WVTESOL 21st Annual Conference

Shepherdstown, WV
March 10, 2018

The WVTESOL 2018 Conference Committee welcomes and encourages you to submit a proposal to our 21st Annual Conference to be held in Shepherdstown, WV on March 10, 2018. Proposals for papers, panel discussions, workshops, resource sharing, posters/exhibits and teaching ideas are expected to address the conference theme: ESL in the Digital World: No Deposit, More Return.

Important Dates

Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2017 Extended! December 31, 2017

Acceptance Notification: January 10, 2018

Presenter Confirmation: January 25, 2018

Conference Date: March 10, 2018 (pre-conference sessions March 9)

Conference Sub-themes

  • Digital literacy in a global world
  • Surviving and thriving in changing language instruction circumstances
  • Adapting known resources and practices to evolving dynamics
  • Developing new tactics, resources, and approaches to solve emerging challenges
  • Unconventional and “outside-the-box” tactics, methodologies, and programming
  • Making sense of changing environments, legislation, processes and programming requirements
  • Teaching in under-resourced environments
  • Addressing challenges of rural program provision
  • Learner/teacher identity and autonomy
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Curriculum development
  • Language skills and subskills
  • Professional development for teachers, administrators, tutors, and other language instruction providers
  • Mobile and online learning
  • Translanguaging and multilingual education
  • Other topics which have relevance to the conference theme

Conference Format

As sessions vary in format and length, presenters are advised to state their preference and the relevance of their presentation to the conference theme or sub-theme. Where a preference cannot be accommodated, the Conference Committee will offer the presenter an alternative format.

Paper Presentations are research, theory, concepts, and practices. They are 20 minutes long + 10 minutes Q&A.

Panel Discussion is a forum for discussing thematic topics or other relevant topics within a small group. The sessions are 25 minutes long + 15 minutes Q&A.

Workshop Sessions are 45 minutes long. These sessions are interactive with emphasis on group collaborations.

Teaching Tips/Resource Sharing Sessions are 20 minutes. They provide useful information, and ideas on teaching and learning.

Poster Presentations/Exhibits will be displayed on an ongoing basis throughout the conference.

Guidelines for Proposal Submission

  1. Proposals MUST be submitted through the online proposal submission form at 2018 Proposal Submission; e-mailed submissions will not be accepted.
  2. Proposals must be complete and include all fields.
  3. Acronyms and/or abbreviations should be spelled out.
  4. Please do not submit a proposal for a study and/or project that has not been conducted.

The deadline for proposal submissions is December 10, 2017. Any submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be accepted.

Evaluation of Proposals

All proposals will be peer reviewed by WVTESOL on the basis of the following criteria

  1. Focus and organization
  2. Direct relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes
  3. Clarity, coherence, and originality of the proposal
  4. Theory/practice and/or research contribution

If you have any additional questions for the WVTESOL Conference, please contact Conference Chairs Dr. Lois Jarman at [email protected] or Erin Clemens at [email protected], or WVTESOL Board Secretary Maria Skowronski at [email protected]