The Master’s Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics at the American University of Armenia (AUA) are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Student Research Conference, which will take place at AUA on Saturday, June 10, 2017 .

We would like to invite Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students, as well as recent graduates from TEFL, TESOL, TESL, Foreign Languages, Translation Studies, Applied Linguistics and Linguistics fields to submit proposals to present at the conference.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1.  You must be enrolled as a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD student or have graduated no earlier than 2016 from a program in linguistics or applied linguistics.
  2. Both individual and group projects are welcome.
  3.  Proposals should correspond to one of the following types of papers:
  • Original empirical research based on your own data
  • Secondary research (analysis of existing literature with implications)
  • Curriculum or material development projects

           (Both completed projects and works in progress are welcome)

  1. Proposals must be submitted by April 25, 2017.

 

PROPOSAL AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  1.     Select the presentation format

Your proposal should clearly state whether you are submitting your project for a presentation, a poster session or a short interactive workshop.

  • Presentation

The presentation should be interactive and engaging. During your presentation, avoid reading from your slides. If you are planning to present a work in progress, consider sharing questions with the audience to elicit their recommendations and ideas. Duration: 30 minutes.

  • Poster Presentation

The conference venue will include an area where selected participants will display their posters. Poster presentations are a great way to share your projects with other conference participants in a more informal setting. Time slots will be scheduled during the conference when participants will read the posters and interact with the presenters.

  • Workshop

A workshop is an interactive session during which participants are expected to produce something and/or be engaged in group work. Examples may include: developing an activity, practicing a classroom management or teaching technique, learn translation skills, and other. Audience participation should form a major part of the session. A workshop may include some theoretical elements to contextualize the practical work. If necessary, a workshop could be conducted in a computer lab. Duration: 30 minutes.

  • Pecha Kucha

A PechaKucha, or 20×20, is a simple presentation format, where participants show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images should be set in an automatic way and the speaker should present the topic along to the images. Participants are encouraged to include more visual slides rather than text-laden, given the time-constraints.

Duration: 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

 

  1.     Write in clear, concise, and accurate language:

The purpose of the abstract and summary is to inform the Review Committee and conference attendees of the main objectives of your presentation. The Review Committee will give preference to proposals that:

  • propose realistic session goals
  • are clear and concise, and
  • are proof-read for typographical errors and formatting.

 

  1.     Include the required information:
  • Presenter(s)’ Bio (maximum 40 words): Your bio should include your name, affiliation, current year of study or graduation year, and a one-sentence description of your academic background: main field of study and, if applicable, topics of interest.
  • Presenter(s)’ Contacts: e-mail, phone numbers.
  • Title (maximum 7 words): Many conference attendees choose the talks they wish to attend based on the title alone. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a short title that states the main idea of your presentation and is clear for the conference goers. For example: Arts and Crafts: Fostering Creative Learning.
  • Abstract (maximum 100 words): Your abstract will appear in the Conference Program and it is on the basis of this abstract that conference participants will choose which session to attend. Your abstract should come in the same document with the summary and cannot contain any information identifying the author(s) or affiliations.
  • Summary (maximum 250 words): All proposers are required to submit a summary. Proposers should outline exactly what the session is going to accomplish and how it will be structured. The summary will be read by the Review Committee as a basis for selection. The summaries will not appear in the Conference Program.

IMPORTANT:

The Review Committee reserves the right to refuse the submission of any abstract or summary that does not meet the above requirements.

The selection is carried out based on the blind review process. The reviewers receive only the titles, abstracts and summaries. The names and bios of the presenters are not available to reviewers. The Review Committee also reserves the right to request that your title and/or abstract be modified.

 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The Student Research Conference is free of charge for all presenters and participants. Conference participants should plan to cover lunch, travel and accommodation expenses.

 

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

Conference organizers will assist participants coming from outside of Armenia in locating optimal accommodation and other logistical requests.

 

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES:

  • Each room is equipped with a laptop, projector. Additional equipment must be requested beforehand.
  • Please bring your own photocopies.  A photocopier is not available at the venue.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Proposal submission deadline: April 25, 2017.
  • Registration will start on April 26, 2017.
  • Selected presenters will be notified by May 15, 2017.
  • The conference program will be posted on our website by May 22, 2017.
  • Registration deadline: May 27, 2017.
  • Submitting a proposal does not mean you have registered for the event. Not registering online for the event could result in a presenter not receiving a folder, badge, room and equipment.

 

For questions, please contact the conference organizers:

 

Facebook page:

AUA Annual Student  Research Conference

https://www.facebook.com/AUASRC

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx.