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3rd International Conference on Second Language Pedagogies:
Improving Learners’ Proficiency and Accuracy

Troisième colloque international sur la didactique des langues secondes:
Améliorer la précision et les compétences linguistiques des apprenants

Dates:  February 1 and 2, 2014
Conference location:  University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Official conference languages:  English and French

Dates:  1-2 février 2014
Lieu:  Université de Toronto à Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Langues officielles du colloque:  français et anglais

The Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, in collaboration with the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph, and the Department of Modern Languages at the University of São Paulo, proudly present the
 
3rd International Conference on Second Language Pedagogies:
Improving Learners’ Proficiency and Accuracy


This year’s conference will explore innovative and effective didactic theories and practical strategies that aim to improve second language learners’ proficiency, and accuracy in post-secondary education.  During over 50 panels, individual paper presentations, and 8 interactive workshops, participants will discuss the use of technology in second language learning and teaching, challenges in today’s classroom, student motivation and engagement, innovative assessment methods, and experiential learning.

The conference also features two of the most important scholars and practitioners in the discipline: Professor Tom Cobb from the Université du Québec à Montréal will present a talk titled Does Research Have a Role in “Improving Language Learners' Accuracy and Proficiency”? What Kind of Research?  Larry Vandergrift, Professor Emeritus, from the University of Ottawa will deliver his talk entitled Facilitating Language Learning: Developing Smart Listeners.

Participants from 13 countries and 36 post-secondary institutions are united under the common goal of enhancing second language learning and teaching. Undergraduate and graduate student contributions present constitute yet another valuable strength of the conference.

The conference is made possible thanks to the support of the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph, and the Department of Modern Languages at the University of São Paulo. We also wish to acknowledge with sincere gratitude several people who have been extremely generous with their time, namely, the Language Studies Academic Society at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the student volunteers and the Department administrative staff.

The Organizing Committee welcomes you and wishes you all a fruitful and engaging conference.

--- The Organizing Committee

Johanna Danciu (University of Toronto Mississauga), Bill Hodges (University of Guelph), Rosa Hong (University of Toronto Mississauga), Margot Irvine (University of Guelph), Teresa Lobalsamo (University of Toronto Mississauga), Eliane Lousada (University of Guelph/University of São Paulo), Denise Mohan (University of Guelph), Emmanuel Nikiema (University of Toronto Mississauga), Joanna Szewczyk (University of Toronto Mississauga), Azita Taleghani (University of Toronto Mississauga).