CALL Larry Vandergrift Symposium

Call for Papers
Laurens (Larry) Vandergrift Memorial Symposium

Dr. Larry Vandergrift, Professor in the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa, passed away in November 2015 after a struggle with cancer. Dr. Vandergrift was a much valued and respected member of the community of second language teachers and researchers in Canada. A long-time teacher of French as a second language, Dr. Vandergrift moved into research on language teaching and learning in the 1980s but maintained a firm focus on classroom contexts and pedagogical issues.

In honour of Dr. Vandergrift’s important and long-standing contributions to second language research and teaching, ACLA/CAAL announces a call for papers for the Laurens Vandergrift Memorial Symposium, to be held at the 2017 ACLA/CAAL conference at Ryerson University in Toronto. Eligible proposals will include empirical research with clear pedagogical implications in any of the following areas:

§ Second language listening
§ Metacognition in language learning and teaching
§ Second language assessment and curriculum development
§ French as a second language learning and teaching
§ Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) or Diplômes d’études en langue française (DELF) in Canada

Blinded proposals for 20-minute paper presentations in English or in French (maximum 300 words) must include the heading “Laurens Vandergrift Memorial Symposium”, followed by the paper title. Proposals should include an explicit link between the current research and some aspect of Dr. Vandergrift’s work. All proposals not selected for the symposium will also be considered among the general pool of proposals for the 2017 ACLA/CAAL conference. Proposals will be submitted through the same process and time frame as other proposals for ACLA/CAAL 2017. Please visit for more information on abstract submission timelines.

Submission Deadline for Proposals: November 13, 2016
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