Call for Proposals: TESOL Doctoral Research Forum

2017 Doctoral Research Forum
TESOL 2017 International Convention & English Language Expo
Seattle, Washington, USA
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The 2017 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo includes a Doctoral Research Forum where doctoral students can discuss their doctoral programs and dissertation research with each other and with experienced TESOL researchers and educators. The forum comprises paper, poster, and roundtable sessions on doctoral student research, mentoring discussions based on interest, and presentations on hot topics related to doctoral research.

The TESOL Doctoral Research Forum is now accepting proposals for roundtable, poster, and paper presentations based on doctoral research at any stage. Your proposal should discuss your research as well as issues, challenges, and successes you have had.

Please note: You must be a doctoral student to present at the Doctoral Research Forum. Master’s students should submit to the Master’s Student Forum. Applicants may not submit more than one abstract.

Types of Proposals

A paper (15 min. with 5 min. Q&A) is an oral presentation, with occasional reference to notes or a text, that describes or discusses empirical or theoretical research at any stage of doctoral studies. Handouts and audiovisual aids may be used. Paper presentations will be organized into sessions of 2-3 papers, according to strands they are submitted to. Paper sessions will be chaired or co-chaired by presenters within the session.  

A poster session (1 hr.) is presented on a large (4 ft. by 8 ft., 1.22 m by 2.44 m) display board. Posters can present research at any stage of doctoral studies. Posters should include: title, names and institutional affiliation of the presenter(s), brief text with clearly labeled photos, drawings, graphs, or charts. Handouts may be used, but no other audiovisual equipment is allowed. This type of presentation allows for short, informal discussions with other participants while the poster is on display. Although the exhibit should be self-explanatory, presenters are required to be available with their poster during their scheduled time slot.

A roundtable presentation (10 min with 5 min. discussion) is an informal discussion of work-in-progress, methodological or theoretical issues surrounding your dissertation project. Handouts may be used, but are not necessary. Generally, audiovisual aids are not used during roundtable presentations. All roundtable presentations will be held during the same session and will give attendees an opportunity to participate in a discussion about their own research and give feedback on other presenters’ topics. The purpose of this presentation is to address a topic or an issue and encourage a whole-group discussion. Roundtable presentations will be organized by strands with three or four presenters at each table. Up to twelve attendees will be able to join each table.

How to Prepare Your Proposal

Proposals must be submitted online and must include the following for each presenter:
  • First and last names
  • University affiliation
  • Email and postal addresses

Title (10 Words)

The title should accurately reflect the presentation content, be clearly written, and no longer than 10 words.

Presentation Type

Paper presentation (15 minutes)
Poster presentation (1 hour)
Roundtable presentation (10 minutes)

Abstract (35 Words)

The proposal should be no longer than 35 words. It should be carefully written and proofread.


Please choose from the following:
  • Adult Education
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Bilingual Education
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Higher Education
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intensive English Programs
  • International Teaching Assistants
  • Material Development
  • Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL
  • Program Administration
  • Refugee Concerns
  • Second Language Writing
  • Secondary Schools
  • Social Responsibility
  • Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening
  • Teacher Education
  • Video and Digital Media

Proposal Summary (300 Words)

A summary of no more than 300 words, describing the research topic and specific area of discussion, i.e., issues, challenges, and/or success faced in the research process. The summary
  • is limited to 300 words including references. Longer summaries are disqualified.
  • does not include names of the presenter(s) or institution(s).
  • presents a clearly stated purpose and point of view.
  • includes supporting details and examples.
  • contains evidence of current practices and/or research.
  • discusses issues, challenges, and/or successes realized through the research process.
  • is carefully edited and proofread.

How to Submit Your Proposal

Proposals are due at 5:00 pm ET, 14 October 2016.

Proposals must be submitted online. Proposals will not be accepted after the deadline.

 Please address questions regarding the application process to the TESOL Doctoral Forum Committee. To ensure a timely response, please put “2017 Doctoral Forum Proposal Question” in the subject line.


To present at the 2017 Doctoral Research Forum, you must register for the forum. To register, just select the Doctoral Research Forum on the convention registration form. Registration opens in September. The process for submitting a proposal for the forum is separate from the process for registering.

Registration is free, and you do not have to register for the TESOL convention to attend the doctoral forum, but only those registered for the forum will be allowed to present at the forum. 

TESOL Doctoral Forum Team

Natalia Balyasnikova
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Language & Literacy Education
University of British Columbia

Michael Karas
Doctoral Candidate
Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics
Western University