Register now for the 30th Annual NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Conference

Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Teachers College, Columbia University

Theme: Second/Foreign Language Research: Information Technology,
Inquiry and Interaction

Plenary Speaker: Dr. John Liontas
“From Prescribing and Describing Linguistics to Analyzing Applied
Linguistics Research and Practice: A Multiplicity of Perspectives from
Language Teaching, Technology, and Idiomaticity”

The conference will feature:
– Concurrent presentations throughout the day
– Poster session
– Publisher’s exhibit
(Breakfast, lunch, and wine & cheese reception included)

*To pre-register, please download and complete the Pre-Registration Form (alconf2009_prereg2)*

Visit the NYS TESOL website. For questions or further information please contact Lan Ngo at

Below is a sample of the presentations:

Seyed Vahid Aryadoust & Dr. Christine Goh
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Investigating the Construct Validity of the Listening Module of an International Standardized Proficiency Test

Of all IELTS modules, listening is the least-researched one. This
article reports on a study which investigated the construct validity
of the IELTS Listening from a specimen material. Using the Rasch and
factor analysis, the study discovers evidence detrimental to the
construct validity of the test. Implications for IELTS and second
language testing are also discussed.


Dr. Cynthia S. Wiseman, Dr. Maureen T. Matarese, & Joshua Belknap

Wikis in Language Learning

The presenters will showcase three ways in which wikis can scaffold
teaching and learning. The first approach highlights a
fully-interactive wiki website for teacher-student learning. The
second examines how literacy teachers foster collaborative learning
and writing through student-authored, publicly-available wiki-pages,
and the third presents wikis in a language lab setting.


Tara Tarpey
Teachers College, Columbia University
I’m Bad at Grammar: Self-Deprecation in Undergraduate Peer Tutoring
Using conversation analysis as a framework, this presentation explores
the nature of self-deprecation offered by tutees during undergraduate writing center
advising episodes. The data reveal that self-deprecations in peer tutoring are
not followed by the conditionally-relevant preferred action of disagreement. The
institutionality of the setting will be discussed in relation to this finding.


Vu Ho
Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University
Effect of Association Strategies on L2 Word Association Consistency
This vocabulary development project involved 40 subjects and investigated the
effectiveness of nine association strategies designed to help L2
learners associate foreign words more consistently. Results show that
subjects with training on these strategies performed
significantly better than those without. Furthermore, this desirable
effect could be sustained over time.


Mimi Blaber, Eric Newman, & Melinda Thomsen
CUNY Immersion Program, LaGuardia Community College
Free Software for Language Learners
Presenters will discuss two free computer applications used at
LaGuardia Community College for ESL students: Audacity®, an open
source software for recording and editing sounds and Second Life, an
Internet-based virtual world where students can travel, explore,
socialize, and communicate in a digital environment.

…and many more.


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