L2DL Symposium: Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange

a hybrid symposium on research and practice

October 19th - 24th, 2020


L2DL 2020: CFP


ABSTRACT DEADLINE: June 7, 2020; the submission period has now closed.

SYMPOSIUM DATES: October 19-24, 2020

Accessible entirely online, the Second Language Digital Literacies Symposium (L2DL) is a biennial international digital conference that offers both online and face-to-face sessions that allow academics to make connections across the globe. The 2020 L2DL symposium includes a week of online presentations and discussions and culminates on October 24 with a day of talks by invited speakers, accessible in person at the University of Arizona and livestreamed online. Digital presentations will be hosted online during the week of October 19, with asynchronous fora (discussion threads) allowing for question-and-answer during the entire week. Examples of such presentations from previous years can be found on the menu bar, above. 

The focus of the 2020 symposium explores intersections between international education, digital literacies, and virtual exchange. We invite proposals for digital presentations from individuals and institutions focused on online intercultural education, virtual exchange, collaborative online international learning and technology enabled global learning. Research studies, theoretical think pieces, and exemplary practices are all equally welcome. We particularly encourage contributions to address this year’s special theme, Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange, but presentations that address other aspects of L2 Digital Literacies will be considered as well. 

Possible topics for the special theme might include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Critical Perspectives on L2 Digital Discourses and Intercultural Online Learning
    • Critical literacies and virtual exchange
    • Critical perspectives on online intercultural education
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion in online intercultural learning
    • Advocating for social justice and equal access via virtual exchange
    • Macro- and micro-discourses in intercultural online learning
  • Innovative Pedagogies, Transdisciplinarity, and Practice 
    • Institutional initiatives and collaborative online international learning (COIL)
    • Transdisciplinary perspectives and contexts: opportunities and challenges
    • Teacher and student voices in intercultural education
    • Innovative pedagogy and practice
    • Teacher professional development and agency in intercultural online education
  • Research Perspective on Virtual Exchange and Digital Literacies
    • Research methodologies and analytical frameworks and VE
    • Empirical investigations of learning outcomes and digital literacy development
    • Measures of VE Impact on digital literacies and intercultural competence
    • Analytical Instruments for Empirical Research on VE
    • New directions in VE research

Additionally, presentations might engage with broader discussions related to L2DL, including digital literacies and intercultural virtual dialogue

  • as multimodal and transnational
  • as everyday 
  • and academic 
  • and informal learning
  • and transnational practices and innovative platforms
  • and questions of agency, authorship, & identity
  • and translingualism 
  • and multilingualism

Proposals for virtual presentations must be submitted using the online submission form by the submission deadline of June 7, 2020

The online submission form will require a title (10 words maximum), summary (50 words maximum), and abstract (350 words maximum) describing your proposed presentation and including the key theoretical/academic references on which your presentation is based (citations are included in the word count). Proposals are reviewed blind, so abstracts should not include identifying information. Authors may submit no more than two proposals, and they may be primary presenter on only one of those. Details on formatting, hosting, and submitting final presentations will be provided to accepted presenters.

The acceptance status emails will be sent by July 3, 2020. Complete digital presentations will be due on September 27, 2020.

This is the fourth event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning. Presentations and resources from the 2014, 2016 and 2018 symposia, as well as further details about the upcoming 2020 event, can be found on the menu bar above.

This event is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education that supports the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) and organized with the Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Initiative. It is sponsored by the College of HumanitiesCollege of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program, and other units at the University of Arizona.

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