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Date: April 16 and 17, 2021

Location: Virtual conference - hosted over Zoom

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15th, 2021  

Submission Guidelines: Download here

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ofelia García, The City University of New York. Learn more about Dr. García here
Plenary speaker: Dr. Kamran Khan, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Learn more about Dr. Khan here

Hosts: Teaching and Learning Department, College of Education; Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; University of Iowa Intensive English Program

Sponsored by: Department of Asian & Slavic Languages and Literature; Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Department of Teaching & Learning; International Programs; Graduate and Professional Student Government; University of Iowa Intensive English Program


The 2021 SLA Graduate Symposium is a two-day virtual symposium hosted jointly by the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Division of World Languages, Literature and Cultures at the University of Iowa. Due to the growing interest in equity and diversity issues in education, we believe that this symposium will provide a safe place where scholars, students, educators, and community members can have an open discussion about the critical issues at hand. We hope this will be an excellent opportunity for graduate students to gain experience presenting their own research, as well as meeting other researchers with similar interests and learning from guest speakers who are well-known in the field.
This year’s conference will be different from previous ones in two unique ways. First, we will be hosting the conference online. This affords us the opportunity to invite graduate students not only from domestic universities (including the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa), but also universities in other countries such as Korea, Taiwan, and Egypt. In addition, this year, we are inviting local language educators in hopes of encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and connections between research and teaching.

Objectives for the conference:

  1. Conference presentations will contribute to the literature on linguistic diversity, language contact, language equity, and access to language learning opportunities through technology and innovation.
  2. Presentations will provide language educators and graduate students (within the Iowa City community and beyond) with new findings in the field of applied linguistics that may be applicable to their own research and practice.
  3. Presenters and attendees will seek to bridge the divide between research and language instructional practice in order to empower bilingual educators in higher education and K-12 education.