY USA 10007
*Because of the generosity of St. John’s University, there is absolutely no charge for any part of this Conference
FOCUS: Many scholars have explored the theoretical implications of formulaic language. Dr. Clyde Coreil, with the assistance of Dr. Ninah Beliavsky, stresses the crucial importance of teaching these “chunks” or “lexical phrases” at the down-to-earth, classroom level in his textbook Term Papers and Academic Writing. Coreil claims that the seemingly inevitable, unidiomatic and often confusing mistakes in the speech and writing of second-language users is largely the result of neglecting these fixed phrases, which he calls “Preforms.” It has been estimated that these structures make up some 80% of any language, yet they are still treated as minor exceptions to grammar.
“We must become aware of this and include preforms in all language classes, in elementary as well as in undergraduate and graduate school,” he said. “This calls for extensive attention in lessons and textbooks. It is a radical idea, but one that is past due.”
Coreil and Beliavsky focus on these often quirky structures, enumerate some of them, suggest ways of finding them in the textbooks of non-language courses, and integrate them into daily classroom activities. “The students eat them up as they realize that at last they have found another effective key to language learning.” Any presentations related to this general topic will be welcome, as well as, other topics that are applicable to L2 pedagogy.
CONFERENCE STRUCTURE: The Conference begins with 8 a.m. coffee and closes at 7:30 p.m. after one hour of free conversation. There will be some 15+ sessions, each 25 minutes long. Presenters are asked to prepare proper articles (500-3,000 words) for later publication in regular book form. The deadline for these formal papers is June 1, 2014. The anthology will be available by September 1, 2014, and will be announced on Amazon.com and other booksellers. Guidelines for format are available.
PARTICIPANTS: Our audience will be international students, teachers, college professors, administrators, and curriculum writers. The Manhattan Campus of St. John’s University is close to museums, art galleries, and theatres in New York City. Please forward this information to colleagues who might be interested.
Notify Dr. Beliavsky at the address below whether you wish to attend as a participant or as a presenter. Conference presentations are expected by the end of February, 2014. Because of the generosity of St. John's University, all fees have been waived. Proposals of approximately 150-200 words should be emailed to
Dr. Ninah Beliavsky at
c/o Dr. Ninah Beliavsky
St. John's University
St. John Hall 434F
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, New York 11439 USA firstname.lastname@example.org
International Symposium on CALL, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, November 7-8, 2014
Proposal submission: September 15, 2014
Established in 1963 as the Distinguished Research Award and renamed in 1966 to honor the Council’s late president, the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English honors an outstanding work of scholarship or research in language, literature, rhetoric, or pedagogy and learning, published during the previous five years.
Any work or works of scholarship or research in language, literature, rhetoric, or pedagogy and learning published during the past five years (i.e., between January 2010 and December 2014) are eligible. Works nominated for the David H. Russell Award should be exemplary instances of the genre, address broad research questions, contain material that is accessibly reported, and reflect a project that stands the test of time. Normally, anthologies are not considered. Reports of doctoral studies, while not precluded from consideration for the Russell Award, are typically considered as part of NCTE's separate "Promising Researcher" program. Works nominated for the award must be available in the English language.
To nominate a study for consideration, please include:
your name, phone, email, author, title, publisher, date of publication, and one paragraph indicating your reasons for nominating the work
four copies of the publication for distribution to the Selection Committee, or give full bibliographic information so that the Selection Committee will encounter no difficulty in locating the publication you nominate.
Email nomination material to: email@example.com
OR send nomination materials to:
David H. Russell Award
National Council of Teachers of English
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Nominations of publications (and actual publications) to be considered should be postmarked no later than March 1.
NOTE: Books sent without supporting documents will not be considered.