Call for Proposals: TESOL Doctoral Research Forum

2018 Doctoral Research Forum

TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 

The 2018 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo includes a Doctoral Research Forum where doctoral students can discuss their dissertation research with each other and with experienced TESOL researchers and educators. The forum comprises paper and poster sessions on doctoral research and presentations on hot topics related to doctoral research. The TESOL Doctoral Research Forum is now accepting proposals for paper and poster presentations based on  research at any stage. Your proposal should discuss your research as well as issues, challenges, and successes you have had.

Note: You must be a doctoral student to present at the Doctoral Research Forum. Master’s students should submit to the Master’s Student Forum. Applicants may not submit more than one abstract.

Types of Proposals

A paper (15 min. with 5 min. Q&A) is an oral presentation, with occasional reference to notes or a text, that describes or discusses empirical or theoretical research at any stage. Handouts and audiovisual aids may be used. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2–3 papers, according to strands they are submitted to. Paper sessions will be chaired or co-chaired by presenters within the session.  

A poster session
(1 hr.) is presented on a large (4 ft. by 8 ft., 1.22 m by 2.44 m) display board. Posters can present doctoral research at any stage. Posters should include title, names and institutional affiliation of the presenter(s), and brief text with clearly labeled photos, drawings, graphs, or charts. Handouts may be used, but no other audiovisual equipment is allowed.

This type of presentation allows for short, informal discussions with other participants while the poster is on display. Although the exhibit should be self-explanatory, presenters are required to be available with their poster during their scheduled time slot.

Note: You may submit only one proposal for either a presentation or poster session.

How to Prepare Your Proposal

Proposals must include the following information: 
  • Full name 
  • University affiliation
  • Graduation year
  • Email
  • Address 
  • Proposal tile, abstract, and summary 
  • Designated interest area
  • Full name of co-presenter (if applicable)​

Note: Only two presenters are allowed per presentation. The presenter listed first is responsible for notifying the co-presenter of the status of the proposal and any other ​information received.  

Title Guidelines (10 words max.)

The title should
  • not exceed 10 words
  • be carefully written and proofread 
  • accurately reflect the presentation content
  • be clear to the intended audience
  • not have a colon or quotation marks
  • capitalize all major words

Abstract Guidelines (50 words max.)

The proposal must include an abstract. The abstract will appear in the forum’s program book, and attendees will use it to decide whether to attend your presentation, so it should be carefully written and proofread. The abstract should
  • not exceed 50 words
  • be written in the third person present tense (e.g., “The presenter begins by… and she…”)
  • not refer to published works
  • be carefully edited and proofread
  • be written to draw the most appropriate audience to the presentation
  • spell out any acronym(s) used in the title
  • not include names of presenter(s) or institution(s)

Summary Guidelines (300 words max.)

The summary should include
  • not exceed 300 words
  • not include names of presenter(s) or institution(s) 
  • clearly state a purpose and point of view
  • include supporting details and examples
  • contain evidence of current practices and/or research
  • be carefully edited and proofread
  • include/discuss a designated interest area (see below)
  • a designated interest area (see below)

Designated Interest Area

You must select one area, and your choice must match the interest area listed in the summary. 
  • Adult Education
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Bilingual Education
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Higher Education
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intensive English Programs
  • International Teaching Assistants
  • Material Development
  • Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL
  • Program Administration
  • Refugee Concerns
  • Second Language Writing
  • Secondary Schools
  • Social Responsibility
  • Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening
  • Teacher Education
  • Video and Digital Media

Adjudication Process

Submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed by doctoral students. Accepted proposals will be notified in November.
Download the evaluation rubric.

Factors Affecting Selection

Balance: To ensure that the Doctoral Research Forum brings together individuals from a variety of institutions and backgrounds, the Forum Program Committee seeks balance in
  • range of topics
  • interests covered
  • proposal’s relevance to the needs of TESOL graduate students

Quality of proposal summary

Summaries should
  • clearly state the proposal's purpose
  • be succinct
  • be appropriate to the type of session proposed
  • show the proposal's significance for the intended audience
  • indicate the quality of research (if relevant)
  • show evidence that the presentation will be well prepared

Factors Disqualifying a Proposal

Your proposal will be disqualified if it
  • promotes commercial interests
  • is not completed according to the guidelines outlined in this call
  • is not received by the deadline 

Responsibilities of the Presenter

  • Register for the forum through the convention registration form. Registration to the forum is free and you do not have register for the TESOL Convention to present in the forum. Registration for the forum (and convention) open in September/October. 
  • Only two presenters are allowed per presentation. The presenter listed first is responsible for notifying the co-presenter of the status of the proposal and any other ​information received.  
  • Do not change the conceptual content of your session once it has been accepted.
  • Bring a computer and power cord for your oral presentation (if necessary).
  • Support the other presenters by participating in all forum activities.

Registration

To present at the 2018 Doctoral Research Forum, you must register. To register, select the Doctoral Research Forum on the TESOL convention registration form. Registration is free, and you do not have to register for the TESOL Convention to attend. It opens in September/October.

2018 TESOL Doctoral Forum Coordinators

Michael Karas
Doctoral Candidate 
Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics
Western University  

Natalia Balyasnikova 
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Language & Literacy Education
University of British Columbia

Questions?

If you have a questions, please contact the TESOL Doctoral Forum Committee. To ensure a timely response, please put “2018 Doctoral Forum Proposal Question” in the subject line.

Submitting Your Proposal

Proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 pm ET, 1 October 2017. Proposals will not be accepted after the deadline. 

Submit Your Proposal