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the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence to be held in January, 2018, in Tucson, Arizona (USA). The theme of this upcoming conference is: Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical.

5/22/2017
When: Monday, May 22, 2017
Where: Wyndham Grand Westward Look Resort
Tuscon, Arizona 
United States

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Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical

Sixth International Conference on the
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

January 25-28, 2018 Wyndham Grand Westward Look Resort Tucson, Arizona

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Keynote Presentation 
Robert O’Dowd (University of León), Moving from Intercultural Contact to Intercultural Learning in Virtual Exchange

Plenary Presentations 
Alvino Fantini (SIT Graduate Institute), Exploring Intercultural Communicative Competence: Concepts, Components and Assessment (A Multinational Perspective)

Chin-Sook Pak (Ball State University), Stories and Relationships that Awaken Us: Service/Community-Based Learning for Intercultural Competence

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As the opportunity and need to move between physical and virtual spaces has increased, more people experience the world as mobile and interconnected (see e.g. Douglas Fir Group, 2016; Kramsch & Whiteside, 2008). On the one hand, this has enabled participation in dispersed communities and markets; on the other hand, as communication, meaning making, and culture have become deterritorialized, interculturality has revealed itself as more complex than the ability to mediate across cultural differences. At the same time, patterns of mass migration and economic globalization have meant local contexts are also shaped by transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication. As a result people in today’s world must develop the capacity to negotiate and navigate dynamic demands.

In 2018, CERCLL will host the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence which will focus on Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical. The conference will feature presentations and workshops that consider intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility. Of particular interest are contributions that address the changing state of intercultural competence in a mobile world.

CERCLL invites proposals for individual papers, symposia, roundtables, posters, and workshops (half-day/full-day) with preference given to topics related to the conference theme of Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical.

Please choose from among the following strands:

  • Theory and approaches
  • Curriculum design and instruction
  • Telecollaboration
  • Technology and digital mediation
  • Study and work abroad/away
  • Service learning
  • Teacher training and professional development

 

Types of Presentations 

A. In-person Presentations

Proposals for in-person presentations at the conference may be submitted as one of five types: 1) Paper Presentation; 2) Symposium; 3) Roundtable discussion; 4) Poster; 5) Workshop. Each of these is explained in more detail below.

  • Paper Presentation (30 minutes total: 25 minute presentation plus 5 minutes discussion) are best suited for reports on completed research or scholarly work on a topic related to one of the conference strands. Presenters should not read their papers, but rather present the main points of their work in an engaging manner. Paper sessions will be organized into sessions of four papers by strand. Papers may be presented in English, French, German or Spanish.
  • Symposium (2 hours total: 90 minutes for presentations and 30 minutes for discussion) provide a venue for a group of authors (3-5) to propose a set of papers based on a shared theme or topic related to one of the conference strands. The papers may present complementary aspects or contrasting perspectives. Total presentation time is limited to one hour and thirty minutes. Thirty minutes are allocated at the end to give presenters and symposium participants an opportunity to engage in extended dialogue.
  • Roundtable Discussion (15 minutes total: 8 minutes presentation plus 7 minutes for discussion) present an opportunity for informal, in-depth discussions between presenters and participants on a specific topic or theme. They are particularly well suited for works-in-progress and are not meant to be formal paper presentations. Roundtable sessions allow for engaging conversations and provide networking opportunities among participants on common research interests. Roundtable discussions will be held in a room with several sessions taking place at the same time at different tables. Two presenters will be assigned to a table in each session and each table may seat up to six attendees. To accompany their presentations, roundtable presenters are encouraged to prepare handouts or PowerPoint slides they can display on their laptop.
  • Poster Session (55 minutes) are ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or work that lends itself to visual displays and representations. The maximum area per poster is 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. In these sessions, presenters engage in informal discussion with conference attendees during the assigned period.
  • Workshop Presentation (half day [3 hours] or full day [6 hours]) are best suited for teaching or demonstrating particular procedures or techniques. These sessions should be structured so that some explanatory or introductory information is provided with ample time for audience interaction, participation, and involvement.

B. Virtual Presentations

This format is intended for authors who are unable to attend the conference in person. The guidelines above for in-person paper presentations apply to virtual presentations as well. Upon notification that their abstract for a virtual presentation has been accepted, author(s) will have until December 11, 2017, to submit their presentation to CERCLL (instructions for how to do so will be mailed with their proposal acceptance).

Virtual presentations will not be simultaneous, however presentations will be available via the conference website so that all the conference attendees will have access to them during and after the conference. The preferred format for virtual presentations is a video file with audio annotation, no more than 25 minutes long. If there is no audio, it should take a reader no more than 25 minutes to go through the presentation. The video should not be film of the author speaking, but rather a slideshow presentation, perhaps created using PPT and QuickTime Pro. Multimedia and creative modes of presentation are encouraged. For examples of presentations created in this format, see the posters submitted for the 2016 Intercultural Competence Conference and digital presentations for CERCLL’s L2DL symposium (linked at cerclldiglit.wordpress.com).

Submission Guidelines 

All proposals must be submitted using the online form. So that you retain a copy of your submission, we advise preparing your title (10 words maximum), abstract (400 words maximum), summary (50 words maximum) and bio (50 words maximum) in Word or another format and pasting it into the submission form. If there are multiple presenters, their information must be included with the initial submission. For symposia, a title, abstract and summary (word count as above) will be required for each paper in the proposal, as well as for the symposium in general. You will see an immediate confirmation message on your screen when you submit your proposal successfully; a subsequent email will be sent from CERCLL within a few days of submission.

RestrictionsNo more than two proposals per person may be submitted. A presenter can only be a primary presenter on one proposal. Submitting more than two proposals will eliminate all proposals from consideration. Submissions with similar titles and content will also be eliminated from consideration.

Proposals must include the following:
Paper (in-person and virtual), symposium, poster 

  • Title: The title cannot be more than 10 words in length. Be sure that your title matches the content of your presentation.
  • Abstract: The abstract must not exceed 400 words. The online system will not allow you to continue your submission if the abstract exceeds 400 words, including any citations.
  • Summary: The summary must not exceed 50 words. It needs to be in final, publishable format and error-free, and should not include citations. It must clearly align with the content of your abstract. The online system will not allow you to continue your submission if the abstract exceeds 50 words.
  • Short professional biography. Must not exceed 50 words.
  • Contact information for all presenters, even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent (via email) to the first (primary) presenter listed. The primary presenter will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with details about the conference presentations. 

Workshop

  • Title: The title of the proposed session cannot be more than 10 words in length. Be sure that your title matches the content of your presentation.
  • Workshop length: 3 or 6 hours
  • Abstract: Abstract must not exceed 400 words. It will include: a brief description of what the workshop will entail; target audience, projected participant outcomes, a detailed schedule of activities; and citations (if appropriate).
  • Summary: The summary must not exceed 50 words. It needs to be in final, publishable format and error-free, and should not include citations. The online system will not allow you to continue your submission if the abstract exceeds 50 words.
  • Short professional biography. Must not exceed 50 words.
  • Contact information for all presenters, even though information regarding the proposal will only be sent to the first (primary) presenter listed via email. The primary presenter will be responsible for contacting all co-presenters with details about the conference presentations. 

Proposal Review 
Paper, symposium and poster session proposals will be evaluated by a team of reviewers using the following criteria: 
Scholarly or educational significance: Does this paper's topic address an important issue directly related to the main theme of the conference? Does it offer the promise of new knowledge or best practice? Is it likely to lead to engaged discussion? 
Theoretical orientation: For research-based papers: Is there a clear theoretical framework? Are the hypotheses or research questions significant? Do(es) the author(s) refer appropriately to previous research, theory, or practice? For theory-based papers (those which propose a new framework or reinterpret earlier studies): Does the discussion appear to be substantive? Thought-provoking? Insightful? 
For practice papers: Are the practices innovative and are they grounded in existing theory? 
Quality of research (if applicable): Is the research design appropriate and adequately outlined? Will the findings be of interest to foreign/second language teachers? 
Quality of practice (if applicable): Is the practice described innovative? Is it of potential interest to other foreign/second language teachers? Does the abstract describe clearly what is involved? 
Quality of presentation: Is the abstract focused? Clearly organized? Well-written? For symposium proposal: Will multiple, complementary or contrasting perspectives be presented to attendees? 

Workshop proposals will be evaluated by a team of reviewers using the following criteria: 
Content relevancy: Does the proposal convey new developments and/or innovative instructional techniques? Is the proposed workshop appropriate for the intended audience? Tied to the main theme of the conference? Rigorous in its content? 
Learning objectives: Are learning objectives explicit? Practical? Impactful? 
Learning environment: Are the delivery methods (what the presenter will do, what the participants will do) appropriate? Is the format/time suitable for the proposed content? Are there opportunities in the schedule for interaction or discussion? Is the described learning environment engaging? 
Presenter expertise: Does the presenter have experience in designing and/or presenting similar workshops? Demonstrate knowledge of how to engage participants in a meaningful way? 

Proposal deadline: 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on May 22nd, 2017. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email. Presenters will be notified by email of the conference committee’s decision by August 28, 2017. Presenters will need to confirm attendance by September 25, 2017.

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