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Doctoral Research Forum

2015 TESOL Doctoral Research Forum

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Doctoral Research Forum is held annually in conjunction with the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. The forum gives doctoral students an opportunity to discuss their doctoral programs and dissertation research with each other and with experienced TESOL researchers and educators. It focuses on doctoral student research poster sessions, mentoring discussion sections, and presentations on hot topics related to doctoral study and research.

Call for Proposals

The TESOL Doctoral Research Forum Committee is now accepting proposals for poster presentations based on doctoral research at any stage. Your presentation should discuss your research as well as the issues, challenges, and successes you had in the process.

Please note that the process for submitting a forum proposal is separate from the process for registering for the convention.

Deadline Extended until 2 November 2014.

The Proposal

A completed two-page proposal including the following information:
Page 1.
Cover Page
The cover page must include the following for each presenter:
•    First and last name
•    University affiliation
•    Email and postal address
•    Telephone number

The title should be clearly written and accurately reflect the presentation content.

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

Area of Research
Please choose from the following:
•    Applied linguistics
•    Assessment and evaluation materials design
•    Computer-assisted language learning
•    English as a foreign language
•    ESOL in adult education
•    English for specific purposes
•    ESL in higher education
•    ESL in secondary schools
•    ESOL in elementary education
•    Sociolinguistics
•    Grammar
•    Intensive English programs
•    Intercultural communication
•    International teaching assistants
•    Program administration
•    Pronunciation
•    Reading
•    Refugees
•    Research
•    Teacher education
•    Sociopolitical issues
•    Writing
•    Other (please specify)

Page 2.
Proposal Summary
Prepare a summary with the title and area of research in the upper left corner.
The summary should
•    Be in Microsoft Word format.
•    Be no more than one typed, single-spaced, 8½ x 11 inch (21.5 x 28 cm) page. Longer or unreadable summaries will be disqualified.
•    Be carefully edited and proofread.
•    Not include the name(s) or presenter(s) or institution(s).
•    Present a clear purpose and point of view.
•    Include supporting details and examples.
•    Show evidence of current practices and/or research.
•    Discuss issues, challenges, and successes realized through the research process.

How to submit your proposal

Deadline: 11:55 pm EST, 2 November 2014  (Deadline Extended)
Completed proposals should be submitted to the proposal review committee through this online form  by 19 October 2014. No proposals will be accepted after the deadline. Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to the TESOL Doctoral Forum Committee. To ensure a timely response, please put “Doctoral Forum Proposal Questions” in the subject line.


To present at the 2015 Doctoral Forum, you must register. Registration is free, and you do not have to register for the TESOL convention to attend. You can register online.