The University of Iowa

Contexts of Learning is theme of annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium April 19-20

April 10th, 2013

The Second Language Acquisition (SLA) 2013 Graduate Student Symposium on Contexts of Learning will be held April 19-20 in various locations of the University Capitol Centre on the UI campus. This event is free and open to the public. For a full schedule and registration information, visit

Featured presenters at the symposium include John Norris, associate professor at Georgetown University, who will present “Understanding language learning in educational contexts: The role of program evaluation;” Kate Paesani, associate professor at Wayne State University, who will present “Rethinking the Role of Language and Literary-Cultural Content in Advanced FL Learning Contexts;” and Chuanren Ke, professor at the University of Iowa and director of the Confucius Institute, who will speak about L2 Chinese proficiency development in at home and study abroad settings.

Through a partnership, SLA graduate students at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin–Madison alternate hosting this symposium each year.

Sponsors of this event include the Foreign Language Acquisition and Research Education Program (FLARE), the UI Graduate College, the Language Media Center, the James Preston Pusack Family Fund, the Confucius Institute, International Programs, and the following departments within the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Spanish and Portuguese and German.

For more information, visit or contact Raychel Vasseur at

See the event poster