Call for Proposals 2020

Call for Workshop and Session Proposals

Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

NY Hilton Midtown February 13–15, 2020

Deadline for submission: May 3, 2019

Nathan Lutz, Chairperson

 

Thank you for considering to submit a proposal to present at the 2020 NECTFL Conference Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner, to be held February 13–15, 2020, at the NY Hilton Midtown. We welcome all proposals, and especially those with a connection to our conference theme. Our aim is to bring together all those involved in the teaching and promotion of world languages, including researchers and educators at every level of education, across the Northeast and beyond. Our program will include in-depth three and six-hour pre-conference workshops, featured presentations by distinguished speakers, a variety of sessions, along with our #techlab and Research Roundtable, and “Best of State” sessions.

We welcome all proposals – those with a connection to our theme as well as those that address topics of general interest in the field. The Program Committee will select ten session proposals for special designation as “Featured Presentations.” One “Featured Presentation” will be offered during each of the ten conference session time slots. Please direct all questions to info@nectfl.org.

Vendors, Exhibitors and Service Providers: Please submit your proposal via the same link below. For-profit individuals and entities must submit as an exhibitor/vendor and must be registered as an exhibitor for the conference or pay an exhibitor fee. Regular session and workshop presenters must be practitioners from the field and presentations must be non-commercial in nature.  To view our complete policy on consideration of workshop and session proposals, please click here.

Conference Theme

Our conference theme is Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner. Sessions may address a wide range of topics related to language teaching and learning. Proposals should address methods and strategies that are used in K-16 settings. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of the theme:

  • Students with learning differences

Proposals may address the implementation of strategies to meet all learners’ needs, despite any learner differences they may have.

  • Students who speak a different language at home

Proposals may address developing and sustaining programs to afford any child the opportunity to develop literacy in his/her native language.

  • Students who learn in more than one language

Proposals may address the design, implementation, and evaluation of dual language immersion programs,

  • Students of any socio-economic status

Proposals may address the challenges and successes of teaching in all types of schools, with a special emphasis on teaching in underfunded urban and rural environments.

  • Students of any age

Proposals may address the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for our youngest learners.

  • Students who represent a range of gender expressions and identities

Proposals may address designing and implementing curriculum and instruction that is inclusive of a range of gender expressions and identities.

  • Students of any race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation

Proposals may address designing and implementing curriculum and instruction that is inclusive and culturally responsive of all races, ethnicities, and religious affiliations.

 

Please note: we do welcome all proposals – those with a connection to our theme as well as those that address topics of general interest in the field.

 

Time Slot Options:

 

Thursday: Three- or six- hour workshops
Friday and Saturday: One-hour sessions

 

Pre-conference Workshops

Thursday will feature more in-depth three and six-hour workshops. Proposals with a direct connection to the theme will be given priority, but proposals on any relevant topic will be considered. These workshops can feature more opportunities for interaction and offer more in-depth treatment of high-interest current issues in world language education. Up to two co-presenters may be listed for a pre-conference workshop.

Sessions

Sessions are one hour in length and may or may not be specifically aligned to the conference theme. Up to five co-presenters may be listed, including the main presenter/contact.

Featured Sessions

Ten sessions will be designated as Featured Sessions and will be highlighted in the program. These are sessions which the Program Committee has selected for their strong connection to the theme.

#techlab

If you have a technology-related idea that doesn’t necessarily fit the hour-long session model or would lend itself well to attendee hands-on learning opportunities, consider presenting in our #techlab, during which multiple presenters will set up in a tech ‘fair’. Attendees will have the option of staying at one table or walking around to visit as many as possible. A full description of your presentation will be included in the conference program.

Research Roundtable

If you have a research-related presentation that doesn’t necessarily fit the hour-long session model or would lend itself well to interactive discussion, consider presenting in our Research Roundtable, during which multiple presenters will set up in one room, two per table. The hour will be divided into two half-hour time slots. Each presenter will present once, and attendees will have the opportunity to switch tables at the half-hour mark. Interactive discussion will provide dialogic interaction between presenters and attendees.  A full description of your presentation will be included in the conference program.

Exhibitor Sessions

Vendors and service providers renting space in the exhibit hall may submit one session proposal per booth rented. Proposals received after the deadline are subject to availability. Pre-conference workshops are not open to vendors or service providers. (See detailed policy here.) If you are an exhibitor submitting a vendor session, please visit our exhibitor information page.

Proposal Tips

  • Proposals should follow the submission guidelines and be well-written and clear. The proposal title and description should align and should not need extensive editing.
  • Proposals should be relevant to ACTFL standards, support proficiency-based instruction, and/or contribute to the field.
  • The content and purpose should describe specific knowledge and skills that advance teaching and learning.
  • All outcomes for the presentation should be clear, specific, and measurable.
  • Strategies for engagement should ensure high participant involvement. The selection committee should have a clear understanding of what will happen during the session.

Submission Form

All proposals must be submitted using our online form. You will be asked to provide a description for printing in the program, as well as details documenting how your proposal aligns with our guidelines. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and you should receive notification of a decision by mid- to late summer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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