Call for Proposals
CASLT and the BCATML invite you to submit a proposal for the Celebrating Languages Without Borders (CLWB) 2020 national conference on the teaching and learning of second languages.
The program selection committee welcomes session proposals from both novice and experienced presenters. Share your high-impact strategies, current research, and innovative ideas with second language educators from across Canada and beyond.
The committee encourages submissions on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, pedagogy, assessment, proficiency, technology, social-emotional learning, inclusion, identity, and intercultural competency. Presentations should fall under one or more of the following conference strands in language education:
- ESL/EAL: English as a second or additional language (e.g., ESL in Francophone schools, English to newcomers in Anglophone schools and adults learning English)
- FSL/FAL: French as a second or additional language (e.g., French immersion, Intensive French, Core French, French to newcomers in Francophone schools and adults learning French, French in a Minority Language Setting “francisation”)
- IHL: International and heritage languages (e.g., German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish)
- ILCP: Indigenous languages, cultures, and perspectives
- ASL/LSQ: American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language
Presenters may propose more than one session but must submit separate online applications for each.
- November 2019: call for session proposals
- January 31, 2020: deadline for submitting a session proposal
- February 2020: review of session proposals
- March 13, 2020: response to the lead presenter
- April 3, 2020: deadline for presenters to confirm participation and to register
- May 4, 2020: preliminary conference program online
Proposals will be selected by the program selection committee based on their relevance to the conference strands, ensuring that the conference program offers a balanced, comprehensive, and diversified choice of sessions. The committee may also consider such criteria as the language of presentation, the type of second language program, and the geographical location of the presenter.
Furthermore, the committee shall consider the following elements when judging the overall quality of proposals:
- Well written and succinct description of the session
- Clearly articulated purpose and procedures, including the intended audience
- Relevance of the topic to the field of second language teaching, learning, and research
- Opportunities for participant engagement (where applicable)
The program selection committee reserves the right to request modifications to proposals prior to acceptance. If accepted, speakers may be invited to present in formats other than the one they selected.
Presenter Registration Rate
The number of presenters per session eligible to pay the discounted presenter registration rate for the conference varies according to the type of session. Additional presenters must pay the non-presenter rate.
To see how many presenters are eligible for the presenter rate, read the descriptions under Types of Sessions below.
Please consult the Registration page for the presenter rate.
IMPORTANT: Presenters are responsible for registering for the conference, arranging and paying for their own travel and lodging, and for any other associated costs.
Types of Sessions
Sharing or showcasing of information, with time and strategies integrated into the session for the audience to process information and to ask questions.
Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: 1
A hands-on, interactive professional development activity around a specific issue or technique. Requests for a 120-minute session must clearly demonstrate the need for extra time.
Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: 2
A structured session on a current topic related to one or more of the conference strands that includes 3–4 presenters, a discussant/facilitator, and time for questions and discussion. Each speaker’s presentation should be a maximum of 10 minutes for a 60-minute session and 20 minutes for a 120-minute session. Requests for a 120-minute session must clearly demonstrate the need for extra time.
Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: 4
Any session that promotes a saleable product, program, or service will be considered a commercial presentation. A limited number of commercial presentations are available at $100 for a 30-minute session or $150 for a 60-minute session (commercial presentation fees do not include registration to the conference). Commercial presenters must register as general attendees or as an exhibitor.
Number of speakers eligible for the presenter rate: Not applicable
Conference presentations will take place on Friday October 23, 2020, and Saturday October 24, 2020.
Lead presenters will be given the option of providing access to conference attendees of their presentations. The presenter coordinator will communicate with the lead presenters to explain the procedure for sharing presentations.
All rooms will have a television or projector and screen. Microphones and speakers are provided in rooms with over 40 people capacity. Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptops and adapters. If additional technology is required, it must be indicated on the Session Proposal Form.
Confirmation of Sessions
The lead presenter will receive notice via email of the status of the proposed session by March 13, 2020. If the proposal is accepted, the lead presenter must confirm participation through registering for the conference by April 3, 2020.
Proposal Contact Information